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The Brexit referendum: some underlying dynamics

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On Tuesday I went to one of my alma maters, LSE’s European Institute, to listen to a panel on Britain’s EU policy. As well as storifying it, I’ve also been thinking about the discussion and particularly three of the things mentioned by Simon Hix, one of the panellists. “Never underestimate the EU’s ability to find a way to muddle through” […]

The UKIP Leopard

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As part of my wide range of consumption of reading, I chanced upon an article that talked about di Lampedusa’s The Leopard, and its famous assertion that “everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same.” It wasn’t talking about UKIP, but it might well have been. On Monday, I was writing about Nigel Farage’s […]

A Diet of Brussels

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Since Ryan Heath‘s been kind enough to mention all the work I do on this site on Brexit, it seems like a good opportunity to mention a new project I’ve been working on. ‘A Diet of Brussels‘ is a podcast about the referendum here in the UK on EU membership. In it, I want to try […]

Nigel ‘Jesus’ Farage

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“…and on the third day, he rose again.” Last week was both a triumph and a disappointment for UKIP. On the one hand, they secured almost 4 million votes in the General Election, a performance almost unsurpassed for a third party in the UK. On the other, the inequities of the electoral system meant that […]

Does anyone care about the UK and the EU?

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Somehow, finally, it’s the last week of campaigning for the general election. In previous weeks/months, I written about how the British debate has failed to pick up and explore in any detail what the UK’s relationship with the EU might/should be. Today I’m swinging the focus around to the rest of the EU. The prompt […]

How you see things is how they are: UKIP in the public’s eye

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A couple of interesting polls this week help to illustrate UKIP’s situation at the moment. The first, a YouGov poll on media bias, repeats a survey from last year about how voters see media coverage of the different parties. As last time, UKIP is seen as having a much more negative bias against it than do […]

Fings ain’t what they used to be: Changing UKIP

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So we now have most of the major manifestos for the General Election. None of them – possibly bar the LibDems –  give me much cause to change my mind about the continuing failure of British politicians to talk about the detail of European integration. UKIP’s effort – released today – is a case in point. On one hand, it’s very […]

We’re in it together: the tangled web of EU politics

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One of the recurring themes in talks I give about the EU is the notion of entanglement: the idea that ‘Europe’ is not some distant agency, doing things to us, but rather IS us (at least in part) and that we are caught up in it, whatever we feel about it. A couple of stories […]

The endlessly vanishing European issue

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There are many paradoxes in British politics, but the one that has most struck me in recent weeks has been the one about Europe. On the one hand, we are repeatedly told that the EU – and Britain’s role therein – is a crucial matter of public interest and public concern, and that it is […]

UKIP: 100 days, redux

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Part of me would like to talk about Rafael Behr’s excellent piece yesterday on how an EU referendum would play in the longer-term: it’s a very summary of why a popular vote probably won’t solve anything, either way. However, I find myself returning to UKIP, and the Channel 4 programme shown at the start of the week. […]

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