Religion, Migration, Power and Money

The tale of two Athens hotels, the 5-star and the refugee camp. Religion, Migration, Power and Money was the title of last month’s Athens Democracy Forum. The conference was sponsored by some Big Names, it attracted important people to come and speak, including the President of Greece, op-ed columnists at the New York Times, the Mayor […]

Britain can be the real winner of the EU referendum: why we all need to be talking about Europe

  ‘How (not) to talk about Europe’  is a recent publication from the independent think tank Britain’s Future, that advises both the ‘In’ and ‘Out’ campaigns to change their narrative so as to involve and engage the wider public, leaving a lasting legacy of public participation. In this sense, we all need to be talking about […]

Now what, Europe, now what?

As the alcohol hangover from Sunday night fades, we can start to enjoy the political hangover. Here in the UK, there is a lot of finger-pointing at who “let UKIP in”. Across the rest of Europe, the media narrative appears to be the rise of extremes. Personally, I think blaming people for the rise of […]

UK – EU Parliamentary Elections

Political Background The UK long backed European integration in theory, but has always been less certain about involvement itself. Winston Churchill backed a United States of Europe, but when the European Coal and Steel Community was started his successor as PM, Clement Attlee described it as made of “Six countries, four of which we had […]

Labour Party

Labour Party. The Labour Party is Britain’s dominant centre-left political force. Founded in 1900 out of the trade union movement, to which it has a formal link to this day. The party is responsible for building much of the British welfare state and especially Britain’s universal healthcare system, the NHS. The party has traditionally relied […]

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). UKIP have long been a presence in British politics, but have recently begun to make much more serious inroads. The party was originally founded in 1993 by anti-Maastricht Treaty activists headed by the LSE Economist Alan Sked. The party was initially a single issue party with one desire: to get […]

Sweden Democrats (SD)

Sweden Democrats (SD). For a long time it was thought that progressive, sensible, successful Sweden was immune to the appeal of right-wing populist parties. In reality this view was over-egged. Sweden never developed a right-wing populist party because the correct personnel did not exist. Anti-immigration movements elsewhere emerged from politically legitimate traditions, such as the […]

Liberal People’s Party (FP)

Liberal People’s Party (FP). Often known just as the ‘People’s Party’ the FP is Sweden’s main liberal party. The party’s ideology is predominantly social liberal, advocating a strong welfare state but high personal freedom in most other regards. It is predominantly known for being particularly attached to globalisation, supporting, as it does, Sweden’s most pro-American, […]