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Death and Loss: Hope and Renewal - A Message from Stuttgart
After a tumultuous year politically and personally for Mike Stuchbery, he reminds how humans have survived the darkest hours.
'English Nationalism is the Real Threat' says former Ulster Unionist Leader
Brexit is a fault line which has triggered a realignment of loyalties in the island of Ireland – will Northern Ireland be left behind by English nationalism?
Brexit and the Fracturing of British Identity: A Warning From Ireland
Hardeep Matharu speaks to acclaimed playwright Frank McGuinness about where the nationalist Brexit project being trumpeted by Boris Johnson could end up
This is My England, and Yours: Reclaiming Englishness
Now that English Nationalism has been unleashed, Peter Jukes argues that we must all try to restore England's buried civic tolerance and historic diversity.
When will we Return to the Hope we had when the Berlin Wall Fell 30 Years Ago?
Otto English recalls what it was like growing up in a world where the threat of the Cold War loomed large – and the surprise and optimism when, one day, this came to an end.
THE UPSIDE DOWN: Making Better People – Why Eugenics Refuses to Die
Even if we could make fitter, cleverer humans, would that make them more valuable people?
The 2008 Financial Crisis Paved the Way for Brexit – Why Don’t We Talk About it Anymore?
A decade ago, the financial crisis presented the most pivotal economic, political and social moment since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We need to examine its effects if we are to learn lessons in Brexit Britain.
War and Amnesia: Tales My Grandfather Never Told Me
A personal story from Otto English about how the past is far too often sanitised to make people who were never there feel better about their family, our collective past and our country.
The March of the Oligarchs: 1979 to 2019
Peter Jukes with the historical background to a new Byline Times series on a global phenomenon that best explains Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.
History’s Rhyme: Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Johnson and Cummings
As cliff-edge Britain searches around for historical analogies to a 'No Deal' Brexit, Arthur Snell discovers an infamous King and his ill-fated adviser are the most telling of all.
Lives Left in Stone: Cologne's Eternal Cathedral
Will Cologne's cathedral, which was centuries in the making, ever be considered to be truly 'finished'? Maybe nothing we build ever is.
Art and Disaster: 'The Delft Thunderclap'
Mike Stuchbery on how terrible moments of devastation can be overcome with creativity and vision.
The Art of Dying – A Medieval Blockbuster for Terrible Times
Mike Stuchbery on reading one of the first printed bestsellers – a book on how to die properly – from his hospital bed.
Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Brexiters' Persistent Myths of Empire
Britain has not really faced up to losing an empire and the unresolved cost is playing out through the traumas of Brexit.
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