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British Identity: The Empire’s Spectacle

, 22 September 2022
The mourning of the Queen’s death has been, largely unconsciously, a nation in a state of 'appearing', writes Joe Haward

Royal Ideology and the Future of Monarchy

, 21 September 2022
Florence Scott reflects on why it is time to discuss the underpinnings of the British monarchy – Christianity, wealth, class, imperialism

‘Out of the Picture: After the Queen’s Death, Will Britain Finally Confront Itself?’

, 15 September 2022
Britain has hidden a key part of our story from ourselves. With the Queen’s death marking a decisive shift, it’s time for us all to start building a better picture of our country and its past, writes Hardeep Matharu

‘Queen Elizabeth II: Symbolically Potent, Politically Powerless’

, 9 September 2022
Anthony Barnett reflects on the passing of the ‘New Elizabethan Age’ and how sovereignty and monarchy have moved apart

Liz Truss’ Leaked Acceptance Speech

, 5 September 2022
Otto English has got his hands on Boris Johnson's successor's inaugural speech as PM

‘Boris Johnson Completely Obliterated the Line Between Journalism and Politics’

, 25 August 2022
Julian Petley explores how the outgoing Prime Minister embodies the triumph of the Conservative political-media nexus

The Shock of the Fatwa – What it was Like Back Then

, 18 August 2022
Anthony Barnett remembers the political and social circumstances around the response to Salman Rushdie's 'The Satanic Verses'

The Identity Trap: Race, Representation and the Rise of Conservative Diversity

, 11 August 2022
Rishi Sunak is in the running to be Britain’s first prime minister of colour – but the debate around whether this will be a good thing for ethnic minorities has laid bare conflicting ideas about the 'individual' and the 'collective', writes Hardeep Matharu

My NHS and how the Tories Broke It

, 5 July 2022
Penny Pepper reflects on how the Government dodges responsibility for the lack of resources available for our health service

Imperial Measures: Confected Culture Wars and National Identity

, 1 June 2022
Sam Bright considers the metrics that undermine the right’s new ideological gambit

Barriers, Ignorance... And More Barriers: The Every Day Experiences of Disabled People

, 29 April 2022
Society and politicians need to wake-up to the fact that disability is a normal part of the human condition that can impact us all, says Penny Pepper

From Nostalgic Disability Direct Action On Screen – To Rishi Sunak’s Cold Shoulder in the Spring Budget

, 6 April 2022
A new BBC film, 'Then Barbara Met Alan', looking at the beginnings of disability direct action, contrasts sharply with Rishi Sunak ignoring disabled people from his Spring Statement, says Penny Pepper

Backwards Britain: Having Rejected a European Future, We Can Only Hark Back to an Imperial Past

, 5 April 2022
Hardeep Matharu explores how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed the UK's perilous retreat – at a time when collaboration and a new vision of itself is required to navigate the dangerous realities of a changing world

Will the Government’s £12 Million Jubilee Book Be Another Exercise in Airbrushing British History?

, 7 February 2022
A commemorative children’s book marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee year is likely to be an exercise in selective remembering, says Sam Bright

The Prime Minister of Mendacious Melodies

, 17 December 2021

Lost At Sea: Untethered Britain in the Age of Emotion

, 1 November 2021

Reconsidering the Counterculture

, 7 September 2021

Fake History: The New Brexiter Great Crusade

, 7 September 2021

Googlies for Global Britain

, 24 August 2021

Touring in Europe: The Broken Instruments of Brexit

, 9 August 2021

Matt Hancock Sleeps with the Fishes...

, 6 August 2021

Breaking Taboos: ‘We Need to Talk About Money’

, 30 July 2021

Englishness Evolves

, 14 July 2021

England? Which England? Who Won? Who Lost?

, 13 July 2021

Liberty, Equality, Infirmity?

, 6 July 2021
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