History, music, cooking, travel, books, theatre, film - but also with an eye on the 'culture wars', nationalism and identity.
The Long Goodbye: Britain and Europe –1975-2020
In Part Two of his look back at Britain's journey with the EU, Otto English charts how Eurosceptic forces were unleashed after the 1975 Referendum and channelled in the 2010s by those looking to capitalise on the increasingly hard lives of many in the UK.
THE IDEA OF EUROPE: A True Story of British Accession
In Part One of his romantic misadventures after the first Brexit Referendum, Peter Jukes and his best friend discover a mysterious dark Continent.
The Slow Hello: Britain and Europe – 1946 -1975
In Part One of his look back at Britain's journey with the EU, Otto English charts the UK's pivotal role in its formation, initial British reluctance at the project and the 1975 referendum which seemed to provide hope for a happy future in the bloc.
A Birthday Present that Shines a Light on a Better Future
Stephen Colegrave considers how a birthday present of a refurbished Anglepoise lamp presents a guide to how we can create a more sustainable world.
Hollywood’s Take on Poverty and the Financial Crisis Lacks Political Bite
Jon Bailes considers whether big screen hits such as The Big Short and The Laundromat actually leave viewers inspired to act for political change or informed but pessimistic.
The Toll of Empty Nationalism – The Brexit Bell Ends
As Big Ben (doesn't) count down to 'Brexit Day' on 31 January, Otto English considers how Britain fell into the grip of a petty nationalism, warned against by the world's greatest physicist.
'1917' Review: Tales my Grandfather Never Told Me
Chris Sullivan rates Sam Mendes' new war film up with the classics and remembers his grandfather's survival through the worst of World War One.
The Dangers of Politainment: The Laurence Fox Affair
Otto English delves into the privileged actor's descent into normalising hate and considers what purpose it may serve.
Boris Johnson Will 'Play the Nationalist Card' to Stay in Power, Gordon Brown Warns
The former Prime Minister said in a speech that he agrees with George Orwell's distinction between "patriotism" and "nationalism" and fears the Union of the UK could be over without fundamental constitutional reform.
THE UPSIDE DOWN: Puppy Love
Why do dogs and humans have such a special affinity? They tamed each other.
R.I.P. The Great White Man
Bonnie Greer on what Prince Harry and Laurence Fox's different approaches to the world in which we live tell us about privilege, race and hierarchy – and the distinction between the White Man and the white man.
Fox in the Coop: The Legacy of Roger Ailes
Ellin Stein reviews two dramatisations of the life and crimes of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News supremo.
The Fires of Bamberg are Still Burning
Mike Stuchbery returns with his telling short histories - this time of how climate change and panic led to an explosion of persecution, mainly of women.
An Audio Tour of the Fantastic 2022 Festival of Brexit
Otto English has advance copies of the plans for the coming attractions - A Nostalgia Zone, Gallery of Brexit Heroes and much more...