Brexit – May’s deal, no deal, or a second referendum? Three perspectives from the Globalist.

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As the date when we leave the EU draws near, three major positions on how we should handle Brexit have emerged. One is to take the withdrawal agreement Theresa May has hammered out with the EU. Another is to walk away from the negotiating table altogether, and leave the EU without any deal. The third… Continue Reading ➤

We were promised Brexit would leave us better off – Theresa May’s deal shows we were lied to.

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In the 19th century, a web of disputes concerning the relations of two duchies along the border of Denmark and the German Confederation, Schleswig and Holstein, came to epitomise the exhausting complexity of the European political landscape in that era. Lord Palmerston, perhaps Britain’s most famous Foreign Secretary, famously remarked: ‘Only three people have ever… Continue Reading ➤

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security under Obama, talks to The Cambridge Globalist

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The British have been obsessed with their own decline since the end of the Second World War. 1945 may have marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire, but those ‘halcyon days’ of Imperial Britain are still viewed with a rose-tinted nostalgia by many. The post-war reality – that the United States, not… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 2: The Senate

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Today marks one of the most important elections in modern American history. Trump’s election heralded the ascendancy of a divisive and populist kind of politics which has trampled the norms of American democracy. The outcome of today’s midterm elections could either demonstrate a swift repudiation of Trumpian politics, or rather its enduring appeal. If Trump’s… Continue Reading ➤

‘Jeremy Corbyn is one of the most crap opposition leaders I can remember in a generation’. The Cambridge Globalist talks to Nick Clegg about Brexit, British politics and the rise of populism.

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The past few years have not been great for Nick Clegg. Once the golden boy of British politics with a 74% approval rating, the former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats was by 2014 one of the least popular political figures in modern British history. Then a year later in 2015 the… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 1: The House of Representatives

Protest outside Trump Tower; Democrats hope an energised voter base will deliver them control of the House.               

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On November 6th, Americans will go to the polls to pick their representatives for both houses of Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, and 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats. Half-way through Donald Trump’s first term, this is the United States’ first chance since the 2016 election to… Continue Reading ➤

Jake Sullivan, architect of the Iran Deal, National Security Adviser to Biden, and key Clinton aide, on Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, North Korea, and what happened in 2016.

Jake Sullivan, second from left, with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Jake Sullivan has a C.V. which sounds like it’s been made up. A product of the local Minnesotan high school, (his phone number still begins with the Minneapolis calling code), Sullivan then went to Yale, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, was ranked the second best university debater in the world, returned to Yale Law… Continue Reading ➤

The Ghost of Jim Crow

Left: the March to Washington, 1963. Right: an ACLU voting rights protest (Source: aclu.org)

As with so much of America’s politics, the issue of voting rights cannot be disentangled from that of race. Black and other minority communities are still at the forefront of the voting rights struggle. Indeed, it is arguable that the best testimony to the importance and fragility of voting rights in the United States, is… Continue Reading ➤

Inverting Democracy: Gerrymandering in America

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It might seem a truism to say that voters should choose their representatives, but in the USA gerrymandering has got this precisely the wrong way round. Frank Mascara had served for three decades as an elected official of Washington county, which covers southern Pittsburgh. The last eight of those had been in the House of… Continue Reading ➤