The “Progressive Alliance” is a figment of the imagination

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Left-wing activists cling to the idea that there is an inherent anti-Tory majority, if only the opposition parties could get their act together and cooperate. Real election results, though, make it clear that there is no such thing. Eight new “metro mayors” were elected this week. What’s interesting about mayoral elections is that they use …

Necessary hashtags and the art of detecting media bias

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Twitter (or, at least, my particular Twitter bubble) has been busy this last 24 hours pouring scorn on the Home Secretary’s apparent admission in the Andrew Marr show on BBC1 (and later, in conversation with Sophy Ridge on Sky News) that she would consider legislating to force communication suppliers, such as WhatsApp, to break their …

2016 and all that

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It’s been an interesting year. For some, it’s been interesting in the sense of the apocryphal Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times”. For others, it’s been interesting in a less ironic sense. Politics and celebrities are two of the staples of the media. So it’s not surprising that big events in both have …

Two tribes go to work

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Following the EU referendum, there are, broadly speaking, four groups of people in the UK: Group A – Hardcore Remain voters, who are not only unhappy with the result but are unwilling to accept the outcome and insist on either flinging insults at Leave voters or actively trying to overturn the result (or both). Group …

After the referendum

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This time tomorrow morning, we will be voting in the EU referendum. By this time the day after that, we should know the result. So, what happens next? Obviously, that depends on what the result is. But this is what I want to see, for both options. If we vote to Remain Firstly, it’s essential …