My apologies to anyone who has been visiting this site in recent months. I have not been diligent in posting links to the columns and essays I have written, or the podcasts I have recorded. Looking at the date on the post before this one, it seems I haven’t been here since November last year. If it hadn’t been my own name, I probably would have forgotten the URL.
The neglect is partly because I have been distracted writing a book, about which I will post something here soon. Writing books turns out to be every bit as time-consuming – as all-consuming – as people warned me it would be. I didn’t listen. Now I know.
Meanwhile, all of my Guardian columns and podcasts are available here.
This week’s Guardian column is on the hunt for ever purer national sovereignty and the trap that means Britain is condemned to be always reenacting the bitter politics of trying to leave the EU … with no prospect of satisfaction because we have already left.
I haven’t updated this site for a while. In the unlikely event that anyone visits it to catch up with what I have been writing for the Guardian, that is all here. (The latest one was on Boris Johnson and the shallowness of Tory conversion to the cause of carbon reduction.)
But the reason for posting today is the arrival of a new Politics on the Couch podcast – on rationality and democracy, recorded in person with Professor Steven Pinker.
This week’s column is about the long tail of Brexit in British political culture; Boris Johnson’s gift for deferring hard choices and Keir Starmer’s difficulty getting into the national conversation.
In which we discuss his new book and the ways in which he failed as leader of the Labour party.
After some delay (sorry, long story) there is a new edition of Politics on the Couch, all about how the minds of violent extremists work, how radicalism affects the brain and how to walk people back from the dark side.
Check it out.