That declaring the intention to do something is pretty much the same as getting it done.
Book review …
Fight the opponent you have …
… and not the imaginary one you like to beat. That’s the lesson in this week’s column on what Labour tends to get wrong when it campaigns against the ‘same old Tories’.
In which I have a guest spot on the Irish Times politics podcast …
I very much enjoyed this conversation with Hugh Linehan of the Irish Times, for their Politics Weekly podcast. We covered a psychology, politics, technology, nationalism, history, a bit of economics and the inevitable splash of Brexit … Listen here.
The Court of King Boris
This week’s Guardian column charts the evolution of British politics from cabinet government to potentate’s court – and considers how it might end. (Spoiler: badly.)
Also, while I spoke to the Guardian’s Today In Focus podcast. That one is here.
Divided Tories can be government and opposition at the same time
This week’s Guardian column is all about the way Boris Johnson’s party is monopolising debate at Westminster and hogging the bandwidth of English* politics.
*Scotland, as ever, tells a different story.
Podcast: on optimism, the pandemic, climate, sourdough
The latest episode of Politics On the Couch, in which I discuss the brain’s innate tendency to overestimate the likelihood of good things, with honoured guest Tali Sharot, professor at the department for experimental psychology, University College London.
Brexit as a machine for generating perpetual national grievance
Alexei Navalny’s not so secret weapon against Vladimir Putin
A column on the way Russia’s now incarcerated anti-corruption campaigner gets under the skin of the president in a way that no previous opposition figure has managed.