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The Conservatives ignore Ukip's economic populism at their peril...(full article)

If Ukip implodes under the weight of its scandals, there may be nobody left to ensure a robust campaign for British exit from the European Union....(full article)

Inequality within the United Kingdom is growing - not just between people, but its constituent parts. The next government will have to do more to turn the tide....(full article)

The British justice system is not only the parent of its American counterpart; from habeas corpus to the right to a fair trial, it has yielded many of the ideas that are now seen a...(full article)

British politics seems to be heading for a constitutional crisis after elections on May 7th. Recent polls suggest the Scottish National Party will take almost all of Scotland's sea...(full article)

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Britain's Tribal Legacy Lives on - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Some years ago I went to see a medieval farmhouse in north Devon. The owner was a hostile character with a gun and a mastiff. “Where you from?” he shouted as I approached. I sa...

Britain's Surveillance State - New York Times

Edward Snowden exposed the extent of mass surveillance conducted not just by the United States but also by allies like Britain. Now, a committee of the British Parliament has propo...

No Eclipse, Please, We're British - Telegraph

The great Solar Eclipse of 2015 was anticlimactic at best. But humans have always acted as if they have better things to do than watch the spheres align....

Britain's Not-So-Splendid Isolation - Alexander Gorlach, The European

Even today, Britons proudly sing “Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves”; yet, for a long time, they haven’t ruled anymore. This is a problem – for Great Britain and fo...

Europe Buries Its Head and Its Militaries in the Sand - Ian Birrell, WSJ

Germany has been asserting its leadership in recent weeks by seeking to resolve the two major crises confronting the continent, with Chancellor Angela Merkel heading cease-fire tal...

Britain's Impending Constitutional Crisis - Simon Heffer, New Statesman

Another hung parliament and the ill-conceived Fixed Term Parliaments Act could compromise the country's constitution....

Britain's Leadership Is a Tragedy - Carl-Georg Luft, The European

Cameron’s lack of activism nearly divided the United Kingdom. The 2017 referendum will present another crucial test – with consequences for the EU....

Why Did Britain Let 'Jihadi John' Go Free? - Nico Hines, Daily Beast

Before he was identified as the ISIS murderer who beheaded Westerners, Mohammed Emwazi was watched by MI5 and even detained en route to Africa....

The British Politicians for Sale - Nico Hines, Daily Beast

Another reminder this week that Schadenfreude is a pleasure best avoided by the political class: Two of Britain’s most senior politicians, one Labour, one Conservative, both ...

Let's Cheer this Change in British Society - Independent

Though the topless models never aged a day, time has finally caught up with The Sun’s Page 3. Rupert Murdoch’s paper quietly dropped the 44-year-old Fleet Street institution ea...

Britons Are on Welfare All Over the EU - Nardelli et al, The Guardian

Unemployed Britons in Europe are drawing much more in benefits and allowances in the wealthier EU countries than their nationals are claiming in the UK, despite the British governm...

British Hypocrisy on Terror and Freedom - Freddy Gray, National Interest

The British, like the Americans, have good reasons to doubt the sincerity of their leaders’ commitment to free speech. In the hours following the attack on the satirical Fren...

A Solution for Britain and the EU - Centre for Policy Studies

Reforming Britain’s relationship with the EU could boost trade, reveals Dan Hannan MEP in a new report Britain and the EU: A Solution, published by the Centre for Policy Stud...

The 5 Strangest Places in the UK - Sam Jordison, The Guardian

If Sutton is the most ‘normal’ place on these shores, what about the opposite? Stand up, boozy Newcastle and religious East Grinstead....

Britain Lends Russia Its Marbles, and that's Great - B. Johnson, Telegraph

That a museum is free to flout government policy towards Russia is immensely good news....

Posh Pettiness in the British Limelight - Steven Erlanger, New York Times

A taxi driver recorded an extraordinarily vicious and elaborate outburst from Mr. Mellor, so full of snobbery and self-regard as to seem a comedy skit. “Shut up! You sweaty, ...

Are Coalition Politics Here to Stay in the UK? - Philip Stephens, FT

The moderate middle, with a belief that sound economics can be combined with a fairer society and an understanding that Britain cannot cut itself off from its own continent, are le...

Britain's New and Disturbing Far-Right Party - C. Allen, The Conversation

The decision to grant planning permission to build a new mosque in Dudley has come after more than a decade of wrangling in the West Midlands town. And the division caused by the a...

Behind the 'Dark Web' Cyber Busts - Anne Jolis, The Spectator

Alas and indeed: the truly rich and powerful transact their shenanigans the old-fashioned way – hiding in plain sight, funneled through the entertainment budgets of worthy ta...

25 Years After the Wall Fell, Separatism Marches on - D. Edgar, Guardian

The rise of a racist far right across Europe is a clear and present danger to both halves of the continent....

Leaving Lebanon, Land of Dashed Hopes - Michael Karam, The Spectator

Escaping the shadow of the Islamic State to a changed country....

UKIP Torches Real Britishness - Will Hutton, The Guardian

How Europe’s countries manage their inter-relationships in a constructive rather than destructive way is the perennial European question....

Great British Pragmatism on EU - Independent

Something strange and possibly wonderful is happening to British public opinion. Even as the UK Independence Party is enjoying a disruptive moment not seen in politics since the la...

Democracy Is the Product of a Long Struggle - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Britain's democracy did not come from civil society programs taught by human rights workers; it was the offshoot of bloody dynastic politics and uprisings in the medieval and early...

Who Can Lead Britain on the Path out of Europe? - M. Fabricant, Guardian

The in campaign will be run by a consensual, passionate businessperson or statesman. They will offer guarantees of reform and their campaign will be showered with money – som...

4 Reasons Europe's Foreign Policy Still Sleeps - Jan Techau, Carnegie

Despite a range of challenges and threats, EU member states show little sign of developing a robust, unified foreign policy anytime soon. Four major weaknesses are to blame....

Cameron Sends Wrong Signals to EU - Keith Taylor, New Statesman

The government’s stance on immigration is a source of much shame for many MEPs in Europe....

The EU's Arrogant Misunderstanding of UK - Philip Johnston, Telegraph

Europe has changed beyond recognition from the organisation that Britain signed up to....

Sovereignty Issues Push EU to the Brink - Gideon Rachman, FT

Control of borders and budgets are two of the most traditional powers of the nation....

The U.S. Can Teach Britain on Federalism - Bruce Katz, Brookings

Devolution is in the air in the UK. In a remarkable turn of events, Britain’s political parties are competing over how, not whether, to devolve power to cities and metropolit...

British Vote on Palestine Won't Change Much - Azriel Bermant, Guardian

Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a r...

Lessons for America from Britain's Imperial Troubles - G. Rachman, FT

Britain was directly or indirectly involved in the fighting in many of these wars during the years 1919-1920. Their locations sound familiar: Afghanistan, Waziristan, Iraq, Ukraine...

Britain Breaks Its Promise to Afghanistan - Economist

In Helmand, where his enraptured Labour predecessor said the “future of world security” would be decided, Mr Cameron reiterated his belief that battling jihadism was the “str...

The Identity Crisis of Britain's Youth - Paul Mason, The Guardian

There is a political vacuum in working-class Glagow, which is echoed in English and Welsh cities and across southern Europe....

Scotland Vote Illustrates Britain's Decline - Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

When growth, trade, and leadership in the world no longer draw the country together, then people begin to focus on what drives them apart: who’s getting how big a share of th...

UK Needs a Constitutional Convention - Natalie Bennett, New Statesman

More than 200 years ago the Founding Fathers of the United States of America drew up a blueprint for the governance of their newly-independent nation. Nothing less than a project o...

David Cameron Wants a British Revolution - Peter Oborne, The Telegraph

The truth is that English votes for English laws, along with the Devo Max pledged to Scotland last week, amount to greatest revolution in the way that Britain is governed since the...

Brussels Gives Criminals an Open Door to Britain - Daily Mail

Just what does it take for a foreign criminal armed with an EU passport to be turned away by the British authorities?...

Scotland's Velvet Revolution - Suzanne Moore, The Guardian

Ignore the strange dry-eyed weeping from the English – it’s nothing more than British imperialism. Now is the time to take a leap toward self-rule....

No Country for Old Money - The Economist

It was a Scot, David Hume, who in a 1748 essay set out the first coherent theory of the links between money, inflation and growth. And it is a Scottish idea, the joint-stock bank t...

What Canada Can Teach UK on Independence - N. Richler, New Statesman

In the fortnight in which one of Franklin’s lost ships was found in the Canadian arctic, and Scotland – like Quebec before it – is voting on independence, the par...

London's Toxic Relations With the Rest of Britain - The Guardian

The concentration on London politics, arts, sport and media creates a mindset unfamiliar to and unfathomable by many outside the capital. And with the cost of living in London proh...

After Beheading, Britain Must Keep Its Cool - The Guardian

The killing of Mr Haines was not an act of revenge. It was an act of provocation. Like the two murders of the American journalists, it was designed to frighten and to inflame....

Give Britain Another Chance - The Guardian

Inescapably, the question of national identity is near the heart of next week’s vote. Scotland’s voters must give their answer to the question – who exactly are w...

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