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nationalism on the left. But the legacies of empire and the political nature of
the neoliberal project itself suggest that enthusiasm for English nationalism
needs to be tempered with a sober analysis of its unintended political
The Starbucks and Googles of this world will always find tax loopholes. We need to link taxation once again to civic virtue and demonstratable social impact. We'll get them on the spirit of the law, not the letter.
Monolithic accounts of national identity need to make way for a form of analysis capable of embracing the ambiguity and contradictions through which all ideas of community are created. In a context of new global patterns of immigration this task is central to the economic and political struggles of the disenfranchised.
Cameron threatens to 'temporarily withdraw' from the European
Convention on Human Rights in order to expedite a radical cleric's deportation.
The worst kind of populist politics drives Britain towards
The controversy over Alasdair Gray’s contribution to a recent collection of essays on Scottish independence points to the often fraught and false relationship between the arts and politics. This is the fourth piece in the ‘Restating Scotland’ debate series.
The TUC’s new General Secretary seems to represent real change in the 'pale, male, stale' world of British unions. But can she shake them up in policy terms, and draw in the energy of a disparate anti-austerity movement?
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