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Past articles by Steve:

Coronavirus, the rise of "acceptable authoritarianism" and the battle for democracy

Coronavirus has upended the world order and called basic liberal values into question. With authoritarianism on the rise, can democracy as we know it survive? → Read More

Coronavirus, the rise of "acceptable authoritarianism" and the battle for democracy

Coronavirus has upended the world order and called basic liberal values into question. With authoritarianism on the rise, can democracy as we know it survive? → Read More

We knew this would happen. So why weren’t we ready?

The government’s national security advisers warned of the threat of a pandemic. “I don’t know why more wasn’t done,” said one → Read More

Merging these government departments isn't just a bad plan for Britain—it's bad for Boris Johnson

Merging the foreign office and Dfid wouldn't only hand over the aid budget from one of the world’s most respected aid deliverers to one of the least—it also causes problems for the prime minister → Read More

How the Brexit Election Was Reduced to Trivia

No one wants to talk about the real question looming over the ballot. → Read More

The UK had finally moved on from the hawkish "liberalism" of New Labour. Enter Jo Swinson

The Liberal Democrats' foreign policy proposals are vague, patchy—and oddly familiar... → Read More

How the Electoral Commission came to embody Britain's political crisis

What happens if we stop trusting elections? As accusations of bias abound—and concerns are raised over the bodies that regulate political life—faith in democracy is in a perilous position → Read More

Ignore Boris Johnson's talk of "taking back control"—this deal pushes us closer than ever to remain

The Brexiteers are happy—but the details of Boris Johnson's deal are good news for the People's Vote campaign, too → Read More

The Not So Special Relationship

When it needs a strong, reliable relationship with the United States more than ever, the United Kingdom looks across the pond with doubt and uncertainty. Even those British officials who had previously tried to convince themselves that Donald Trump wasn’t that different from previous presidents have now accepted that his presidency is in fact acutely, disturbingly different. → Read More

Did Theresa May have a foreign policy?

There was a vision there—but her successor now looks set to destroy it → Read More

The cowardice and foolishness of Theresa May and Philip Hammond

Their interventions in the leadership race were appallingly timed, badly worded and will have no effect → Read More

Tony Blair is having second thoughts on war

The former prime minister's doctrine of liberal interventionism shaped two decades of conflict. Now, as the west's power is waning, he says it needs updating → Read More

Is Britain ready for a populist prime minister?

The forces of nationalism are on the rise around the world. They could carry a demagogue to Downing Street → Read More

This week's Slovak elections show that there is a way to fight Europe's rising far-right

Leading candidate Zuzana Caputova has already shown the rest of Europe that a successful outsider doesn’t have to be an extremist → Read More

No deal is against the will of the people—and here’s the proof

“People did not vote for a deal,” Jacob Rees-Mogg proclaimed earlier this month. “They voted to leave.” For Rees-Mogg, a no-deal Brexit is not just the best solution for the UK—it’s the purest expression of what he and other Brexiteers claim 17.4m people voted for. Nor is he the only prominent Leave campaigner who now insists that no-deal is what 52 per cent of the British people voted for.… → Read More

How Theresa May could end up backing no deal

“No deal is better than a bad deal,” she said. She may say it again → Read More

“We got each other through some tricky times”: how BBC presenter Shaun Keaveny built a 12-year friendship with listeners

Keaveny's 6Music breakfast show was warm and genuinely funny. After more than a decade, he is moving to a new slot—and spoke to Prospect just before the first as live pilot → Read More

Why the debate over Labour calling a no confidence vote makes no sense

Some Labour MPs want to win and others want to lose. The problem is, neither group can get what they want → Read More

Hillary Clinton thinks you can beat the right on immigration? Clearly, she’s never heard of New Labour

For years, New Labour pursued a hard line on immigration with hateful language and exclusionary policies. The result? More people trusted the Conservatives → Read More

Why the Arab Spring failed

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi at the UN in September 2018 © Li Muzi/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images When and why did the Arab Spring fall apart? A narrative has grown over the past few years that it was doomed from the start. These countries weren’t ready, possibly weren’t even right, for democracy. The only winners would be Islamists and extremists, as proven by the election of the… → Read More