Jay Elwes, Prospect Magazine

Jay Elwes

Prospect Magazine

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Jay:

Douglas Murray’s war on the west

The biggest threat to our values comes from militant nostalgists who want to impose a uniform narrative on history → Read More

No one in their right mind should want to succeed Boris Johnson

The prime minister’s replacement will walk into a kind of political hell → Read More

When Christ came to Bath

Haile Selassie, the exiled Ethiopian emperor, left something to the people of his host city. It has been neglected—but not forgotten → Read More

The insatiable human appetite for exorcism

A new book explores terrifying possessions from centuries past. Yet spirits still haunt our collective imagination → Read More

Michael Lewis on how to spot a crisis coming

Michael Lewis has spent decades chronicling the life of US institutions. He tells Jay Elwes why the US’s shocking failures on Covid-19 could have been avoided → Read More

The housing dilemma—our new special report

How can Britain build more homes? → Read More

The road to recovery—Prospect’s new report

How do we escape the Covid trap? GDP has plunged. Huge numbers of people still rely on government support. The deficit has swollen far beyond the limits that any previous Conservative chancellor has ever dared go. The UK economy now faces a wide array of problems, questions and threats, not least from inflation, which threatens […] → Read More

The economic crisis: in numbers

Data highlights the global nature of the economic impact of Covid-19 → Read More

From Trump to Biden: Boris Johnson’s New Look

Johnson’s time as a populist has come to an end. That may help to resolve his immediate political problems and endear him to the president-elect. But when the next election comes around, the people who voted for Brexit and who gave him a landslide victory in 2019 may not be so forgiving. → Read More

John le Carré's post-Cold War vision is shot through with a sense of longing

The historical era that defined the master writer may be long gone, but something deeply compelling remains in his work → Read More

Brexit Britain’s great financial question

Out in the global financial markets, where would a post-Brexit Britain fit? → Read More

The Prospect Podcast #54: Who was Sergei Skripal? With Mark Urban

How a top Soviet soldier became an MI6 mole—and why the Kremlin tried to kill him → Read More

May still thinks she’s getting somewhere, which makes her humiliation only more cruel

The PM's post-Salzburg bluster can’t hide the fact she’s got nothing, has achieved nothing, has done nothing → Read More

May still thinks she’s getting somewhere, which makes her humiliation only more cruel

The PM's post-Salzburg bluster can’t hide the fact she’s got nothing, has achieved nothing, has done nothing → Read More

The cause of the coming Brexit financial crisis

Britain's attempt to leave the EU could cause a storm in financial markets → Read More

Britain’s giant leap into space—Prospect’s new supplement

Scroll down to find the pieces from Prospect’s space supplement You might not know it, but Britain has a burgeoning space industry—40 per cent of all satellites currently in orbit were made in Britain. The government is now determined to push the space industry as far as it can go. The economic arguments for that ambition are strong. Jobs in the space sector are generally well-paid and require… → Read More

The great political parties may not survive the Brexit process intact

They are already weak, and as Brexit legislation moves through parliament they are coming under immense strain → Read More

Another masterwork from Antony Beevor

This book isn't a bridge too far for the historian → Read More

Could the green revolution begin down this disused Cornish mine?

Lithium—the crucial ingredient in the world’s best batteries—could help us kick the oil addiction. Jay Elwes descended down a dark tunnel in the countryside to find out more → Read More

Within the quiet ordinariness of Salisbury, a global drama unfolds

As ducks bob down the river, the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found is cut up for removal → Read More