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Sam Knight

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Past articles by Sam:

Nicola Sturgeon’s Calamitous Arrest

Just months ago, the First Minister of Scotland was a hero to progressives and independence seekers. Then she resigned—merely the start of her downfall. → Read More

Watching Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s Destroyer of Worlds

The Norwegian has set upon English soccer like a wrathful angel. → Read More

Will Football Leaks Finally Blow Up the Premier League?

Rui Pinto, a Portuguese hacker, set into motion the investigation that now threatens the future of Manchester City, English soccer’s most successful team. → Read More

The Inadequate Answers of Liz Truss, Britain’s Likely Next Prime Minister

Sam Knight writes about Liz Truss, who will probably become Britain’s next Prime Minister, and on how her conservative tendencies will likely enfeeble a country that has, of late, seen frequent sit-ins, strikes, and heat waves. → Read More

Boris Johnson’s Government Is Collapsing in on Itself

Sam Knight writes about the ministers and aides deserting Boris Johnson’s government, and the many who have called for the U.K.’s Prime Minister to resign. → Read More

The Shameless Farce of Boris Johnson’s Attempt to Send Refugees to Rwanda

Sam Knight writes about the U.K.-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership—a new arrangement in which the African country has agreed to process and house asylum seekers who have sought refuge in the U.K.—its failure, and how it plays into the politics of Boris Johnson. → Read More

Riding London’s Unexpectedly Fantastic Elizabeth Line

Sam Knight writes about London’s newly opened railway route, the Elizabeth Line, which took more than a decade and twenty billion pounds to complete, and which decreases commute time between the east and west points of London. → Read More

The vision collector: the man who used dreams and premonitions to predict the future

In 1966, a British psychiatrist had an idea: to change the course of history by asking the public to share their eerie intuitions → Read More

Can the BBC Survive the British Government?

In its hundredth year, the broadcaster maintains a near-total reach—and faces a threat to its existence. → Read More

The Endgame of the Oligarch Who Owns Chelsea

Sam Knight writes about the influx of foreign money into British football, the Chelsea F.C. soccer team, and Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch who owns the team and is currently subject to sanctions for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. → Read More

The Misogyny That Led to the Fall of London’s Police Commissioner

Sam Knight writes about Cressida Dick, the first female commissioner in the history of London’s Metropolitan Police, who recently resigned from the position, following the high-profile murder of Sarah Everard and a tenure marked by an inability to counteract misogyny among the members of the force. → Read More

Rediscovering a Lost Dystopia and Its Prescient Author

Sam Knight writes about the late Kay Dick, a queer editor and writer, whose novella “They”—about a dystopian future in Britain—is being re-released in February, 2022. → Read More

The Fall of Boris Johnson

Sam Knight writes about the continuing political fallout of the revelations that several parties were held at 10 Downing Street during a year of coronavirus lockdowns—with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, having attended at least one such event. → Read More

The Tragic Choices Behind Britain’s Refugee Crisis

Sam Knight writes on the recent tragedy in the English Channel, in which twenty-seven migrants drowned, and on how Brexit and Boris Johnson are making refugees’ journeys to the U.K. more dangerous. → Read More

From the archive: ‘London Bridge is down’, the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death – podcast

From 2017: She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan → Read More

Boris Johnson’s Fickle Climate Leadership

In the face of scientific reality, the host of the U.N. climate-change talks comes up short. → Read More

From the archive: How the sandwich consumed Britain – podcast

From 2017: The world-beating British sandwich industry is worth £8bn a year. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast – and now it’s coming for dinner → Read More

The Labour Party Is Britain’s Lost Opposition

Boris Johnson’s government has been a reckless failure, but Keir Starmer, Labour’s new leader, hasn’t offered a convincing alternative. → Read More

An Ark for Vanished Wildlife

Derek Gow’s maverick efforts to breed and reintroduce rare animals to Britain’s countryside. → Read More

The Power and Paranoia of the BBC’s Princess Diana Interview

Sam Knight writes on revelations about how Martin Bashir obtained a BBC interview with Princess Diana, broadcast in 1995, at a time when she was separated from Prince Charles. → Read More