Boris Johnson: Britain’s undiplomatic new diplomat-in-chief (The Conversation) (video)

Within hours of taking office, the UK’s new prime minister Theresa May picked one of the most undiplomatic people in modern British politics to serve as the United Kingdom’s diplomat-in-chief. The surprise announcement that former London mayor Boris Johnson is … Continue reading

The Big EU Reality Check: whatever you do, don’t rely on your gut (video)

Last night the BBC finally decided that it was time that the great British public was given some actual facts about the EU referendum instead of the usual ding-dong political head to head style shouting match. In The Big EU Reality … Continue reading

John Oliver destroys the case for a Brexit (video)

John Oliver’s epic take-down of the case for Brexit, “Brexit the Movie” and UKIP is a thing of great and hilarious beauty. If you have a vote this Thursday, but still have no idea what a Brexit is or why … Continue reading

Stanford sexual assault: how social media gave a voice to the victim (The Conversation) (video)

The internet has erupted in fury after the sentencing of Brock Turner, a star athlete for the Stanford University swim team, who was convicted of three sexual offences, and more specifically of assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated 23-year-old woman behind a … Continue reading

Government and ‘independent expertise’: think tanks represent a blind spot for critical analysis

Drawing on recent research about UK think tanks, austerity and social policy, Hartwig Pautz and Elke Heins examine the relationship between government and the world of ‘independent expertise’. Focusing on one example, the Centre for Social Justice’s influence over Conservative ministers’ social policies, they … Continue reading