Thatcherism is dead. The political story of the last four decades – that markets are best and the state should stay out of people’s affairs – is winding up. Just as you think the party conference season has all the appeal of wife swapping at the Travelodge, it does something astonishing, and this season it is to herald a new era in politics.
All Alex Bell Posts
Did the Spanish government give any thought to the history of nationalism when they sent police to beat up Catalan voters last Sunday?
You know when you try to recycle but the dump is closed or the bin will take yoghurt pots and not tin cans? That gap between good intention and reality needs a name – let’s call it ‘being Corbyned’.
What to write about – the banality of Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations or the claims over Brexit?
A home for everyone. It sounds like a slogan from the creation of the welfare state, a cry to build a new Britain.
Is Scotland any good at boosting the economy? It’s a question we should ask, as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB).
Kezia – a nice person in a terrible job doing OK. Not much of an epitaph but not bad, either.
In a bid to escape the bureaucratic tyranny of the EU, the UK Government finds itself tied up in knots over borders. It is a self-inflicted mess set to create new layers of bureaucracy and confusion – and a betrayal of the promises made to Brexit voters.
Can you afford a home? Many of us can’t, mostly through an accident of age. If you were born before 1970 and bought by the 1990s, prices were yet to boom.
Woke has a new meaning: to be politically aware, according to the revised Oxford English dictionary. You might have been asleep to an issue but you are alert to it now.