recent years. The response in Ireland to both comments across the main political parties and wider public reaction on social media platforms was mostly critical. Comments of this nature became a regular drip-feed during 2018 and 2019 as the Brexit negotiations limped forwards. Many of these comments were either directed at the EU or more commonly at the fractured government and Conservative Party which was at war with itself over how (or even whether) it should leave the EU. The regular diet of poorly received comments from British politicians unnerved policy actors
Stories from a migrant city argues that a rethink of how the terms ‘immigration’, ‘migration’, ‘immigrant’ and ‘migrant’ are imagined and conceptualised is long overdue. It shows how moving away from a racialised local/migrant dichotomy can help to unite people on the basis of common humanity. The book also takes to task the idea that cosmopolitanism is necessarily an elite worldview: on the contrary, not only are axes of racialised difference often reinforced by the actions of economic and political elites, but, in certain spaces and at particular times, non-elite people of all backgrounds show themselves to be at ease with such difference, albeit that this is interwoven with ongoing racisms and the legacies of colonialism. Using a biographical approach and drawing on over one hundred stories and eight years of research by the author in the English city of Peterborough, Stories from a migrant city addresses the question of what Peterborough (and indeed England) stands for in the Brexit era, and to whom it belongs. Taken as a whole, the book’s tales from the city’s homes and streets, its 1970s and 1980s satellite New Towns, its older central neighbourhoods and its warehouse and food factory workplaces, together with its engagement with the cultural productions of residents, challenge middle-class condescension towards working-class cultures. They also reveal how the often-ignored stories from this and other provincial cities can be seen as gifts to richer, metropolitan places.
This book addresses the condition of the University today. There has been a fundamental betrayal of the institution by the political class, perverting it from its proper social and cultural functions. The betrayal has narrowed the scope of the University, through the commercial financialization of knowledge. In short, the sector has been politicized, and now works explicitly to advance and serve a market-fundamentalist ideology. When all human values are measured by money, then wealth is mistaken for ‘the good’. Social, cultural, and political corruption follow. The University’s leadership has become complicit in a yet more fundamental betrayal of society, as an ever-widening wedge is driven between the lives of ordinary citizens and the self-interest of the privileged and wealthy. It is no wonder that ‘experts’ are in the dock today. In 1927, the philosopher Julien Benda accused intellectuals of treason. His argument was that their thinking had been politicized, polluted by a nationalism that could only culminate in war. In 1939, Nazism explicitly corrupted the University and the intellectuals, demanding ideological allegiance instead of thought. We continue to live through the ever-worsening aftermath of this ; by endorsing an entire ideology of ‘competition’, intellectuals have established a neo-Hobbesian war of all against all as the new cornerstone of societies. This now threatens human ecological survival. In light of this, the intellectual and the University have a duty to extend democracy and social justice. This book calls upon the intellectual to assist in the survival of the species.
Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands examines how a wide range of
immigrant groups who settled in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland
from the 1990s are faring today. It asks to what extent might different
immigrant communities be understood as outsiders in both
jurisdictions. Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands brings together
research on a wide range of immigrant communities. The book provides a sharp
contemporary account of integration that situates migrants’ diverse experiences
of exclusion within a detailed overall picture of the range of ways in which
they have succeeded socially, economically and politically in building their
lives in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Chapters include analyses of the specific
experiences of Polish, Filipino, Muslim, African, Roma, refugee and asylum
seeker populations and of the experiences of children, as well as analyses of
the impacts of education, health, employment, housing, immigration law, asylum
policy, the media and the contemporary politics of borders and migration on
successful integration. Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands offers
a unique cross-border perspective on migrants on the island of Ireland today
which situates the Irish experience within the wider politics of migration
control, Brexit and integration policy. This book is a significant and timely
analysis suitable for students of migration at any level in a wide range of
social science disciplines.
The relevance of the Brexit referendum
It has to be remembered that
referenda are very rare occurrences in the United Kingdom. There have
only ever been three at the nationwide level. Traditionally they have
been seen as alien to the British way of doing things, though Professor
Simon Lee and others do well to remind us that the great doyen of the
doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty, Albert Venn Dicey, was himself
not averse to promoting the utility of referenda whenever it suited him
The development of the European Union as a community-based project of integration with decision-making powers outside the constitutional architecture of the nation-state is the most significant innovation in twentieth-century political organisation. It raises fundamental questions about our understanding of the state, sovereignty, citizenship, democracy, and the relationship between political power and economic forces. Despite its achievements, events at the start of the twenty-first century – including the political, economic, and financial crisis of the Eurozone, as well as Brexit and the rise of populism – pose an existential threat to the EU. Memory and the future of Europe addresses the crisis of the EU by treating integration as a response to the rupture created by the continent’s experience of total war. It traces Europe’s existing pathologies to the project’s loss of its moral foundations rooted in collective memories of total war. As the generations with personal memories of the two world wars pass away, economic gain has become the EU’s sole raison d’être. If it is to survive its future challenges, the EU will have to create a new historical imaginary that relies not only on the lessons of the past, but also builds on Europe’s ability to protect its citizens by serving as a counterweight against the forces of globalisation. By framing its argument through the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, Memory and the future of Europe will attract readers interested in political and social philosophy, collective memory studies, European studies, international relations, and contemporary politics.
speech to the College of Europe,
known subsequently as the ‘Bruges speech’. Its most memorable line was the prime
minister’s defence of her free market reforms: ‘We have not successfully rolled back
the frontiers of the state in Britain only to see them re-imposed at a European level,
with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels’. However, it
would be wrong to interpret the Bruges speech as an intimation of Brexit for it was
a very Conservative statement, reaffirming a traditional position on Europe while
seeking to establish acceptable limits
This book provides a new and distinctive interpretation on the political strategy
of David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. Rather
than offering a chronological overview of his leadership, or a policy-based
approach, the book assesses Cameronism via two themes – modernisation and
manipulation. In terms of the modernisation the book will examine the following.
First, how Cameron attempted to detoxify the negative image of the
Conservatives. Second, how Cameron sought to delegitimise Labour as a party of
government by deflecting the blame on austerity onto the legacy of Labour in
office. Third, how Cameron used the Big Society narrative as a means of reducing
the perceived responsibilities of the state. In terms of manipulation the book
will evaluate Cameronism in relation to coalition government, and the
exploitation of the Liberal Democrats will be examined, notably in relation to
austerity, tuition fees and electoral reform. Cameronism will also be examined
in relation the challenges to the existing political order by considering the
demands for Scottish independence, and the rise of UKIP and the case for a
referendum on continued European Union membership. Through this dual emphasis on
modernisation and manipulation the book will provide an exploration of the key
events and issues that defined the premiership of David Cameron, and a clear
overview of his successes and failures as leader of the Conservative Party and
Prime Minister. The book will be essential reading to those interested in
British party politics and prime ministerial leadership.
This book explores the development of liberal thought within the British Liberal Party and its successor, the Liberal Democrats. A thorough updating of The Revival of British Liberalism: From Grimond to Clegg (2011), it begins with the accession of Jo Grimond at the time of the Suez crisis in 1956 and charts the liberal resurgence in the second half of the twentieth century through to the major setbacks of the 2015 General Election and the 2016 referendum on UK membership of the European Union. Drawing on interviews with leading politicians and political thinkers, the book examines liberal ideas against the background of key historical events and controversies, including the period of coalition government with the Conservatives. A comprehensive account of British liberalism throughout the last 60 years, it will be essential reading for students, scholars and political practitioners alike.
minor, but its story provides an excellent case study of the electoral and parliamentary difficulties facing small political parties in contemporary British politics.
To understand the story of Change UK and the challenge for small parties more widely we must go back to the morning of Monday 18 February 2019. It was the start of a normal week in contemporary British politics. Edging ever closer to a no-deal Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting a continuing struggle with the House of Commons on the one hand, and the European Union on the