Why The Left/Right Spectrum Fails To Capture Modern Political Division

It is tradition in British politics for both lefties and conservatives to put each other into neat little boxes – Corbynista, Tory, Pinko, Rightist. However, in recent times the lines between these convenient labels have blurred, to the point where they are simply no longer accurate. The left/right spectrum doesn’t work. Clearly, the Brexit vote was not a matter of the left vs the right. Of course, the outcome was partly the result of a disenfranchised populate who felt like sticking it to the establishment. But more than this the Leave campaigners were successful because they played on the genuine […]

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The Prince by Machiavelli – Review: Why It Is Still So Relevant Today

Written to win favour with the Governor of Florence, Lorenzo de Medici, Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ was conceived in a desperate attempt to return himself to politics. His intention was to produce a practical guide on how to attain and retain political power. In this article the question I’m interested in is whether Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ is still relevant today. Now hailed as one of the seminal works of the time, it is easy to read the first chapters and wonder what all the fuss is about – I know that’s how I felt. While the first half of the book […]

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