Stewart highlights the strengths of polymaths in politics

So rare a species are polymaths as politicians these days that one of the striking features of almost any article about Rory Stewart makes a nod to his T.E. Lawrence-like CV, the chances that he might have leapt from the pages of a John Buchan novel, or even that he ‘must be from another age’. … Continue reading “Stewart highlights the strengths of polymaths in politics”

Theresa May: beyond the metropolitan bubble

Understanding how and why policy makers imagine and express their political positioning, narratives, and delivery is one of the great fascinations of political science and a vital matter for those seeking to tease out the future trajectories of governments. For Attlee and Beveridge exposure through Toynbee Hall to London’s East End was crucially formative. The … Continue reading “Theresa May: beyond the metropolitan bubble”

The existential war between Islamic State and secular France

The killing of a priest during morning mass at a Catholic church near Rouen on July 26 has sent new shock waves through France – a country which prides itself on its secularism, but in which religion still plays a large part in many communities. The rapid succession of attacks on French soil claimed by … Continue reading “The existential war between Islamic State and secular France”