On Ireland’s elections.
With Sinn Fein riding high in the polls, are we looking at an upset? Is this a populist upsurge in Ireland, finally, more than a decade after the start of the crisis? We discuss what Ireland’s ‘end of history’ was like and how the ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy sustained it; and look at how the country was the EU’s “model prisoner” of austerity. Are there new stirrings? And what are the prospects for unification?
On how Labour lost.
Was it Brexit that did for Labour? In what sense? What now for the British Left – and for democracy?
- 02:40 Opening chat
- 05:15 The electoral map, the generational divide
- 21:46 Class
- 33:52 The leadership and the media
- 48:10 Holding our prediction to account
- 53:30 Reaction of various Labour factions
- 01:03:10 Future of left-populism
- How class, turnout and the Brexit party shaped the general election result, Financial Times
- The Failure of the Left to Grasp Brexit, Michael Wilkinson, Verfassungs Blog
- Anti-politics & the last gasp of British Labourism, Tad Tietze, Left-Flank
- Hate to say it, but #BrexitWouldveWon, Alex Hochuli
- Don’t blame Corbyn or Brexit: Labour failed to rage against the hated political system, Adam Ramsay, openDemocracy
UK general election preview.
Is is really the Brexit election, if Labour doesn’t want it to be? We survey the parties’ positions, and promises, and ask some big what ifs. Could there be a major realignment in the offing? And we make some predictions – which you can hold us to account for later on…
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On Bolivia, Macron, Randian Chile.
In this month’s ‘Three Articles’ – in which we each bring to the table a key article to unpick and unpack – we discuss Bolivia’s coup and a left-wing argument against Morales; Macron’s big interview in the economist and his questionable ‘defence of sovereignty’; and a libertarian nutjob goes berserk in Chile.
Syriza lost the last Greek elections after 4 1/2 years in power. What happened to a party that, for a time, represented the European radical left’s hopes? Did it achieve anything in power? Many talk about Tspiras’ “betrayal” – is that the right way to look at it? And what are the wider consequences of this defeat: is time up for this wave of “left populists”?
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We discuss Paolo Sorrentino’s “Loro” (2018), a dreamlike cinematic depiction of Silvio Berlusconi. Does the film succeed in capturing Silvio, or does it glamourise him? What explains the appeal he had – and why was the left never able to properly dethrone him? What does it say about 2000s Italy, and its relevance to our times?
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Syriza lost the last Greek elections after 4 1/2 years in power. What happened to the party that for a time represented the European radical left’s hopes? Did it achieve anything in power? Many talk about Tspiras’ “betrayal” – is that the right way to look at it? And what are the wider consequences of this defeat – is time up for this wave of “left populists”?
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