Sleeping Giants

BY DAVID EYLES A few thoughts on the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election on 2nd December 2021: This constituency, combining Bexley Heath and Sidcup was originally held by Sir Edward Heath from 1950 until 2001. It has always been a Tory stronghold. Unsurprisingly, the Conservatives won, but with a seriously reduced majority. The late James Brokenshire’s majority of 18,952 has been reduced by Louie French … Continue reading Sleeping Giants

Days of Illusion

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Two millennia ago, during a civil war in the Roman Republic, Octavian fought a disinformation war against Mark Anthony. Using verse and catchy slogans printed on to coins, Octavian swayed the Roman people with fake news – claiming that Cleopatra’s lover was a drunkard who disrespected Roman values. He eventually won the war. He became the first Emperor of Rome, ruling for … Continue reading Days of Illusion

Where’s Your Loyalty, Brits?

With Brexit just under two years away, Britain is leaving the EU but hopes to maintain good relations with Europe. Meanwhile, the Americans are welcoming their old friend back to the negotiating table after many years’ absence. Similarly, Commonwealth countries are calling for free trade agreements and closer cooperation. Where do you as a Brit feel your loyalties lie outside of the UK? Who should … Continue reading Where’s Your Loyalty, Brits?