PROJECT EMPIRE

How the English Language Conquered the World

This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » In 1170, Richard De Clare, the English Earl of Pembroke, subdued the Irish city of…

The Criminal Origins of the United States of America

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar; Credits: Wikipedia; British Library; British Museum This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » On December 15, 1722, twenty-seven…

The Real Cecil Rhodes

This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » I doubt many of us would feel comfortable putting up a statue with the following…

The Enslaved Prince of Annamaboe

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar; New Politic; National Portrait Gallery; Christies This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » The entrance door to the…

Introducing Project Empire

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar; New Politic This article is part of Project Empire, an editorial series designed to explore the history of the British Empire. See the full collection here » Lives were taken and millions were displaced. Countries were…

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In Netflixs Squid Game, Capitalism Takes Centre Stage

Squid Game Squid Game, an original Netflix drama produced in South Korea, is a streaming phenomenon. Released on 17 September, within two weeks the series has become the most watched Netflix title in 76 countries, including the US, Australia and…

Teaching Grit is Bad for Children and Bad for Democracy

New Politic According to the grit narrative, British children are lazy, entitled and unprepared to compete in the global economy. Schools have contributed to the problem by neglecting socio-emotional skills. The solution, then, is for schools to impart the dispositions…

Hannah Arendt Warned Us About Politicians Like Johnson

“How vulnerable is the whole texture of facts in which we spend our daily life; it is always in danger of being perforated by single lies or torn to shreds by the organized lying of groups, nation, or classes…” —…

Im Sick of Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends NATO in Madrid. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street I’m sick. No, I don’t have the coronavirus or monkeypox. I have Boris Burnout Syndrome (BBS). Symptoms include a depressing loss of faith…

Should MPs Have Second Jobs?

Nadhim Zahawi leaves 10 Downing Street. Picture by Tim Hammond / No 10 Downing Street Once again, Britain finds itself in the middle of a row. The latest political divide was triggered by another Tory scandal involving the former MP…

Dishonesty Gets Easier the More You Do It

Jessica Taylor; New Politic Cast your mind back over the past week. How many times were you tempted to act dishonestly? Perhaps you were given too much change at the pub and deliberated whether to tell the barman. Maybe you…

The Next Face of the Conservative Party

Rishi Sunak inside HM Treasury / Flickr It was in 2016, when David Cameron returned from Brussels, that he realised his attempt to use the Brexit referendum to sort out his party’s wranglings over Europe had failed. Having lost Boris…

How Climate Change and Disease Helped The Fall of Rome

The Course of Empire / Thomas Cole At some time or another, every historian of Rome has been asked to say where we are, today, on Rome’s cycle of decline. Historians might squirm at such attempts to use the past but,…

We Can Predict The Future

Illustration by Zeyd Anwar If you’ve ever tried to think about the future or read an article and contemplated the implications of a particular analysis, then forecasting concerns you. Superforecasting is about how to think about the future with accuracy,…

Boris Johnsons Quotes on Politics, Sex and Life

© Suzanne Plunkett 2017. ON POLITICS When: 2003 The quote: “My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.” Context: After being sacked by Michael Howard as shadow arts minister,…