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Ignoring the Voters

It is not difficult to find statistics to back up the view that our parliamentary democracies are not very democratic. But is there any evidence that we would wish to make the effort to invent any other kind?
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The state we're in

British diplomats have been told that they can now call the neighbouring island Ireland. Does that mean that we have to stop calling them the Brits?
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Getting Past the Post

Playwright Sir David Hare wonders why British Labour's leader doesn't speak out eloquently in favour of socialism and denounce the whole rotten edifice of British capitalism. Perhaps because he doesn't want his party to lose most of its seats.
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The Turks are at the Gate

How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history.
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Iconic Words to Curate Less Often

It being January and a new year and all that, perhaps there are some locutions that we should think of putting on the back burner going forward.
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Lawrence of Judea

John Henry Patterson, born in Ballymahon, Co Longford, was a soldier, then a big-cat hunter in Africa and eventually a sponsor of Zionism and the creation of an Israeli fighting force. He died in California in 1947 and was reinterred in Israel last month.
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The Silent Intellectuals

John Carey thought that Oxford academics were a privileged bunch who had a nerve telling other people what to think. Irish professors are not so rarefied a breed. Perhaps more of them should occasionally peek out and contribute to public debate.
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Heading towards Nation

The names of the metro stops in Paris have a certain poetry, Richard Cobb thought, while its reassuring efficiency conveys a sense of security, a sense that one will certainly, at the end of the night, get home to bed.
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Bob Purdie: 1940-2014

A tribute to the life and work of Bob Purdie, left-wing writer, activist and analyst, a Scottish trade unionist who identified with militant Irish republicanism, then changed his mind, and ended up campaigning for Scottish independence.
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Owning Up

Made a mistake? A really bad one? The best thing to do is to own up. In full..
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In Proud And Glorious Memory

It has been suggested that many participants in the First World War sleepwalked into a conflict whose future dimensions they could not at the time imagine. But Italy walked into it wide awake ... having first devoted some thought to who was likely to win.
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Speaka Da Eengleesh

Why is it that so much 'excellence' is to be found in the university sector in the English-speaking world, and so little elsewhere?
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Love as a principle, order as its base

In advance of the first round of Brazil’s presidential election, Tom Hennigan reflects on the significance of the country’s unusual ‘retro-futurist’ national flag and in particular of its famous motto celebrating order and progress.
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Flattering the people

If, as politicians like to assert, the people aren't stupid, why do we have a word for it? Surely it wasn't coined just for Afghan hounds.
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If you gotta go ...

Former French prime minister Michel Rocard, in a resounding 'J'accuse!', tells the British that if they want to leave the EU they should just do that, and quickly too. Really, they've done quite enough damage inside.
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Filthy Lucre

Money makes the world go round, but I think sensitive people like you and I can leave that to others.
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A Fair Price

Classical and medieval thinkers had a great deal of difficulty coming to terms with the practices of merchants, shopkeepers and stallholders. 'Five obols, guv, and I'll throw in the amphora. Can't say fairer than that.'
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La France en colère

Newsweek is not letting those cheese-eating surrender monkeys off the hook.
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Time Please

Which is more important? Knowing something first or knowing it correctly? And is it possible that the frenetic pursuit of the first might make the second increasingly unlikely?
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Oh my God, not a recovery please

If we are indeed very slowly, very hesitatingly, and with no guarantees, coming out of the worst of our economic depression, everyone will be very happy - except the intellectuals.
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