Map of the 2020 presidential election result.

Figures have been updated to reflect recounts and the resulting small changes to the final voting figures.

All states (and DC) have now certified their presidential election results and while Biden won the popular vote by over seven million votes and handily won the Electoral College, it’s clear that the…

Starmer and Corbyn — Seeming Relevant Versus Being Relevant

Corbyn and others
Image rights: Jeremy Corbyn, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Someone pointed out that the biggest lasting legacy of the Corbyn-McDonnell project, from when it ran the Labour Party, could well be its influence on Rishi Sunak and the Conservative government’s economic policy response to COVID-19.

The ex-leader and ex-shadow chancellor called for massive state intervention in the economy and…

Could Britain rejoin the EU?

Yes, but it will be tremendously, enormously, difficult. That’s no reason to not try but it’s important to recognise the scale of the challenge ahead. …

Trump (Image: Gage Skidmore)

If Trump loses his bid for reelection this November, which according to opinion polls is an increasingly likely outcome, what’s next for Donald Trump?

Those who are hoping to see the back of Trump if Biden beats him may be disappointed. If Trump loses this November, he could run again…

A man leaps across a deep gully.

I was crying in the basement of a hotel in Eastbourne. Through some intense emotions, I thought; I’m overweight, I’m in my thirties, and I’m crying.

I must look ridiculous.

It was definitely not part of the plan for my life or this weekend.

There were thirty or forty of…

A castle with a blue sky in the background
The Castle of Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain (one of the filming locations)

Beware there are spoilers here — though they won’t spoil Game of Thrones as much as the writers did with the show’s last episode.

Is there a TV show that has disappeared from our collective cultural awareness as quickly as Game of Thrones did? There were so many stories in newspapers and on websites, so many conversations in the office and the pub but now… no-one talks about it. It’s like it never happened…

British soldier on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
British soldiers on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day (public domain)

Britain was forever changed by the Second World War, though not as much as some countries like the defeated, annihilated Germany and Japan, nor the new superpowers that emerged from World War 2; a devastated Russia with its millions upon millions of dead or the United States which became an…

A candle in the dark

Tens of thousands of Britons have died with no end in sight to this pandemic. Each day sees a new number of total deaths but that number is too often treated as a mere statistic if it’s mentioned at all — and in many newspapers, it isn’t.

The media and…

Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer at a press conference

I’ve edited the title from ‘Keir’s Here: The Case for Optimism for the Labour Left’. No one on the Left should be optimistic! But we should stay in the Labour Party.

The protracted Labour leadership contest is finally over. …

Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Update (June 2020): I really hope I’m wrong. I mention the coronavirus below but the true scale of it is now obvious and Trump’s inept handling could change everything as could an economy in freefall. Also, I didn’t foresee Trump recommending people to drink bleach.

From time to time many…

Andy Higson

Psychology, politics, history, and moments of realisation and despair. There are attempts at humour.

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