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  • OPINION

    Despite Brexit turmoil, I'm proud to be a Brit

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 21/01/2019

    » This is a fine time to be British. Indeed, to be proud to be British.

  • OPINION

    Midterms resonate across Atlantic

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 12/11/2018

    » One of the major political messages of the US midterm elections has been that rural voters dominate the cities. While the Democrats made enough gains in urban areas to take control of the House of Representatives, Republicans were able to expand their majority in the Senate, where each state gets two senators regardless of population size. In an election where neither side can claim a sweeping victory, President Donald Trump's party did as well as it did because the small towns and the more sparsely populated rural areas of the United States are still, in the main, Trump country. Meanwhile, Democrat votes pile up in the cities, uselessly, from an electoral point of view.

  • OPINION

    Steve Bannon's boost to Europe's far right parties

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 06/08/2018

    » The various movements gathered under the name of Europe's "far right" have not risen like a straight line on a graph. There have been -- still are -- lows as well as highs. Yet there is a new sense of purpose, thanks to a new movement -- called "The Movement," and launched by former Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon -- and to Hungarian premier Viktor Orban's call to the right to "concentrate our strength" on the May 2019 elections to the European Parliament.

  • OPINION

    Why populists increasingly become more popular

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 12/03/2018

    » Those who feel left behind by the enrichment of the minority and the stagnation of the many are choosing to be represented by political forces that cannot give them what they need, and will likely make their lives worse.

  • OPINION

    Middle Europe turns back on EU

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 23/10/2017

    » In the Oct 15 Austrian elections, the 31-year old head of the conservative Austrian People's Party took his formerly languishing party to victory and secured the chancellorship for himself. Sebastian Kurz is on course to be the youngest leader in the developed world.

  • OPINION

    Immigration fear not limited to UK

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 17/07/2017

    » Britain's intention to leave the European Union -- Brexit -- will greatly affect the rest of the world. It's not confined to the effect it will have on the British economy, even if that is likely to be major, nor on the adjustments the remaining 27 EU states must make.

  • OPINION

    Strong headwinds lie ahead for 'ruthless' Macron

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 26/06/2017

    » We are beginning to glimpse what underpins Emmanuel Macron's success.

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