Alan Hughes

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Liberalism in the Balance

What the new president has done in his first few days in office has hardly been surprising, even as it’s profoundly horrific. What <i>has</i> surprised me is …

Political Science

Scotland Seeks Independence Vote in Shadow of Weaker Economy

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s political fight for another independence referendum might just be a prelude to the economic one lying ahead.<p>…

Scottish Government

Stigmatise, Shame, and Silence

<b>Progressive Authoritarianism & the Death of Debate</b><p>"It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry."<p><i>- Thomas Paine</i><p>Before I get into …

Jacobinism

Labour's Impoverished Expectations<p><b>Or, Why I Cannot Join the Centre-Left in Voting for Sadiq Khan</b><p>During the course of a bitter and often tawdry …

Slavoj Žižek: Why 'Political Correctness' Gets In Its Own Way

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek points out several hypocrisies of political correctness while addressing how contemporary totalitarians construct social …

Scottish leftists should stop kidding themselves - a vote for the SNP is a vote to end the Union

Nicola Sturgeon's leftism is just the latest pose adopted by the shapeshifting Scottish National Party in its neverending quest for independence<p>The scary advance of the Scottish Nationalists just got scarier with <b>the launch today of the party’s manifesto</b> and the unveiling of its "alternative" vision …

Labour Party

Five great disasters caused by Scottish over-confidence

When I was researching a book on the financial crisis and the collapse of RBS, I became obsessed (again) by Scottish history and the way in which …

Scotland

Tories strike election gold with warnings on Sturgeon and Miliband

Have the Tories hit the jackpot? Judging by the media coverage of the past five days they have. They have managed to combine their warnings of economic chaos after 8 May – the threat of excessive borrowing, leftwing influence and instability – with the threat posed by Scottish nationalism. By …

Conservative Party

SNP tax powers plan 'creates £9.7bn shortfall by 2020'

The Institute for Fiscal Studies warns Nicola Sturgeon's proposal giving Scotland full financial autonomy from the UK would likely require 'substantial' tax rises and spending cuts.<p>Nicola Sturgeon’s keynote plan to cut financial ties with the UK would require “substantial” Scottish tax increases …

United Kingdom

The SNP's very Scottish conspiracy...

As its supporters insist that MI5 rigged the Scottish referendum, voting SNP now requires faith in the unbelievable, says Andrew Gilligan<p>With its tearooms and old-fashioned shops, the attractive town of Dunoon, in Argyll, seems to epitomise Scottish moderation and common sense. But alongside the …

Greek eurozone exit edges closer as markets brace for Athens default

Eurozone officials meet for further crunch talks on Greece this week amid warnings that time is running out for the country to avoid defaulting on its debts and being jettisoned from the single-currency bloc.<p>Deputy finance ministers will convene on Wednesday to pave the way for talks among finance …

Europe

Is One of the Most Popular Psychology Experiments Worthless?

A trolley is careening toward an unsuspecting group of workers. You have the power to derail the trolley onto a track with just one worker. Do you do it? It might not matter.<p>Harvard University justice professor Michael J. Sandel stood before a lecture hall filled with students recently and …

The Cold Logic of Drunk People

At a bar in France, researchers made people answer questions about philosophy. The more intoxicated the subject, the more utilitarian he or she was likely to be.<p>Laboratory assistants have to do all sorts of terrible, embarrassing things, but surely this is among the silliest: Enter a bar in …

Is Religion Inherently Violent?

In her new book, Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong argues against the idea that faith fuels wars.<p>"Piles of heads, hands, and feet were to be seen. It was necessary to pick one's way over the bodies of men and horses." This was how the historian Raymond of Aguilers described Jerusalem in 1099, as he …