A response to identity politics needs to unite not divide

A characteristic of today’s western political divides has been the rise of identity politics, who you are politically and who and what you identify with*. In particular this has seen the growth of political tribalism that is different from traditional party politics and even cuts across it. Such people are often angry and hostile towards traditional cosmopolitan liberalism and seek to take back control, as with “America First”, exit from … Read more

Is the moral compass of today’s politics too weak?

It’s something many “secular” minded people might resent, but it’s very refreshing to have a warning from the Church of England that today’s politics is setting people against one another and scapegoating vulnerable groups. It is being said that politicians are deficient in their moral compass. People might not like having religious groups commenting on the political arena, especially as there is such a marked trend away from traditional religious … Read more

The politics of scarcity in a time of rapid change can be toxic

Today the politics of scarcity sees a major change in social policy The observer of political trends might be curious about the mega-whammy apparently happening from today, the changes to “welfare entitlement” being introduced in the UK. On 1 April a whole raft of changes are occuring, that will probably have a major impact on the bottom percentile of the population, while in the same week the top rate of … Read more