Why leaders who bullshit are more dangerous than those who lie

Bullshit seems to be the new currency in politics. Around the world, a new breed of politicians is flourishing, for whom lying and bullshitting is part of their everyday routine. This is earning them both popular [...]

2019-11-13T11:01:14+00:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

How the language we use entrenches inequalities

The rhetoric surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU has become increasingly inflammatory. Some feel that Boris Johnson’s use of military metaphors such as “surrender act” to describe a piece of legislation has made debates even more polarised. [...]

2019-10-10T11:46:11+01:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Boris Johnson’s flirtation with populism will have lasting consequences for the Conservative Party

UK politics is getting more dramatic, divisive and nastier. Nowhere is this more evident than in the populist turn taken by the Conservative Party. Problematically for them, however, populism is incompatible with some of the central principles [...]

2019-10-02T11:07:08+01:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Traitors, betrayal, surrender: British politics now dripping with terms that fuel division

The Prime Minister’s inflammatory language in Parliament provoked outrage. PA Recent scenes in the UK House of Commons, showcasing language that has been criticised as inflammatory and divisive, have caused deep concern. In particular, many [...]

2019-09-30T14:59:24+01:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

Pathological power: the danger of governments led by narcissists and psychopaths

After spending his early life suffering under the Nazis and then Stalin, the Polish psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski devoted his career to studying the relationship between psychological disorders and politics. He wanted to understand why psychopaths and narcissists are [...]

2019-09-27T13:38:18+01:00September 27th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Boris Johnson seeks political asylum in Ireland after Supreme Court ruling

Downing Street today confirmed that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to seek political asylum from the Irish government. The announcement was made just as UK Supreme Court ruled that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful. [...]

2019-09-25T10:25:09+01:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: In The News|Tags: , |

Diversity: the same old faces are deciding the world’s future and it affects us all

Just 160,000 Tory party members chose Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson. It’s the first time in history that the UK prime minister has been determined by voters from only one party. Research by Queen Mary University London and the University [...]

2019-09-10T17:49:01+01:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |