I’ve returned from a Festschrift for Prof. Dr. Volker Schneider, who has moved to an Emeritus Professorship at the University of Konstanz in 2020. While a celebration of his retirement was delayed repeatedly by the pandemic, his colleagues moved ahead with an edited collection of papers for his Festschrift around the politics of the complex … Continue reading Volker Schneider: a Professor’s Professor
It was not easy to get the full text of Boris Johnson's resignation speech and in posts with the text, I most often found them filled with advertisements and plugs for their other news stories. Here is the full text he delivered outside Number 10 Downing Street on Thursday, 7 July 2022: "It is clearly … Continue reading Text of PM Boris Johnson’s Resignation Speech
The Russian Federation’s unjustified invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine has galvanized individuals across the world to support the Ukrainian people. The words of Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy along with other passionate and articulate diplomats in Ukraine have reinforced worldwide outrage over this invasion that has underpinned efforts of the US, UK, and NATO countries … Continue reading Keep Standing with Ukraine
Report on genocide in Ukraine
I am an American and have been living in Britain for decades, but my heritage is in the USA, where I was born. I know Americans well and have been joking about the hubris of my fellow citizens from my earliest days in the UK. Inevitably, whenever I meet visitors from the States coming to … Continue reading The Americans are Coming – God Save the UK!
A rising discussion of political narratives seems to have reached a crescendo in the first months of the David and Goliath Russo-Ukrainian War. The idea of a narrative is an attractive way to help people stay on script, but if you stick with a narrative, surely it must square with the facts. The Russian narrative … Continue reading Political Narratives of the Russo-Ukraine War
At a time when the British public should be laser-focused on Ukraine, recovering from the pandemic, and dealing with inflation and the rising costs of living, they are being led by the press and politicians to be mired in a never ending so-called ‘partygate scandal’. Partygate is a good issue for galvanising the public because … Continue reading Deliver Me from Partygate!
141 nations voted in favour of the UN General Assembly motion condemning the invasion of Ukraine. Beyond the two nations – Russia and Belarus – responsible for the invasion of Ukraine, only three countries voted against the resolution approved by the UN General Assembly: North Korea, Eritrea, and Syria. While this was a strong endorsement … Continue reading Remember the General Assembly Vote
There are serious problems with broadcast news in the UK, reflecting trends in public communication across other nations, that merit far more discussion and more systematic research. In many respects, the coverage of ‘partygate’ and new developments around the BBC License Fee highlight these issues, but could also narrow the discussion if focused only on … Continue reading Problems with British Broadcasting – Not Just the BBC
UK Business and Government Tensions: Towards a More Functional Relationship The handwringing over sleaze accusations and the fuss over Peppa Pig referenced as an example of a major business success are just two recent manifestations to what I’ve sensed to be a long-term, awkward, and dysfunctional relationship between business and government in the UK. The … Continue reading Public-Private Tensions in the UK