Tuesday, 16 October 2018

The Nightmare of History. Fintan O'Toole podcast

In the second Political Quarterly lecture of the year, Fintan O'Toole, columnist and 2017 Orwell Prize for journalism winner gave an important talk about the future of Britain and Ireland.

Brexit, like all revolutions, imagines a Year Zero, a new history that began in June 2016 with the glorious victory of the Leave campaign in the referendum.

But history cannot be shaken off so easily and, for good and ill, Britain's past is also an Irish past. And in some ways, this history is repeating itself, except with the roles reversed. Where Britain long imagined itself beset by the Irish Question, Ireland know has an English Question. It is as if there is a constant quantum of nationalist angst on these islands so that as it diminishes on one island it rises on the other.

You can hear his lecture here:

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

John Mackintosh at the Political Quarterly

John Mackintosh (1929-78) served as Joint Editor of Political Quarterly from 1975 to 1978, a Labour MP from 1966 to 1978, and held several academic posts, including latterly a stint as Professor of Politics at Edinburgh University. This unusual career, which spanned the worlds of practical politics and its academic analysis, gave him a unique voice in the political debates of the 1960s and 1970s. Mackintosh was a shrewd analyst of the troubled trajectory of the Labour Party, social democracy, British parliamentary government, and Scottish devolution in that period, penning many authoritative and penetrating articles on these subjects in Political Quarterly and other outlets. This virtual special issue collects together some of Mackintosh's key writings for Political Quarterly to coincide with the John Mackintosh Memorial Discussion being held in the House of Commons on 18 October. You can read the articles here.