An outsider’s view of the election: when two tribes go to the polls

I’ve been working with David Cameron and Ed Miliband for the past 30 years, on and off. Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ve been working with them – i.e. those two individuals. In fact, I’ve yet to meet either of the main party leaders. Just that during my time as an adult – as a student in Manchester and working in London’s …

The centre-right’s lights are going out all over Europe

Despite conspiracies about folded ballot papers, the chances are UKIP will do well in the European elections, to be declared Sunday. Many will interpret this as a growing intolerance of immigration in the UK, especially England. Others may note that, across Europe, populist parties are on the rise (usually combining anti-immigration with a dislike for Brussels bureaucracy) – whether in …