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WeekWatch 23/12/2019

He might be able to quote Cicero and Catullus, but last week Boris Johnson seemed keener to borrow a few lines from Donald Trump's playbook. The prime minister told his new Cabinet that they should be unafraid to talk of themselves as a "people's government" and

WeekWatch 16/12/2019

It is 101 years since the Representation of the People Act delivered universal suffrage for all UK men aged 21 or more – and for a much larger number of women over the age of 30. Prior to 1918, men could only qualify for the

WeekWatch 09/12/2019

Getting the family together at Christmas is something many of us look forward to and dread in equal measure. It’s a time to reconnect with relatives we haven’t seen all year, and can be good fun - until someone mentions politics. It seems last week’s

WeekWatch (05/12/2019)

“Well, I don’t know how it gets better than this.” Taylor Swift wasn’t singing about the stock market at the time but, last week, she could have been. She certainly wouldn’t have been singing about herself; the singer now finds herself in the curious position

WeekWatch (25/11/2019)

In 1789 French parliamentarians attending their National Assembly gravitated to one side or other of the Assembly President; those who sat to his right sought to defend the king  and the established hierarchy; those to his left supported the French Revolution and further reform. Over

WeekWatch (18/11/2019)

Back in 2004, Blockbuster Video boasted 9,000 stores worldwide. Today, a single franchise in Bend, Oregon is all that remains. As the company’s longstanding advertising jingle had it

WeekWatch (11/11/2019)

“Deal or no deal?” was the question on investors’ minds this week, as they waited for confirmation that two leaders had finally agreed a way out of the deadlock that has weighed on the global economy for nearly 18 months. Brexit? No. These days, all eyes

WeekWatch (04/11/2019)

The late Gianni Agnelli was the richest man in modern Italian history and a style icon to boot. The grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, founder of Fiat, Gianni himself took the helm of the Italian car manufacturer in 1966, and thus controlled 4.4% of Italian GDP.

WeekWatch (28/10/2019)

Emperor Jimmu is said to have taken his place on the Chrysanthemum Throne as Japan’s first emperor back in 660 BC – well, give or take. Last week, amid the excitement of the Rugby World Cup, the 126th emperor formally proclaimed his own ascension to the throne. In

WeekWatch (21/10/2019)

The constitutional set-up of the British Isles can be more than a little confusing, even for the British and the Irish, but it is hard to remember a time it has felt so relevant. Over the weekend, the status of Northern Ireland once again helped

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