Democracy in Britain has evolved slowly away from autocracy since the House of Commons first started meeting in 1341. It would take another 347 years before the Monarchy lost its absolute power in 1688, and another 240 years before women could vote on the same terms as men in 1928. But now, nearly 100 years on, democracy seems to be heading sharply in the opposite … Continue reading The inevitable death of democracy?
I remember when Barack Obama got elected. I was 13 and didn’t consciously follow the news. Back then I would only ever catch glimpses of the news when my parents watched it each night at 10PM, and I’d easily find something more interesting to do. But I do remember Obama being elected as America’s first black president, and feeling very happy about it. It seemed … Continue reading Why I am a loser, and how to stop it
The idea that ‘immigrants are coming to our country and taking our jobs’ has been given a lot of recognition over the last five years, to the delight of some and despair of others. The idea that technology is coming to our country and taking our jobs, on the other hand, is given less recognition, to the delight and despair of no one. When the … Continue reading The inevitable spread of ‘Chinaphobia’
I’ve been back in the UK for just over a week now, having spent the last 13 months predominantly in China, but post-Corona in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Philippines. Obviously I knew what I was flying back to, and I knew that soon after hastily returning, the country was going to go into full lockdown. But lockdown is a last resort, not … Continue reading One virus. Two continents. Two very different responses.
For the last nine months I have been living in Shenzhen, where I can see the mountains of Hong Kong from my apartment building. I cross the boarder about once a month, and each time it looks more and more like a war zone. When I first visited Hong Kong back in March, it reminded me a lot of London. The infrastructure is very similar, … Continue reading Hong Kong heading somewhere scary