Analysis: Gavin Williamson's Empire 2.0 'reign of terror' is Britain in late stage imperial decline
The UK Defence Minister delivered a speech for the ages – so riddled with imperial bombast and blood-thirsty intent that no one could fail to read it and still think Britain is one of the world’s good guys
GAVIN WILLIAMSON, UK Defence Minister, delivered a speech on Monday [11 February] that will probably go down in history. Not because it was in any way good, or coherent, or elegant. It was none of those things.
Long Read: The heroic story of Harry McNish and Shackleton's Imperial Transantarctic Expedition
Retired civil servant Margaret Cuthbert writes a special tribute to Harry McNish, a carpenter on the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition who had to resist his incompetent boss and maintain a broken ship almost single-handedly in freezing conditions to save the crew. Is there lessons from this story for modern day British politics?
Analysis: 5 of the worst crimes of Winston Churchill
There's no question of Churchill's racism and crimes against humanity
SCOTTISH Green MSP Ross Greer has drawn the ire of such renowned historians as Good Morning Britain's (GMB) Piers Morgan with his claims that Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill was a "white supremacist" and "mass murderer".
In the end the GMB presenters seemed to decide that Greer wasn't wrong about Churchill, simply that it was "so offensive" of him to recall the historical record.
£9.2 trillion drained from India during British rule, economist finds
“The modern capitalist world would not exist without colonialism and the drain,” says Indian economist Utsa Patnaik
BRITAIN impoverished India over the course of its colonial rule by a staggering £9.2 trillion, laying the groundwork for modern international capitalism and holding back present-day India’s ability to escape poverty, a leading Indian economist has claimed.
Analysis: Britain helped create Saudi Arabia - the Establishment won't give up their influence without a fight
The UK Government is under increasing pressure over relations with one of its closest allies
REPORTS that the killers of Jamal Khashoggi, the murdered Saudi journalist, told handlers to “tell your boss” about the assassination provide the closest indication yet that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ambitious leader of Saudi Arabia, was behind the incident.
The brutal affair has put major pressure on the UK Government's close allegiance with the Gulf power. But it's an old relationship, stretching back to the founding of the state in imperial intrigue.
Analysis: Why Africa should beware Brexit era Britain bearing Aid
PM looks to reassert UK interests in Africa as global competition over continent intensifies
AS PRIME MINISTER Theresa May begins a trade trip of African countries, she has promised an openly selfish new deployment of foreign aid and a bid to reconstruct influence in countries formerly part of the British Empire.
May will visit South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya and has promised to be “unashamed” in seeking UK interests from aid.
What lies behind the trip and this bullish new rhetoric, and why should Africa be wary about Brexit era Britain bearing Aid?
'Completely unacceptable': Historian Michael Fry slammed by fellow plaque panellist for slavery comments in Henry Dundas statue debate
Sir Geoff Palmer brands Michael Fry’s mindset on slavery as “unacceptable” and “completely out of this time”
HISTORIAN, AUTHOR and The National columnist Michael Fry has come under fire for defending controversial 18-19th century Scottish politician Henry Dundas’ role in securing a delay in the abolition of slavery in Britain as a “tiny, minor incident”.
‘Ignorant and insulting’: Anti-racist activists push back on image of the royal wedding as a beacon of progress
Women in Scotland question the media narrative framing the royal wedding as a win for race equality
ANTI-RACIST and feminist campaigners in Scotland have criticised the view, conveyed in much media coverage of the issue, that the marriage of mixed-race American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is a sign of progress on race equality, describing the framing of the wedding as “tokenism”.
Alastair Stewart: It's not nationalism which explains Brexit - it's irredentism
Alastair Stewart argues that Brexit can be explained as a British form of irredentism – any movement based on reclaiming or reoccupying territory considered lost or unredeemed – based on its post-empire status
IRREDENTISM is any movement intended to reclaim and reoccupy territory considered lost or unredeemed. The concept of a reclaiming land by historical, legal or ethnic association is familiar, even if the name is not. It does, however, happen to be a fundamental idea in understanding the current Brexit argument.