Opinion: Boris Johnson's Unexpectedly Massive Win

Opinion: Boris Johnson's Unexpectedly Massive Win

Andrew Whitehead | Friday December 13, 2019

Boris Johnson's election gamble has paid off. What he wanted above all was a comfortable majority in parliament - and that he now has. Which means it's just about certain that Johnson will now lead Britain out of the European Union, as he has repeatedly promised, by the end of next month.

Opinion: What Rahul Gandhi Said To LSE Students - By Andrew Whitehead

Opinion: What Rahul Gandhi Said To LSE Students - By Andrew Whitehead

Andrew Whitehead | Saturday August 25, 2018

Rahul Gandhi chose a meeting with Indian students in London to deliver a clarion call for change in the Congress party, placing blame on its old guard for the 2014 election debacle.

Opinion: Why Theresa May Got It All So Terribly Wrong

Opinion: Why Theresa May Got It All So Terribly Wrong

Andrew Whitehead | Friday June 09, 2017

Britain's election has delivered a topsy-turvy verdict. The result is straight out of Alice in Wonderland. The winner has lost; and the loser has won.

Opinion: As Britain Votes This Week, Is It The End Of Theresa May?

Opinion: As Britain Votes This Week, Is It The End Of Theresa May?

Andrew Whitehead | Monday June 05, 2017

Mrs May has failed to take on board the lesson which her predecessor, David Cameron, learnt the hard way in last year's Europe referendum: never take Britain's voters for granted.

Opinion: What Westminster Attack Shows About London Police And MPs

Opinion: What Westminster Attack Shows About London Police And MPs

Andrew Whitehead | Thursday March 23, 2017

The shock in London at yesterday's attack is profound. The loss of life is grievous, and the mowing down of foreign students and visitors as they crossed one of London's most renowned bridges adds to the sense of bewilderment and anger. But it is the target which has caused greatest alarm. An attack on the Houses of Parliament is also an assault on the way that Britai...

Opinion: In Chennai, Sasikala Is Viscerally Unpopular

Opinion: In Chennai, Sasikala Is Viscerally Unpopular

Andrew Whitehead | Tuesday February 21, 2017

There is a deep anger about the degrading of Tamil political life, where personality trumps policy and the pursuit of power (and personal wealth) blots out serious discussion of how to govern better. And this is more than simply the standard middle-class disdain for "vulgar" politics.

Opinion: As Theresa May Meets Trump, India Should Watch Closely

Opinion: As Theresa May Meets Trump, India Should Watch Closely

Andrew Whitehead | Wednesday January 25, 2017

India is more comfortable with the US and the UK than with its principal regional rival. It could be in India's interest, paradoxically, to shore up the west in this quiet competition for global primacy.

Opinion: Nigel Farage's Exit And Political Assassinations After Brexit

Opinion: Nigel Farage's Exit And Political Assassinations After Brexit

Andrew Whitehead | Tuesday July 05, 2016

Surveying the body-strewn battlefield of British politics, Nigel Farage may well - as you read this - be propping up a pub bar somewhere, with a glass of best bitter, smiling broadly at his handiwork.

Opinion: Why And How Brexit Happened. And Why Cameron Can't Stay On.

Opinion: Why And How Brexit Happened. And Why Cameron Can't Stay On.

Andrew Whitehead | Friday June 24, 2016

London may have to devolve decision-making to the English regions, which resent the capital's affluence andnearstranglehold on political power. And politicians will have to start listening to the people they represent rather than lecturing at them.

Opinion: Priti Patel's Growing Profile In The UK - Why This Is Her Moment

Opinion: Priti Patel's Growing Profile In The UK - Why This Is Her Moment

Andrew Whitehead | Monday June 06, 2016

As the daughter of migrants, it is at first glance surprising that she is a staunch supporter of the "Brexit" campaign, which is making a lot of noise about the need to cut sharply the numbers entering the UK.

Opinion: Map Of Kashmir Creates New Pak-India Stress Point - But It Shouldn't

Opinion: Map Of Kashmir Creates New Pak-India Stress Point - But It Shouldn't

Andrew Whitehead | Friday May 20, 2016

Maps should be matters of reference, and just as you would never think of rerouting a river or moving a mountain because its presence is inconvenient, there's no good reason why maps reflect political aspiration rather than reality.

Opinion: London's Obama Moment: A Muslim Mayor

Opinion: London's Obama Moment: A Muslim Mayor

Andrew Whitehead | Saturday May 07, 2016

After an ill-tempered campaign, with allegations of Islamic extremism flung around like political confetti, Londoners have elected Sadiq Khan, a 45-year-old lawyer, as their new Mayor. He was the Labour party's candidate in a city which tends to lean to the left. And he won comfortably.

Opinion: Will Keep Your Gold Safe, Candidates For London Mayor Assure Indians

Opinion: Will Keep Your Gold Safe, Candidates For London Mayor Assure Indians

Andrew Whitehead | Tuesday April 26, 2016

"Let me tell Sikhs, Hindus, Tamils," the Labour party candidate Sadiq Khan declared at a hustings in central London recently, "your gold will be safe if I am your mayor".

Opinion: London Point Of View: Give Back Kohinoor? Fat Chance!

Opinion: London Point Of View: Give Back Kohinoor? Fat Chance!

Andrew Whitehead | Wednesday April 20, 2016

So - sorry! This outsize diamond will be staying where it is. Set in a royal crown, and on display to the millions of tourists (not many Brits bother to go there these days) who troop around the Tower of London.

Opinion: What Mehbooba In Charge Means For Kashmiri Women

Opinion: What Mehbooba In Charge Means For Kashmiri Women

Andrew Whitehead | Monday April 04, 2016

Among the many challenges Mehbooba Mufti faces as Chief Minister is to ease the male dominance of state politics, so that women can achieve more prominence - even those who don't come from Kashmir's dynasties.

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