In a short letter for The New European, I argue that the next challenge for former Remain supporters is to prepare for an inevitable second Scottish independence referendum, and not campaign for a second EU referendum. https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/what-next-for-those-who-oppose-brexit-6908946
In a Medium post, I explore how the political memoir became weaponized as a tool for revenge and reinvention. https://tomparkinwrites.medium.com/weaponizing-the-tell-all-political-memoir-d0db0bffe8ac
In February, Ecuador will elect a new President and National Assembly. In 4 minutes, here's what you need to know about the candidates, parties, major issues & implications for the wider world. https://tomparkinwrites.medium.com/ecuadors-2021-election-what-you-need-to-know-d44128d2ac02
In my first Medium post, I argue that fellow former Remain supporters should not set about attempting to rejoin the bloc, but organise for the inevitable and more immediate second Scottish independence referendum. https://tomparkinwrites.medium.com/still-anti-brexit-look-north-to-scotland-not-over-the-channel-6927725046cc
Last weekend, I visited Broomhill High Street to check up on changes made along the pavement. I was disappointed to see barriers left out and uneven surfaces, all for the most unimaginative alteration to the area. There is a real concern amongst businesses here that these changes to parking will reduce customer numbers and make … Continue reading Visiting Broomhill High Street
The questions I believe we should ask our leadership candidates in the 2020 race: More on narrative and electoral objectives and less on policy.
As the Liberal Democrat leadership contest rolls on, it is clear both Ed Davey and Layla Moran are eager to shift our policy platform to a greener and more radical position.
Let’s be clear. The election of a new figurehead will not in itself boost our standing in the opinion polls. Nor is it a matter of identifying the perfect policy combination to regain the seats lost since 2015. The internal reforms needed are urgent, wide-ranging and long-standing. There is no quick fix and we mustn’t expect our fortunes to change overnight.
Here, I set out a three stage…
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Gianni Sarra is a PhD candidate at King’s College London. He is a recipient of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership studentship award and his doctoral research is on ‘The Dirty Rules Dilemma: Achieving Justice in Conditions of Corruption’.
One of the most important states in determining control of the Senate will be in Maine. Long-term Senator, Susan Collins, is the sole Republican left in New England’s congressional delegation. Though Maine leans towards the Democrats, Collins was able to win her previous elections in landslides thanks to a reputation as an independent-minded moderate.
The Trump era, however, has dealt a heavy blow to that reputation, and now polling shows Collins narrowly behind in her fight to get reelected in November. How good are her chances, and what was it exactly that caused her situation to become so perilous?
Susan Collins has long…
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‘You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.’ This is certainly true of former First Lady Michelle Obama. For those seeking a reminder of life before the Trump administration, look no further. ‘Becoming’ on Netflix follows Obama’s autobiography of the same name, which in March 2019 sold over ten million copies.
But for those expecting this authorised work to be a job application for the 2020 Vice-Presidential nomination, you’re in for a dissapointment. The final cut comes across as a purposeful end to a former life. Obama herself declares the pre-presidential years…
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From: Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Tom Parkin To: Mark Pack Dear Mark, We hope this finds you well and safe. Here is our joint submission to you on the Liberal Democrat’s long-term strategy. Why a joint submission? Paul has been a Liberal Democrat member since 1992 and serves … Continue reading Joint Letter to Mark Pack: Cllr Paul Hodgkinson and Tom Parkin on the Liberal Democrat’s long-term strategy
On 26th March, I was pleased to have been elected Sheffield Young Liberals' Campaigns Officer for the year 2020/21. There is a lot of work to do to build up our student base, but I am looking forward to the challenge. Many thanks to all the other candidates who stood in this election and congratulations … Continue reading Thank you! Election as Sheffield Young Liberals’ Campaigns Officer for 2020/21