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Liberals confront Greens on two continents

Charles Richardson November 21, 2017 4 Comments

Both German Liberals and Australian "Liberals" are finding their lives complicated by the need to work out some sort of relationship with the Greens.

Do we really have to go through this again?

Charles Richardson November 13, 2017 5 Comments

So the Coalition no longer has a majority in the House of Representatives. Here's why that's no big deal.

A very quick election roundup

Charles Richardson October 20, 2017

An occasional feature. This week, Czechia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and Catalonia.

Countries that love their immigrants

Charles Richardson August 29, 2017 2 Comments

Australia scores well on a world survey of attitudes to immigrants, but the implications for political debate are not entirely clear.


Charles Richardson August 18, 2017 1 Comment

Some further thoughts on the moral catastrophe that is Trumpism.

Who’s afraid of Alfred Deakin?

Charles Richardson August 16, 2017 3 Comments

Judith Brett argues that Malcolm Turnbull should have learned some lessons from Alfred Deakin, but perhaps the problem is that his opponents have already been learning them.

Election preview: Papua New Guinea

Charles Richardson July 6, 2017

A chaotic election in Papua New Guinea represents, among other things, the failings of Australian colonialism.

More about democracy and neoliberalism

Charles Richardson May 29, 2017 2 Comments

Democracy is the friend of liberalism, not its enemy. Maybe it's the friend of neoliberalism as well, if only we could agree on what that means.

Two follow-up notes about France

Charles Richardson April 21, 2017 2 Comments

Two additional comments to make following this morning's post on France: one on betting odds and the other on the dilemma of the Australian right.

Tribalism trumps policy at News Corp

Charles Richardson April 17, 2017 4 Comments

A News Corp writer endorses the National Front. How many more will follow him?