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Gavin Esler
Columnist


Former US president Donald Trump is helped off the stage by Secret Service agents at a campaign event in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. AP
Trump shooting is shocking, but gun problem made it unsurprising

In the run up to the November election, the maelstrom of American politics is becoming ever more divisive and turbulent

July 14, 2024, 3:30 PM
A man enters a polling booth to vote in the second round of France's legislative elections on Sunday. There is a sense of change and turmoil in three of the great capitals of western democracy. AFP
A tale of three democracies: what next for the UK, US and France?

Rishi Sunak in London proved a ditherer. Emmanuel Macron is disliked but decisive. Joe Biden is decent but possibly debilitated

July 10, 2024, 4:00 AM
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With an in-tray this full, Keir Starmer’s honeymoon will be brief

The British people have shown their impatience with failure and a suspicion of the promises of all governments

July 05, 2024, 6:00 PM
Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, is likely to be the next British prime minister. Bloomberg
What does it say when people in the UK find politics dull – in election week?

In 2024, the UK is more divided, more unsettled, less healthy and grumpier about politics than in 2010

July 02, 2024, 9:30 AM
Reform UK leader Nigel Farage at an election campaign event on June 24 in Newton Abbot, England. Getty Images
What chance do Farage and his Reform UK party stand in the general election?

Loved by some and loathed by many, Farage doesn’t seem to have a clue about policy or competence

June 26, 2024, 4:00 AM
Neither Rishi Sunak's Conservatives nor Keir Starmer's Labour want to talk about Brexit on the campaign trail. AFP
UK election: Tories, Labour and the politics of distraction

Politicians across the spectrum are engaging in magical thinking on how to revive the economy

June 18, 2024, 2:00 PM
A Brexit-inspired mural by British street artist Banksy depicting the European flag in Dover, England. EPA
EU parliamentary election is a vote for change and disruption

Poll set the tone of political debate within every European member state

June 11, 2024, 2:30 PM
A news stand displays copies of the free London newspaper the Evening Standard in central London on May 29. AFP
It's not time to fold up our local newspapers

Good information, facts and the truth remain vital to understanding how the world works

June 05, 2024, 7:00 AM
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak campaigns in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, Britain, on May 27. EPA
You need to be 18 to vote for Sunak or Starmer. That could change if Labour wins

Beyond lowering the voting age, there might be wider constitutional reforms in the British pipeline

May 29, 2024, 7:00 AM
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces the date for the general election at Downing Street in London on Wednesday. Getty Images
Rishi Sunak's election call may spell the end of the Tory reign of error

The UK Prime Minister's suit was soaked in the rain as he announced the date, but it is his legacy that is dampened

May 23, 2024, 10:30 AM
Activists from Avaaz wearing masks of far-right politicians and urging Europeans to unite to defeat the extreme right in upcoming EU elections, in Madrid on Sunday. AP
Do European voters really care about right, left or centre?

At the end of the day, people focus less on political labels than they do about governance

May 22, 2024, 7:00 AM
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Banning smartphones from cultural spaces: justified or just snobbery?

There is a backlash in the UK from actors and musicians against what some see as the selfish use of mobile phones during stage performances

May 15, 2024, 7:00 AM
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Teesside celebrating with Ben Houchen following his re-election as Tees Valley Mayor, on May 3. PA Wire
Public mood in the UK doesn't bode well for Sunak

The Conservatives are on borrowed time even as there are probably months before the UK general election

May 08, 2024, 4:00 AM
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during a visit to the DHL Gateway port facility east of London on Monday. AFP
A snap election in the UK? Such a rumour would suit Sunak

It's the best way for the Prime Minister to fend off his rivals within the Conservative party – at least for now

April 30, 2024, 2:00 PM
A striking junior doctor takes part in a rally in Parliament Square, central London, during a 72-hour stoppage in a row with the government over pay. PA
Why the 'sick note culture' is so common among the British workforce

People in the UK often find paying bills increasingly difficult no matter how hard they work. The UK government needs to pay a fair and decent living wage for a hard day’s work

April 24, 2024, 4:00 AM