Articles by Robert Philpot
Robert Philpot is a contributing editor to Progress magazine and former director of Progress

Last Word: Not the only villain

Robert Philpot  |  24 November 2017

The Boris Johnson angle to the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case may have piqued domestic interest, but we should not believe he is the only villain here, writes Robert Philpot Yesterday, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe spent her 600th day imprisoned in Iran on trumped up charges of spying. Her already desperate plight – separated from her husband and three year old …

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The Last Word: Salmond’s cynical show

Robert Philpot  |  17 November 2017

The former Scottish first minister’s attempts to show his editorial independence at RT are a shameless ploy – but Labour cannot take the moral highground, laments Robert Philpot There was something deeply cynical about Alex Salmond’s decision to include a segment on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues during the first episode this week of his controversial …

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The Last Word: Economic populism will not save the centre-left

Robert Philpot  |  10 November 2017

Democratic revival against Donald Trump gives us an idea of the false choice the centre-left is being given in Britain too, writes Robert Philpot One year after his election, Donald Trump’s approval ratings are – with good reason – the lowest for any United States president at this point in their first term. But, despite victories …

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The Last Word: A stasis caused by division

Robert Philpot  |  3 November 2017

British politics remains suspended in animation: Leave voters sticking with the Tories, while Remain voters cling to Labour in the hope that the party will provide a lifeboat for a soft Brexit, writes Last Word columnist Robert Philpot If the most remarkable political event of the first six months of the year was Theresa May’s …

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Crowded ground

Robert Philpot  |  1 November 2016

The main political parties are battling for the mantle of backward-looking politics, writes Robert Philpot Theresa May’s first speech to the Conservative party conference as prime minister constituted an audacious landgrab as she attempted to portray the Tories as the party of the working class and claim that her government represented the ‘new centre-ground’ of British politics. …

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A warning from history

Robert Philpot  |  6 October 2016

The ‘paranoid style’ finds expression on both right and left of politics, writes Robert Philpot In November 1964, just a year after the assassination of John F Kennedy, a shell-shocked American public went to the polls. On the ballot paper they were presented with, perhaps, the starkest choice of the 20th century. Fresh from passing the …

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November shocker

Robert Philpot  |  15 July 2016

There are ways Donald Trump could win the White House, writes Robert Philpot The image of the words ‘Trump’ gaudily emblazoned above the Truman Balcony must be one of the most frightening sights in the western world. It is one that will make many yearn for the diplomatic skills of George W Bush, the intellectual rigour …

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Comeback Hill

Robert Philpot  |  29 January 2016

Hillary Clinton may yet show that precedents are there to be broken, writes Robert Philpot It was once an apparently iron law of American politics that you could not make it to the White House without first winning the New Hampshire primary. Not everybody who managed to persuade the voters of this small north-eastern state to …

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Words are not enough

Robert Philpot  |  2 December 2015

On Syria, Labour has been here before Next July marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish civil war. Over three years, General Francisco Franco’s nationalist army unleashed what became known as ‘the white terror’ as it sought not simply to conquer territory held by the Republican government, but to subdue, subjugate and …

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Power of speech

Robert Philpot  |  28 September 2015

Thirty years after Neil Kinnock’s Bournemouth speech, Robert Philpot recalls the fight to save the Labour party from the hard left In September 1985, two years after Neil Kinnock was elected its leader in the wake of the devastating landslide defeat which saw Margaret Thatcher re-elected with a majority of 144, the Labour party gathered for its …

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