Europe just got less predictable

by Rashmee

Posted on May 31, 2019 / First Post


The Centre-right and centre-left took a beating in the EU elections. What else is in store? Europe has voted for its shared 751-seat parliament and contrary to the hype, there was no European revolution. The far-right did not take charge. Euroscepticism did not triumph. In fact, voter turnout surged to a 20-year high and the 28-country … Continue reading “Europe just got less predictable”

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A third way? Could centrism once again gain ground?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 3, 2018


As 2017 died, Daniel Finkelstein in The Times offered a dispiriting view of western politics (or, at least of Anglo-Saxon politics). Centrist parties had practically no future, he argued. It was fine to aspire to being a niche party, something like Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party. You could hoover up a special interest group and … Continue reading “A third way? Could centrism once again gain ground?”

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After Jo Cox’s murder let’s pause & ask ourselves: Can words become weapons?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 18, 2016


The British police are yet to conclusively pronounce on the motivation for MP Jo Cox’s murder. But if, as has been reported, her assailant yelled “Britain First” while he shot and stabbed the woman who worked for human rights and her West Yorkshire constituents, this is a moment to pause. If Thomas Mair, who is … Continue reading “After Jo Cox’s murder let’s pause & ask ourselves: Can words become weapons?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK