The vote split along geographic and political grounds; it is hard to see how any proper government can be formed between competing brands of populism.
Posts by Garvan Walshe
Garvan Walshe was National and International Security Policy Adviser for the Conservative Party until 2008.Follow @
Garvan Walshe: To get real Brexit for Great Britain, the DUP should consent to Ulster staying in the Single Market and Customs Union
If there’s to be no border in Ireland, and Britain is to leave the Customs Union and Single Market, it follows that there must be a customs border on the Irish Sea.
Doing so would be an opportunity for us to learn – Ukrainian forces have valuable experience of state-to-state conflict, and of Russian weaponry we have never faced.
They offer the best chance to maintain influence in Syria to counter Moscow, but the question of their ongoing conflict with Turkey must be addressed.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
The old hatred has been ushered in by a toxic mix of Islamism, anti-immigrant populism and far-leftism. Liberalism must fight back.
We are not up against a revived Soviet Union. At most, Putin’s state is a puffer fish – poisonous, but not as big as you think.
Garvan Walshe: In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia plays with fire. And there is no American adult to provide supervision.
The Saudi crown prince is in a hurry on every front – if anyone is advising him to take care, then he is certainly not listening to them.
Self-determination always involves conflict. In some cases that is justified, a conflict of necessity. In others it is not.
The deal won’t stop Iran’s nuclear programme for good, but it is still better than alternative, military means of non-proliferation.
Garvan Walshe: Short of sending tanks into the streets, Rajoy couldn’t be handling Catalonia’s crisis worse
The Spanish Prime Minister’s tin-eared reaction to police violence served to heighten, not dampen down, tensions.
The policy of preventing Pyongyang becoming a nuclear state has failed. We must now shift to protecting others from that new reality.
Leaving the EU means we’re erecting an enormous trade barrier with our continent.
Corbyn surely knows that Chavista populism isn’t the only alternative to a traditionalist, oligarchic right.
The modern state is intended to restrain those who seek a monopoly on power. Such people naturally resent it when that system works.