The Nature of Labour Today

by Hettie O’Brien

Introducing a special series on the future of work: what do zero-hours contracts and the rise of companies like Uber and Deliveroo mean for the economy and politics?

Donald Trump and the rise of the Unidentified Political Object

by Hettie O’Brien

“I think people in this country have had enough of experts”. In hindsight, Michael Gove’s sardonic comment captures much of the political sentiment of 2016. When John Prideaux, the US editor of The Economist, visited Cambridge just before Donald Trump’s election victory, he argued that a good political analyst has to do the gritty work on the street – making person-to-person contact and listening to the viewpoints of average citizens. Yet academics, journalists and policy-makers – the “experts” whom Gove riled against – are still scrambling to make sense of 2016. The experts didn’t see Trump coming.