Podcast: Week in Review — From UK’s Brexit Muddle to The Hope of March for Our Lives

March For Our Lives in Washington, March 24, 2018

I joined talkRADIO’s Paul Ross early Friday for our weekly review of events in the UK and the US.

We begin with the downbeat from Britain, with both the Conservative-led Government and the Labor opposition party mired in confusion over the Brexit negotiations for departure from the European Union and with issues like the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic unresolved.

We’re in that phase where, at one level, you’re into details of what has to be discussed — but at another level the big questions still haven’t been addressed.

Does broken up mean you still get the benefits of hanging out together — the single market, the customs union — or are you taking this complete leap into the unknown?

There’s also chat about a further tangle within Labour, with the issue of anti-semitism unsettling the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

But then it is onto the upbeat, looking at the hope of a change in US political culture spurred by young people and the March For Our Lives.

This is even bigger than gun control. This is about other social and economic issues. This was not a march about just one group in America — there was a cross-section bringing in those issues and, beyond that, bringing in decency and tolerance and respect….

This could be the biggest shift since the 1960s, with people saying when we talk about civil rights, we mean civil rights.

Listen from 10:45 in 0100-0130 Segment

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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