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Helen Thompson

Helen Thompson is professor of political economy at Cambridge and a regular panellist on Talking Politics.

Will the EU hold?

Helen Thompson, 21 June 2018

If​ the real point of the European Union is to achieve an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe, the British have never seriously wanted a place in it. If we follow the logic, Brexit makes the EU a more viable political entity. But the EU has always been about much more than gradual European political unification. Currently, it is set up in a manner intended to enable it to manage...

Short Cuts: West Ham Disunited

Helen Thompson, 25 April 2018

In the summer​ of 2005 London was chosen to host the 2012 Olympics and West Ham United were celebrating their return to the Premier League after a two-season absence. Few around the club at that time would have welcomed the prospect of leaving the Boleyn Ground, where they had played since 1904, for a new stadium in Stratford, and no one in the office of the London mayor, Ken Livingstone,...

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