Why does anyone care about Renew?

There’s something a bit stinky about Renew, ‘the UK’s most credible new political party’ according to press release that heralded the party’s launch earlier this week.

It’s not surprising that another new party has emerged. In the febrile atmosphere of Brexit, now is a healthy time for new parties – 50-odd were created last year and more than 20 have emerged this year before we’ve even left February.

What is odd that anybody cares.

Beyond a press conference, a functional website and a vague centrist ethos, it’s unclear what Renew has that many of the other small outfits don’t. From the outside, it is bizarre that a party led by an accountant, a start-up consultant, a comms advisor and a fintech executive with limited experience in politics has gained any traction.

From its website the party has 19 declared candidates. According to the Core interview with principal James Clarke, it is crowdfunded, and has a few larger donors. Given that it is deliberately drawing candidates who have never been in politics before – much as French president Emmanuel Macron did before he was elected – it presumably has few local roots in any of the constituencies it will fight for.

Equally, many of the arguments are remoaner boilerplate. None of the spokespeople can countenance that the EU is an unloved institution in Britain, with all attributing the leave vote to inequality, or anger at the financial crash, or anything but the idea that the British do not want to be governed from Brussels. Nor do they have a convincing argument for why the referendum should be ignored.

What gives? The only reason I can think of is that they have connections in the media that allowed them to wrangle some early coverage. And while it’s possible it could take off, there’s no reason to think it will.

Podcast Ep. 103: Good Ship Britannia Runs Aground

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Echoes of the British Empire in the Brexit vote, the centenary of (some) women and younger, working class men getting the vote in the UK, and plans to stop people slagging you off on the internet are the three topics this week.

Joining us are the moderators from 4chan, who now run the world.

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Podcast Ep. 102: Walk-On Girls Find New Work As Brexit Analysts

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This week we discuss Piers ‘Morgan’ Moron’s brown nosing interview with The Trumpster, the civil service’s leaked Brexit Analysis of Doom, and sexy ladies being fired from darts contests and auto racing are the three topics this week.

Joining us is the superior organisation of the patriarchy.

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Podcast Ep. 100: Century Pootacular

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Our contrasting reviews of Nick Clegg’s anti-Brexit book, Kipper Nigel Farage’s ambiguous call for a second referendum, and Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ outrage are the three topics this week.

Joining us is a round number which we nod at before moving on.

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Clegg’s Knighthood Must Be for Services to Brexit

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When Nick Clegg takes a knee in front of the Queen to receive his knighthood later this year, it will not be obvious what he has achieved in two decades of public office.

To be sure, as leader of the Liberal Democrats he was the first yellow tie in government since the Second World War. But his Commons seat loss at the hands of Corbynite Jared O’Mara – later disgraced for Internet rudeness – capped a year of Liberal destruction, in an election that has all but ensured Brexit by securing Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

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