6/10/2021. Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom. Boris Johnson, Sir Keir Starmer and Priti Patel pay respects to Sir David Amess. Belfairs Methodist Church. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson accompanied by the Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer and the Home Secretary Priti Patel pay their respects to the Conservative MP Sir David Amess after he was stabbed to death at Belfairs Methodist Church, ,Leigh-on-Sea, Essex on Friday 15th October 2021. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

In 2013, I stood where my hero Clement Attlee stood and where, before him, the nation’s hero — Winston Churchill — stood. I was on the floor of the House of Commons. The despatch boxes were right in front of me. Looking around, I took in the magnificence of this…

Joe Biden speaking to a crowd in Iowa in 2019. Photo: Gage Skidmore (used under a creative commons license)

“We’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” President Joe Biden warned on Tuesday, speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Republican officials, who have enacted a spate of voter suppression laws in dozens of states, are “not only targeting people of color, they’re…

John and TJ Osborne of The Brothers Osborne. Photo: Consequence (note: this photo was obtained via Google Creative Commons License; if this photo is not in the public domain and you own the copyright, please contact the author for removal or attribution)

This article originally appeared in “Sky’s the Limit,” my Substack newsletter

I wanted to get this out for Pride Month, but unfortunately, I struggled to find a home for it and, when I did, breaking news overtook it. So, it was never published. In some ways, that works out, as…

A caricature of Senator Joe Manchin (D — WV) by artist DonkeyHotey

Joe Manchin’s announcement over the weekend that he would not support either ending the filibuster nor the For The People Act — Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill — rocked the political world. “…[V]oting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue…

Skylar Baker-Jordan

Skylar Baker-Jordan has been writing about UK and US politics and culture for more than a decade. His work has appeared at The Independent, Salon, and elsewhere

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