The (identity) politics of ‘free’ speech

Boris Johnson’s now infamous article in the Telegraph regarding Denmark’s decision to ban the wearing of the burka and the niqab appears to have ignited yet again the whole question of  how far one can go in a ‘free’ society in expressing views that are bound to offend at least …

Psychoanalysis and political correctness

Twenty years ago Howard Schwartz wrote a paper on the Psychodynamics of Political Correctness which might easily have disappeared into the academic graveyard along with all those other countless publications that no-one outside their particular sub-discipline would ever read in the first place.  However, times change and today political correctness …

A Brexit psychopathology?

The first thing to point out is that the term ‘psychopathology’ is not meant in a derogatory sense, i.e. implying that those individuals who voted to leave the EU in June 2016 were somehow ‘deluded’ (and likewise for those who voted to remain).  Rather, it is to explore the possible …