Britain can take real pride that a messy, fraught, passionate struggle over a fundamental principle of democratic and civic life is taking place within it.
For John Lloyd's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The predictions of democratic failure in the face of authoritarian power will come true only if publics allow it.
For all the assurances that the world is getting better, there are huge geopolitical challenges to face and master to make that optimism real.
Christmas is invariably the time for a grouch that neither Christ nor mas(s) feature much in a festival meant to rededicate Christian believers to the worship of the son of God. Materialism, especially for children, swamps, on this view, any reflection on the meaning ...
The only force that could save Theresa May's deal is the Labour Party, but hopes are very thin.
The antagonistic visions of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn indicate a great disruption in the politics of the world.
Britain's Boris Johnson and America's Alex Jones work to create and further the themes and dramas of contemporary populism.
Poor immigrants are finding the welcome mat missing almost everywhere they go.
The Italian crisis is over, and has just begun.
If the new administration in Rome keeps its nerve and will, it is committed to a strategy of confrontation with the union it helped found and now may destroy.