Aditya Chakrabortty

Aditya Chakrabortty is a Guardian columnist and senior economics commentator.

Boris Johnson and his Cabinet

Britain is Mired in Democratic Crisis – But it Goes Much Deeper than Brexit

Put bluntly: yes, Britain is mired in a democratic crisis. But it is one that is older, wider and deeper than this week’s debacle over Brexit and parliamentary sovereignty, and it features across our everyday lives.

September 4, 2019


Britain’s Infrastructure is Breaking Down. And Here’s Why No One’s Fixing It

The spirit we need is that summed up by the librarian who rhapsodises to Klinenberg about his branch: “The library really is a palace. It bestows nobility on people who can’t otherwise afford a shred of it. People need to have nobility and dignity in their lives. And, you know, they need other people to recognise it in them too.”

August 14, 2019

Preston model

In an Era of Brutal Cuts, One Ordinary Place has the Imagination to Fight Back

And for those desperate to preserve a spark of hope in a political system that feels so hopeless, let me suggest this: watch Preston.

March 13, 2019


Panic is on the Agenda at Davos – But it’s too Little too Late

The solutions to this crisis will not be handed down from a mountain top to the grateful hordes: they will rely on us taking power for ourselves. Three decades after Reagan, the nine most laughable words in the English language are: “I’m from the elite and I’m here to help.”

January 23, 2019

The Bevy Pub

Yes, There is an Alternative. These People have Shown How to ‘Take Back Control’

Spread across Britain today are people and places united by a common condition: they are largely powerless. Their economies have been emptied out, their services cut to the bone, their incomes under threat.

September 26, 2018