For the first time in 28 years, the men’s England football team has made it to a World Cup semi-final. Throughout the World Cup, there have been images of jubilation and sorrow, anger and relief. This emotional cauldron is what makes football such an important space for local and national identity. Dr Mark Doidge discusses how 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has renewed an emotional sense of identity and belonging in England fans.
The i-word pulsates through our politics like never before. No speech—on the left or the right—is complete without a complaint about some community, region, town, country or industry being “left behind.” But what is the inequality we really need to worry about, and is it really getting worse?
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