Journalism

I have written comment pieces and features for The Times, Guardian, Spectator and Telegraph amongst others on subjects as wide-ranging as teaching capitalism to Chinese Millennials, Elizabeth II’s Coronation, the decline of religious politics in the UK and why Gen Z love Jeremy Corbyn. I have also reviewed for The Financial Times, The Tablet and Standpoint Magazine.

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‘Eliza Filby’s writing is remarkable for its sinuous prose, peppered with dry wit. Ms Filby can turn her hand to long or short forms, both academic and journalistic.’

Daniel Johnson, Editor, Standpoint Magazine

Recent Articles

The Boomerang Children – The Times

‘Thousands of newly minted graduates heading back home this summer will be treated to some financial respite, with parents offering full board and laundry services for free. More than half of over-18s who have finished their education and live at home with parents enjoy rent-free living. The remaining 45% are being charged a bargain £194 a month on average…

See my commentary and the full article here

Labour hasn’t ‘won’ Millennials – the ‘youthquake’ myth is more proof young people are actually Right-wing, Telegraph, 29 Jan 2018 (paywall)

‘The young are not habitual socialists; they are capitalists for whom capitalism is not working.

‘Rather than specific policies, the crucial reason why Labour were able to capture young votes is that they have tapped into Millennial consumer frustrations, not their innate socialist leanings. From an early age, Millennials were primed for the market; growing up in the longest consumer boom in history, but they were also guaranteed to be frustrated, given that they entered adulthood during the longest recession in history.’ Read full article here

‘The Pied Piper of Islington’: Why the kids love Corbyn, Standpoint

Corbyn has the appeal of a record player in an ipod age…..

‘Corbyn’s takeover of the Labour party in the summer of 2015 was not a peasants’ revolt but rather a pensioners’ revolt, overseen by a crew of backbench has-beens. But it has undoubtedly has its greatest appeal among the young, on whom the Labour leadership increasingly relies to do much of its work on the ground. Corbyn (67) and John McDonnell (64) are now the political equivalent of over-the-hill rock stars headlining the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, feeding off the energy of the youthful crowds as they trudge through their set of self-indulgent prog-rock anthems.

To read full article access here

Observer: What sort of Toryism will emerge from this fractious upheaval?

‘Harold Macmillan once said that Toryism was a form of “paternal socialism”, but it is hard to see how in the age of the internet and anti-establishment feeling, fuzzy paternalism is the answer. When Conservatives such as Gove talk about social reform, they tend to centre on the individual, policies that help people realise their potential through opportunity. But surely, if the referendum has revealed anything, political capital needs to be realised at a community rather than individual level’

Read full article here

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Academic Articles

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Interviews

The Boomerang Children – The Times

‘Thousands of newly minted graduates heading back home this summer will be treated to some financial respite, with parents offering full board and laundry services for free. More than half of over-18s who have finished their education and live at home with parents enjoy rent-free living. The remaining 45% are being charged a bargain £194 a month on average…

See my commentary and the full article here

Battle of Ideas debate: Have we lost the art of conversation?

Delighted to join Prof. Julia Hobsbawn, screenwriter Richard Mason, journalist Lauren Razavi, and Prof. Simon Wessely at the excellent Battle of Ideas to debate whether in the digital age we are losing the art of conversation. As always, the best contributions were from the audience.

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