Category Archives: politics

Not leaving

So, it’s no secret to my friends (or those that used to count me as a friend) that I’m a Corbyn sceptic. I’m very disappointed that he has been re-elected as the leader of the labour party. I am disappointed because I think he has no chance of winning the next election, as well as […]

The transcendental material requirements for the existence of the Collegè de France

“[post modernism] a state of mind deemed possible in the west, is a luxury dependent on the state of the rest.  The post-modern experience is not on globally for those seeking bread not circuses and seeking freedom of expression and not expressive freedom.  There are transcendental material requirements for the existence of the Collegè de […]

Hobhouse on Militarism

(1) It is of the essence of Liberalism to oppose the use of force, the basis of all tyranny. (2) It is one of its practical necessities to withstand the tyranny of armaments. Not only may the military force be directly turned against liberty, as in Russia, but there are more subtle ways, as in […]

We are Spartacus | Disabled people’s views on welfare reform

We are Spartacus | Disabled people’s views on welfare reform.

Looking back on the Anti-Apartheid Movement

Looking back on the Anti-Apartheid Movement. via @patrickwintour

Writing for the Self.

Every now and then I read something which helps me to understand, or to question, the world in which I find myself living.  Often it’s great to have a prejudice re-enforced, and though having the stuffing knocked out of those same prejudices is not fun, sometimes it can also be really persuasive and interesting.  One […]

Schedule 7 and the Security State

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (brought in by Tony Blair’s Labour government BEFORE the 9/11 attacks on which the loss of much of our liberties is explained) makes very interesting reading. Paragraph 2 of schedule 7 says that you can be questioned “for the purpose of determining whether [you] appear[s] to be a […]

Britain halfway to triple-dip recession as manufacturing sector stalls | Business | guardian.co.uk

Britain halfway to triple-dip recession as manufacturing sector stalls | Business | guardian.co.uk. There is no alternative?

BBC News – A-level plans challenged by school and university heads

BBC News – A-level plans challenged by school and university heads. Not Gove’s finest hour – I would love to know where he gets these ideas from.  They can’t just be from the back of an envelope, or emerging from his dim memories of the plush private sixth-form he attended, can they?

BBC News – GCSE grade changes ‘affected 10,000 students’

BBC News – GCSE grade changes ‘affected 10,000 students’. My dad always says you should go for the ‘cock-up’ explanation, rather than the conspiracy.  However, to me this looks increasingly like a plan to de-value the state – school brand, finish off the process of making all schools into ‘academies’, and thereby move along the […]