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I’m not going to get into the finer detail of why, but suffice it to say that Philip Davies MP’s proposals to “bend” the minimum wage in the case of the most vulnerable in society get me more angry than any other political issue. For entirely selfish reasons, I’m sure, I believe that protection of […]

Jun 18th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

Much as I dislike agreeing with David Cameron, I do think that he had the right idea when he was talking about the relevance of certain injunctions. That is to say, when the newspapers are legally prevented from disclosing certain information that is otherwise known to a significant proportion of the population, then the injunction […]

May 28th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

Before anybody starts, I know, it’s just a game.. But.. What sort of example does the game of Monopoly actually set to young people? Something on Twitter has made me wonder about what sort of primer it is for the rest of life.. In Monopoly, the banker controls all the money. In fact, the only […]

May 26th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

I was reading about Idi Amin yesterday, as you do, and was reminded again how history isn’t told according to fact so much as story. That’s not to say the stories are invented, but their structure is specifically crafted so as to conform to the expectations of a story – beginnings, middles, ends, good guys, […]

May 12th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

Three things have depressed me over the last week or so. That’s three more than would normally get to me. The first is this… We All Live in a Fascist Regime Strictly this is not my view. Not least of all because fascism requires a number of conditions that simply do not exist in this […]

May 3rd, 2011 | Filed under Politics

Word on the street is that Lush, the ethical cosmetics company, has donated £10,000 towards the legal costs for the UK Uncut protesters arrested in Fortnum & Mason. I’m not entirely clear whether the donation to Green and Black Cross is specifically for the UK Uncut protesters, or for more general running costs (not least […]

Apr 27th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

For any given First Class seat, the financial viability for the operator of First Class Rail depends upon the following (entirely made up) formula: Fbenefit = (Fcap / Scap) x (Fprice / Sprice) That is to say, from a pure cost point of view, you need to be charging sufficiently more for each seat to […]

Apr 15th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

Mass immigration threatens our way of life, says David Cameron A footnote at the bottom of this article reads: A Nobel prize-winning economist yesterday suggested ministers allow migrants to buy their way into the country. Prof Gary Becker, of the University of Chicago, said selling visas for £30,000 a time would help the Government select […]

Apr 14th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

Growing up, I wasn’t really exposed to the realities of class in this country. Growing up in a village that has been used as a filming location for Midsomer Murders more than a few times, it’s a fairly homogenous environment. There was a dim awareness that some of the houses in the village were “council […]

Apr 11th, 2011 | Filed under Politics

The recent restructurings of higher education costs and NHS funding have one key thing in common – they both operate on the assumption that introducing a free market environment will lower running costs and improve performance, because that’s what free markets do. It’s a typical viewpoint held by the economic right, which assumes that just […]

Jan 22nd, 2011 | Filed under Politics