Monthly Archives: January 2012

The English problem

The Scottish SNP government’s pursuit of a referendum on independence has created a constitutional crisis for the UK.  But the real problem is England, not Scotland. I don’t walk the corridors of power in Westminster, or mix with the great … Continue reading

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Ballsed up – Labour’s economic narrative implodes

Labour’s economic narrative was always a bit of a balancing act, and now it is coming apart.  It is tempting to blame the messengers (Ed Balls and Ed Miliband), but its own contradictions are the real problem. But what is … Continue reading

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Crimes and Misdemeanors: Woody Allen at the BFI

Last Friday we went to seen Woody Allen’s 1989 film Crimes and Misdemeanors in the BFI’s  Woody Allen season.  There are two more showings to go (including this evening), and I would recommend this dark comedy. I am quite familiar with … Continue reading

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We need more social housing

Holiday reading and reflection has certainly sharpened my political sense of direction.  I see housing and property ownership generally as being a critical issue here in Britain.  Hence today I have published an opinion piece in Lib Dem Voice.  We … Continue reading

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Why is it to hard for the Christians to capitalise on Christmas?

Why should we take down our Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (January 5th)?  According to this website it’s because the wood spirits will bring us bad luck otherwise. Christmas is the second most important festival in the Christian calendar, and it has become … Continue reading

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Time to wake up to the de-industrialisation of advanced economies

Trying to understand the global economic crisis?  This article from Joe Stiglitz is required reading. I have flagged it already on Facebook and Twitter, but without much in the way of reflection. In fact it has produced an epiphany moment … Continue reading

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Capitalism, crony capitalism and neoliberalism. What’s in a word?

Are the Occupy protesters on to something?  Or is theirs just a hopeless battle against abstract nouns? I have been rather exercised about some abstract nouns recently.  First was the word “Neoliberalism” selected by Simon Titley of the Liberator as … Continue reading

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