Category Policy Matters

We Asked A Leading Political Theorist To Analyse Russell Brand’s Manifesto And He Wasn’t Impressed

Some people think I’m being to harsh on Russell (not that I’m the only one). He’s a clever guy, occasionally quite funny, and his heart is in the right place – it is hard not to empathise with his sense of frustration. Also, I don’t agree with those who criticise his anarchist leanings simply because […]

Can you pass a UK citizenship test? Most young people can’t

Can you pass a UK citizenship test? Most young people can’t. via Can you pass a UK citizenship test? Most young people can’t.

This farcical tax system is cheating us out of billions

Polly Toynbee: Another really annoying columnist who occasionally writes things that make sense. On the question of what a tax system would look like if we started from scratch, Polly and I might have different ideas, but we agree that the UK’s current system perpetuates scams and injustice and needs to be obliterated. This farcical tax […]

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats – Nick Hanauer – POLITICO Magazine. via The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats – Nick Hanauer – POLITICO Magazine.

Should drug possession be legalised?

I keep meaning to write a post on this topic, but here’s another foray from The Telegraph. Should drug possession be legalised? – Telegraph. via Should drug possession be legalised? – Telegraph.

A Matter Of Faith

In my blogging, I have often written on subjects or re-blogged articles concerned with religion. In GibberLog, I might be interested in how religion interacts with politics and policy on such matters as education. In BlatherLog, the concern will be the role of religion in history, or its engagement with the sphere of science (often again touching on how […]

The Privatisation of Government

The ‘contracting out’ and privatisation of public services is a very divisive issue – errr… perhaps the understatement of the year. Personally, I believe some services can be legitimately delivered by private enterprise. Airports, automotive manufacturers, rail services, natural resources and energy providers can, in my view, be delivered privately as long as adequate regulatory frameworks […]

“Religious Segregation Must End”

Another superb, rational post from The Political Idealist on the state funding of faith schools in the context of the “Trojan Horse” furore. I have long argued that the sate should have no business funding religious or faith-based schools. That is not to say such schools should not exist, but they should be privately funded. Indeed, […]

“There is life after Europe, but let us stop the triumphalism”

A balanced intervention in the Europe debate, from someone who wants out but isn’t blind to the implications. There is life after Europe, but let us stop the triumphalism – Telegraph Blogs. via There is life after Europe, but let us stop the triumphalism – Telegraph Blogs.

Britain is a ‘post-Christian’ country says former Archbishop

This piece hit the headlines a few weeks ago and I’ve been mulling it over ever since. My ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to it has flipped from one end of the spectrum to the other, depending on what side of the bed I got up on that morning. There’s a more considered post in the works but I don’t […]