Category Archives: Sketches

Shorter pieces more narrowly focused.

On Public Opinion And Policy

One of the principle arguments of Blairites in the Labour Party seems to be that it is the job of the Party to align itself with public opinion. If ‘public opinion’ is in favour of renewing Trident then the Labour … Continue reading

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On Deterrence and Trident

Yes deterrence can be a powerful defensive tool. It is often said that Argentina chose to invade The Falklands when they did because they gambled that the UK would not defend the islands. If they had known the lengths we … Continue reading

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Some things that it might surprise you to discover don’t exist in the material world:

Here is a list of things that it might surprise you to discover don’t exist in the material world: Countries Businesses Corporations Institutions Laws All these things are abstract legal entities that don’t actually exist in the material world. Rather … Continue reading

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JS Mill’s Cauldron Of Ideas

I’m reading a great Dorling Kindersley illustrated book on politics called…. The Politics Book It’s an introduction to politics aimed at 16-18 year olds and is beautifully illustrated by James Graham. It is also got me thinking. The section on … Continue reading

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A Definition Of Managerialism?

I was a delegate at the UCU National Congress this weekend and the word ‘managerialism’ was used over and over again from the podium to criticise both university managers and indeed the full time officials of the union itself. We … Continue reading

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There’s No Such Thing As Markets

Back in 1987 Margaret Thatcher very famously made the following comments in an interview with Woman’s Own magazine. “I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, … Continue reading

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It is all about me after all!

I am a member of my local University And College Union branch committee and put in a great deal of unpaid work to fulfil my union duties. Sometimes fellow UCU members or friends outside of work say things like “you … Continue reading

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