Category Archives: Political commentary

Nicky Morgan: the Minister for Women who doesn’t believe in equality for all women

Ok, let’s start with a very short bit of modern history. The UK government role of Minister for Women and Equality was created in 2007 (superseding the previous role of Minister for Women). The position was renamed Minister for Women … Continue reading

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10 songs to explain the 1980s

The Guardian recently posed what it called a ‘Playlist challenge’: to select 10 songs that would ‘explain the 1980s’ to people who were too young to experience them first hand. [Oh, ok, it’s not actually recent at all. The truth … Continue reading

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Mind are to be congratulated for their work with benefits claimants

I have a habit, on this blog, of criticising the major mental health charities when they undertake activities with which I disagree. I did so most recently a little over a month ago. On that occasion, I expressed disappointment and … Continue reading

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This is how some of the major mental health charities work against the interests of mentally ill people

Today, there was a conference on mental illness. It was addressed by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. The text of his speech is here. Since he was speaking about mental health in public, he inevitably aired a number of … Continue reading

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Today, the UK government have confirmed Alan Turing’s “guilt”

Alan Turing – one of the most remarkable minds of the twentieth century; developer in the 1930s of the mathematical concept of a Universal Machine, the theoretical blueprint for the device on which you are reading this – has been … Continue reading

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John Cole: what his death reveals about present-day political reporting

John Cole, sadly, has died. He became the BBC’s political editor when I was eight, and retired when I was nineteen; his was thus the face and voice of political reporting during the period of time when my interest in … Continue reading

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Nate Silver, Scottish independence, and the tactical nous of the SNP

During an appearance at the Edinburgh book festival– –which is like the Edinburgh fringe, only with fewer puppet-based “re-imaginings” of the Chartist Movement, and more books– –Nate Silver was asked about the likely result of the referendum on Scottish independence. … Continue reading

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Restricting access to pornography: principled and practical reasons why I object

This post is arriving ridiculously late, but – at some point now lost in the mists of time (OK, a week ago today) – the UK government announced their intention to require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to … Continue reading

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I don’t think Alan Turing should be pardoned. This is why.

Alan Turing, if you need a quick primer, was a British mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. In 1936 he published a paper, On computable numbers with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem, which – with its theoretical model of a ‘Universal … Continue reading

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More from the BBC on food poverty

A few months ago, the BBC published an article on their news website which purported to show how easy it is for a UK resident to eat a healthy, varied and delicious diet for less than £1 a day. I, … Continue reading

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