Category Archives: Stuff I’ve read
Scottish independence, Ed Miliband & progressive politics
On the 4th June the Scottish government’s Expert Working Group on Welfare issued its report on the possible shape of the social security system in an independent Scotland. They recommended that:
An unfortunate juxtaposition
The Observer had an interview with Robert Silvers, the veteran editor of the New York Review of Books (he was present at the 1963 dinner party where it was conceived, and has been its editor ever since).
The Euro election results build the case for Scottish independence
I have seen it suggested over the last few days that the results of the European elections in Scotland demonstrate that the division between Scottish and English politics is less stark than commonly thought, and that this has undermined the … Continue reading
The Bad Grammar Awards’ bad grammar
The Bad Grammar Awards have apparently come round again. I wrote about these last year. My basic opinion hasn’t changed in the time since. I still think that to conceive of there being any such thing as a single English … Continue reading
But what does “office solutions” actually mean?
I happened to walk along a street I don’t often walk along the other evening, and I saw a van parked at the side of the road. It had one of those all-over paint jobs which left it completely emblazoned … Continue reading
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
Do straight people still need straight bars?
Let me guess. If you’re straight, you’re currently thinking to yourself, “What’s a straight bar?” Well, allow me to explain. A straight bar is a bar which is probably (but not always) owned and run by straight people. The employees … Continue reading
Nicky Morgan: the Minister for Equalities who doesn’t believe in LGBT equality
You might currently be experiencing an odd sense of deja vu. That’s because I wrote a post with a very similar title to this – Nicky Morgan: the Minister for Women who doesn’t believe in equality for all women – … Continue reading →