I was struggling to think of an apt title for this post and may yet come back and edit it. I wanted to write this on New Year’s Eve, eve because while politically it may seem like the future in the short to medium term is bleak to some readers, and for others there may […]
This is an old blog post on the LSE Europp blog, but it’s new to me so worth commenting on in my view. It refers to this paper by Brady and Finnigan which suggests that the old saw that immigration undermines public support for a decent welfare state is flawed. According to the authors: our […]
(not that it is 100% agreed whether is Grimsby is up North) The Mail on Sunday has discovered a bit of outrage in Grimsby about Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film ‘Grimsby’. It’s set in the Eighties around binge drinking and football hooliganism in what used to be the largest fishing port in the world and still […]
I read this post on Strange Maps blog a few days agloe ago which refers to the practice by map companies of putting fake towns (or rivers, hills, churches, etc) in their maps so as to trip up anyone who tries to copy one of their maps rather than doing the hardwork themselves. In this […]
Shifting Grounds asked today Unsurprisingly their answer was no he wasn’t. However the key point for me in the article is to point out opposition parties love decentralisation, mutualisation, citizen power and all the rest of it, but as soon as they get in they either want to retain the control they’ve just won – […]
Reading Anthony Barnett’s latest lament for the lack of an English civic nationalism or English based federalist movement here, I was struck by what seems to be the major gap in the thinking of many English based constitutional reformers and devolution “geeks”. Despite what a vocal minority seems to think or at least claim, the […]
great little presentation from New York’s transport commisioner on their flexible and cheap approach to pedestrianising Times Square… Time to finish pedestrianising Trafalger Square? This is basically the state recouperating the ‘reclaim the streets’ ideal – this is a radical idea made practical.