There’s Still No Such Thing as a Free Education

2015 will be a landmark year in UK politics as the country goes to the polls again in what will in one way or another be one of the more interesting elections of recent times. The year also has a grander global significance in nothing less than measuring our progress as a species.  In the […]

Why immigration is a good thing

With so many – on all sides – criticising it, is there a case to be made for immigration in the UK? To say that immigration in Britain is a thorny topic would be something of an understatement. Undoubtedly recent government initiatives– think ‘racist vans’ or text messages telling people to ‘go home’ – send […]

What does ‘Socialism’ mean to Ed?

There has been many a re-hash of the ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ in politics with the odd switch over. From Keynes and Hayek to Marx and Durkhiem there have been new ideas around what is Left and Right, a debate still ongoing today. So when Ed Miliband recently vowed to ‘bring Socialism back to Britain’ he […]

Clandestino: illegale

Clandestine immigrants are a burden no state wants to carry. The fishermen of the Italian island of Lampedusa understood this as they informed the coast guards about the dozens of drowning people they had just pulled out of the ocean, but weren’t given the OK to take them to the shore, where they could receive […]

A Moral Economy

On 16 September, the first South Korean trucks and buses rolled over the demarcation line separating the two countries after a five month hiatus, heading for the Kaesŏng industrial zone. Established in 2002, the industrial complex on North Korean soil is to serve as a collaborative effort to strengthen economic relations on the peninsula. Today, […]

The Spirit Of 2015?

Many of you will know that for the Labour Party and for Great Britain, 1945 was a pivotal year in our shared history. The shared spirit and united hope for a better world and better country, ‘a Country fit for Kings’ on the backdrop of the loss and pain of the inter-war years was the first […]

Sticking to Shock and Awe

When Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, returned from one of the easiest tasks in his professional life – selling Tokyo as a better Olympics destination than a recession ravaged Madrid and a divided Istanbul – he received what the Romans would have called a triumph. In the lobby of Fukuoka Airport he made […]

Fukushima vs. Chernobyl – Public compliance and democratic control

American anthropologist Ruth Benedict put it like this: While the Judeo-Christian civilisation of the United States and Europe is based on guilt, the Japanese value system is based on a culture of shame (The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, 1946). This thesis is contested today, but does come to mind when looking at the behaviour of […]

Bringing hope to future employment

Dreams of a future generation are being scrapped as more than 1 million young people are still out of work, education and training. According to the Local Government Association, 50,000 fewer jobless young people are getting help from job schemes today than was the case three years ago. Resources are being used inefficiently, and the […]

Saved by Circumstance

In the 2006 film Apocalypto, set in Mayan Central America, our hero Jaguar Paw is saved from being sacrificed to the sun god by an unexpected solar eclipse. The Mayans take from this that their god’s thirst for blood is satisfied and there is no need for further sacrifices to him, letting Jaguar Paw go. […]