The Chagos Islands: Britain’s Quiet Colonialism

In a UN Permanent Court of Arbitration (PAC) session in Turkey this week, the UK Government has been fighting a legal battle with the Government of Mauritius. The dispute centres on the future of a relatively obscure archipelago in the Indian Ocean known as the Chagos Islands. These are currently UK sovereign territory but host a […]

Demolition rather renovation is required in the housing market

There was a time not so long ago when the idea of housing as a political issue seemed quite old-fashioned. With consistently rising home ownership and falling demand for subsidised social housing, the need for a political party to have a ‘housing policy’ seemed a bit redundant. Now, however, housing is not just one political […]

In 2022, football should stay at home

When politicians make ill-judged “I love Britain because…” speeches, “stringent health and safety regulation” rarely makes the final cut. But a glance at Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup demonstrates what happens in their absence. Whilst not a single person died in construction of facilities for the 2012 London Olympic Games, there has been […]

Football versus Homophobia: Taking Penalties

Thomas Hitzlsperger was a highly capable German international footballer. There is probably nothing he could have done, however, short of committing some heinous crime, that would have attracted even approximately similar media attention as his recent revelation he was homosexual. There are, of course a number of reasons for this but at the most basic […]

Ending Polio: Why Doesn’t The World Trust Vaccines?

Eradicating a disease is one of those milestones in human history which amount to a wonderful vindication of human capacity for innovation and ingenuity in the service of the common good. Of course only (and I use the word cautiously as it remains a shockingly impressive achievement) one human disease (Smallpox) has ever been entirely […]

The Neglected P: Politics and Philosophy

Little is more lamented when discussing UK politics as the homogeneity of modern politicians. Admittedly, the case is not helped by three party leaders who all look vaguely like one another’s cousin. It is also much publicised that they, like Boris Johnson, Tony Blair and a host of other contemporary politicians, all went to Oxbridge […]

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 […]

Educating Nomads: Ethiopia’s Afar and The Fight for Learning

“If schooling means the children leave home, then no generally they aren’t keen.” The programme coordinator of Afar Pastoralist Development Association has witnessed first hand the reluctance amongst Ethiopian Afar families to send their children to state schools. The Afar people, largely nomadic pastoralists working in arid regions across Ethiopia and other parts of East […]