Category Archives: Behind the Headlines

Facts – and what they mean

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that one of the things I care about is using facts and interpreting them in a meaningful way; using numbers and putting them into context. This week (first week in April 2018) … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, contextualising numbers, Facts, Statistics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Renewable Energy – where next in the UK?

I know that comparing the UK with other EU member states isn’t all that fashionable these days. But as long as we are still in the EU we do still benefit from regular statistical comparison between what we do here … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, Climate Change, Politics in context, renewable energy, UK-EU | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

UK-US TRADE DEAL TO BE SHROUDED IN SECRECY

This is the morning’s front page that greeted me on 21 December 2017. Several things immediately spring to the forefront of my mind: We weren’t supposed to start trade negotiations until after we’ve left the EU; so what is the … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, NHS, Politics in context, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, UK Trade Post Brexit | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A dark day for the UK – and for Europe

Let’s start with a quick time-line: This table of contents comes from Wikipedia on ‘Events of the 20th century’. It’s war, war and more war. It’s violence and discord. Interestingly, the European Union doesn’t feature on this list. So let’s … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, Constitutional Reform, Peace, Politics in context, UK-EU | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Post Truth Era? In defence of truth

Lately, the phrase ‘post-truth’ has gained currency in describing the times we live in, much like post-modern or post-industrial might have been used previously. This phrase sticks in my crow. First, what does it mean? Second, is it true – … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, Politics in context, The mechanics of politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How Low Have we Sunk?

Standards in public life are perceived to be at an all-time low. This is a problem. It is a problem because it means that people don’t trust politicians and all those associated with politics (and that includes many public servants). … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, Constitutional Reform, Electoral Reform, Politics in context, The mechanics of politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Al Aqsa – what’s all the fuss about?

Originally posted on EAPPI UK & Ireland Blogs:
By EA Kate, Jerusalem. The Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount 37 acre compound is in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. The compound contains the Al-Qibali Mosque, the Dome of the…

Posted in Behind the Headlines, Politics in context | Tagged , , | Leave a comment