Category Archives: Politics in context

Tax – it’s not a fee for services

There is a prevailing sense that paying tax is something everyone naturally wants to avoid. I think it is a pernicious undermining of any kind of social cohesion to give this view too much credence. It is made worse by … Continue reading

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An Economy That Works for People and Planet

It is almost impossible not to see that the approach that we as a society have taken to economic development, to the way the economy is shaped, hasn’t worked for many people and is devastating the planet. Why is that? … Continue reading

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Please let us come back to our senses!

As per the Guardian, Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell said the burgundy passport had been a source of national “humiliation”.[1] This was posted in the Guardian on 2 April. Had it been the day before, I’d have put it down to … Continue reading

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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

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Reflecting on Globalisation

Globalisation has had a bad press. Everyone seems to be against it. And yet, do we know what it is that we are against? And are there aspects of it that aren’t all so negative? What is globalisation? It is … Continue reading

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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

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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

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