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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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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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Data integrity – a clear imperative for all

So often you read stuff in the papers or hear data reported/analysed/ speculated on and when you think about the numbers you hear you wonder: do they make sense? Just today, I read an article saying that the UK was … Continue reading

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A Media Frenzy on Extremism – does this help to generate more violence?

The last few weeks have been quite bad from the point of view of the avid reader of /listener to news who is also a pacifist. The question keeps coming up: what is to be done in the face of … Continue reading

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The European Parliament is such a waste of money – or is it?

The other day I was chatting to an old friend; we talked about the 10 years I spent working for a small non-governmental organisation doing advocacy work in Brussels. And she said that she just couldn’t see how I could … Continue reading

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The Courage of Antoinette Tuff

If you haven’t heard about Antoinette Tuff this maybe because her heroic actions didn’t make it very high up in the headlines in the UK. Most papers covered the story but not very prominently. What’s the story? I first read … Continue reading

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Are benefits adequate or too much – what does the BBC say?

The Programme to explain it all? 4 households on benefits pitched against 4 households on low incomes but who are in work. That’s the BBC’s recipe for a rational debate about the adequacy vs defensibility of benefits. A mini-series is … Continue reading

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