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GuestBlog: ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold’: Where next for the Liberal Democrats?

GuestBlog: ‘Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold’: Where next for the Liberal Democrats?

Jack Nicholls was once very nearly a political academic, but is now another thing. He considers himself an egalitarian liberal and Euro-pragmatist. He’s gotten used to the wilderness now. All views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the host of this blog. I have a leaflet in my house, somewhere, with the words ‘Project 320’ on it. It is amber and white, it was delivered in I think mid-November, perhaps earlier. It…

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Stuck for Christmas presents?

Stuck for Christmas presents?

A few books written by me and friends of mine that might serve to fill those last minute ideas. For science buffs, Cosmos, the Infographic Book of Space, by astronomers Chris North and Stuart Lowe provides brilliant visualisations that will make you think about the universe in different ways. For historians, try Jacqueline Reiter’s The Late Lord, a biography of the Earl of Chatham (a relative of Pitt). If you’re buying for children, Cluck Cluck Duck by Jean Blakey is…

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It’s Brexit or Corbyn

It’s Brexit or Corbyn

Some of my friends reading this are fully commited You know who you’re voting for – and this post isn’t for you. Others will have voted to leave the EU. Hopefully you know that the only way to stop the arguing and get Brexit done is to back Boris and vote Conservative tomorrow. This post isn’t for you, either. But a goodly number of you are centrists or swing voters. You know who you are. You basically think the free…

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Call for Guest Bloggers

Call for Guest Bloggers

A call for those who’d like to write a guest post for this site. In particular, I would be interested in featuring: 1) Posts on political/economic topics that I think are important to explore, am not opposed to, and interesting enough to what to know more about but not interesting enough to do all the research myself. For example: Universal basic income. Fiscally neutral land value taxes. How to really build more houses without destroying green spaces. Non-hair-shirted ways of…

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My Submission to the TEF Independent Review

My Submission to the TEF Independent Review

I’ve made a submission to the Independent Review of the TEF. The submission: Sets out the strategic imperative and goals of the TEF. Looks at what essential elements are needed to achieve those goals. Considers the ratings and metrics. Examines both the underlying principles and the current proposals for Subject TEF. Download and read the full submission.

‘No car is better than a bad car’

‘No car is better than a bad car’

(Alice and Bob are buying a car. Bob wishes they weren’t buying a car. The reason they need to is because Alice has got a new job, which is further away from home, and for which she needs a car. Bob didn’t want Alice to take the job, as it means she’ll be home later, and the two of them discussed it lengthily and angrily – but in the end they decided that Alice would take it. Alice wants the…

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Who would you put on the £50 Note?

Who would you put on the £50 Note?

The Bank of England is undertaking an exercise to ask people to nominate a scientist to go on the https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1348443/10fc/ Anyone can vote and there is no shortlist (though the vote is advisory, not binding – no Science McScienceface here!). The main criteria are that they must be a scientist, must be dead and must have contributed to science in the UK. I’ve nominated Stephen Hawking. He was a brilliant scientist, a gifted communicator and an inspiration to many, including…

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Book Review: World Order by Henry Kissinger

Book Review: World Order by Henry Kissinger

‘Magisterial’ and ‘epic’ are all words that come to mind to describe Kissinger’s magnum opus, written in 2014 when he was 91. Certainly a book that begins a consideration of the modern international order with a detailed analysis of the Thirty Years War deserves that description – but what is more impressive, is that Kissinger then goes on to consider similar seminal moments in the history of other nations, including China, Russia, the US and the Islamic world. As the…

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