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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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Guestblog: The problem with the Labour Party (by Stephen Burgess)

Guestblog: The problem with the Labour Party (by Stephen Burgess)

Stephen Burgess is an academic scientist. Politically speaking, he self-identifies as left-of-centre, although he typically feels to the right-of-centre amongst other academics. He grew up with a pathological hatred of the Tories, but to this day isn’t fully sure where that came from. The views expressed in this post are those of the author alone. I am a scientist. When you are writing a scientific paper, you make your main point at the beginning, and then you provide evidence to…

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Human fallibility and robust institutions

Human fallibility and robust institutions

Note: I began writing this post before the election; I finished it after. I’ve indicated where the break is. It’s amazing that a system of a billion weasels trying to hose each other, i.e. capitalism, works as well as it does. Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert. Many human institutions are not optimised for perfection. They’re optimised for robustness. Capitalism is a case in point. Certainly, a huge amount of human endeavour is wasted in an arms-race of advertising, or in…

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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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Why now, not then?

Why now, not then?

There’s a good question I’ve been asked a few times over the last week, usually by people who don’t usually vote Conservative but may be considering voting for Boris next week. It’s why are the Conservatives only pledging to do some of these things now, when they’ve been in power for nine years. It’s a reasonable question, but there are also some very good answers. 1. We have a new leader Boris Johnson is not David Cameron or Theresa May….

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On Luxury Beliefs

On Luxury Beliefs

I read a fascinating article recently comparing so-called ‘luxury beliefs’ to Veblen goods. The definition is as follows: ” Luxury beliefs are ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.” I’d always considered that luxury beliefs were adopted simply because they sounded nice, allowing the rich (here including the middle classes) to adopt unrealistic ideas that salved their conscience while ignoring the heavy cost that was paid…

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Ten positive reasons to vote Conservative

Ten positive reasons to vote Conservative

With the general election just over a month away, here are ten positive reasons to vote for the Conservative Party. 1. We’ll get Brexit done. We’ll leave with the good deal Boris has negotiated, which takes back control of our laws, our money and our borders while permitting a close trading relationship – and we’ll do it quickly so we can get back to focusing on important domestic matters. 2. We’ll hire 20,000 new police officers. And we’ll make sure…

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Influencing Higher Education Policy

Influencing Higher Education Policy

A new book, Influencing Higher Education Policy: A Professional Guide to Making an Impact goes on sale today. Edited by the superb duo Debbie Mcvittie (Editor of Wonkhe) and Ant Bagshaw (formerly of Wonkhe), the book shares insights from professionals working in the field of higher education policy to provide useful, practical, and implementable information. It considers: what it means to work in policy and public affairs in higher education; the increased complexity and fluidity of higher education politics; regulatory…

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Guest Blog: The different flavours of conservatives

Guest Blog: The different flavours of conservatives

A guest blog by Josh Monteiro, Pastor of Emmanuel Church, Northstowe, and written in a personal capacity. The views expressed are the author‘s alone. In biblical studies over the last 50 years, there has been a growing recognition that there was not a single simple thing called “Judaism” in the 1st century AD but a variety of different Judaisms, with some commonalties, but some important differences as well. Historical study requires an understanding of the different movements within Judaism just…

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Conservative Home: Three priorities for our next Prime Minister

Conservative Home: Three priorities for our next Prime Minister

In my latest Conservative Home article I set out three priorities for our next Prime Minister: Delivering Brexit by 31 October, with or without a deal. Promoting authentically Conservative values instead of speaking the language of the left. Acting in the interests of ordinary working people, not the metropolitan elite. Of the two candidates standing, I believe Boris Johnson is the best placed to deliver on this, and have voted accordingly – but the article is for the Conservative Party…

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