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The Point of Pointlessness

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When I was in secondary school, I was expected to go on a short work experience placement. Lest I spend too much of this work experience placement unquantifiably experiencing work, however, I was equipped with a booklet demanding that various sections be filled in. These sections were of often dubious but generally discernible relevance to the …

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A Departing Department?

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Another rumour that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport may close? Or at least, lose responsibility for media policy, leaving it perhaps fatally weakened. When the Culture Secretary was appointed, despite having no evident suitability for the job, there were rumours (which reached the pages of Private Eye, if memory serves) that her secret mission …

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Careless Talk

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When jumping on a bandwagon in support of what will not work, and especially when exploiting a tragic death to do so, it’s useful to choose one’s words carefully. Alan Johnson could have said that he wanted us under broader surveillance ‘within two years’, say, or ‘by mid-2015’. So, so much less obviously a ploy to …

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The Past Is an Occupied Country

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I don’t recall the Miners’ Strike; I was busy in the womb for most of it. So it’s a strange experience when I see people a decade younger than I commenting on Margaret Thatcher’s passing with as much vigour as if they’d been on the picket lines.

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Schedu-led

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There’s a saying to the effect that leadership consists of working out where the people are heading and then marching in front of them. This is presumably the notion of spiritual, ecclesiastical and indeed political leadership endorsed by the M.P. in whose judgment the ‘Church of England now stands to be left behind by the society …

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Strange Bedfellows

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From the Telegraph, which in turn credits the Mail, so we shall see how things come to pass...

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Single-mindedness

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He said: “I think the point about the discussion of different diplomacies was the sense that French diplomacy is very good at a single-minded pursuit of a perception of the national interest.

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In Backhanded Defence...

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...of the heads which purportedly should roll at the Crown Prosecution Service: if our sovereign parliament passes a confused, misconceived law reflecting a prurient interest in people’s sexuality, then it might be thought an act of dutiful consistency for the C.P.S. to wield it in a confused, misconceived fashion reflecting a prurient interest in people’s sexuality. …

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Piracy and Parity

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In the news:

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Disagreeable

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A referendum on whether to elect members of the House of Lords would be unnecessary and expensive, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said... “Unlike the referendum last year, [it] is the subject of complete consensus between the parties; we all had manifesto commitments to deliver House of Lords reform.”
B.B.C. News

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Your Vote Counts

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He told Sunday Politics that the Conservative [sic] make up five-fifths of the coalition...

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Labour and Capital

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People coming to live in the UK from outside the EU must ‘add to the quality of life in Britain’, immigration minister Damian Green has said. He argued Britain does not need more ‘middle managers’ or unskilled Labour...

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Stretching It...

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And for centuries there were political links across the North Sea. The first Viking raid on Iona is thought to have taken part [sic] in 794...
The B.B.C. explains Scottish-Scandinavian political ties

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Some Great Ideal

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Let us... state, in view of the fact that all knowledge and every pursuit aims at some good, what it is that we say political science aims at and what is the highest of all goods achievable by action. Verbally there is very general agreement; for both the general run of men and people of superior …

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Employability By Other Means

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‘Dr Adams suggested that the government could incentivise companies, perhaps through tax breaks, to employ people with doctorates—the number of PhDs awarded annually has risen by about 50 per cent since 1998.’
(T.H.E.S.)

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