Monthly Archives: September 2012
The row about exam results in England presents something of a puzzle. If (as the government seems to admit) GCSE’s suffer from grade inflation, does that mean that the improvements in English schools over the last decade and more are … Continue reading
I’m a big fan of Stuart Waiton and his brave one-man crusade against the Scottish Government’s censorship of football fans. He’s just brought out a new book, Snobs’ Law: Criminalising Football Fans in an Age of Intolerance.
Despite my almost complete lack of interest in US politics, I couldn’t resist clicking through to Mitt Romney’s latest gaffe. Writing off half the electorate is a bit of a howler, but doesn’t he make an important point?
Why are men forever crying in public these days? Andy Murray, Gordon Brown, Michael Vaughan, Chris Hoy – what’s got into them all? I used to think this deplorable wetness was a global thing to do with the general soppiness … Continue reading
The commentator Matthew Parris came up with an interesting way of defining cultural identity recently. It can either be based on ‘affinity’ or ‘affiliation’.
The wind farm controversy shows how ineffective our planning system is. A lot of people are vaguely in favour of wind farms, but that’s because they don’t live anywhere near them.
It’s official: the deep feelings between me and my cat are to be solemnised in a marriage ceremony.
Actually I’ve got nothing against Obama. I couldn’t give a hoot who wins the US Presidential election. But I was amused to see Mitt Romney citing some of my research in one of his policy documents attacking the President.