It all kicked off on Twitter after I posted a journal article

Did I see that coming? Well, possibly, but I didn’t consciously set out to provoke such a Twitter response when I posted a link to my most recent academic publication on social media. Within a few hours of my article, New Right 2.0: Teacher populism on social media in England, being published by the BritishContinue reading “It all kicked off on Twitter after I posted a journal article”

Notes from a rural pub

My daughter was playing badminton in an under-16 county match. I have spent enough time being the parent-on-the tramline, getting frustrated and trying not to coach her and interfere. After five of six years of badminton tournaments, I tend to make sure she is OK and then go and find a coffee shop and doContinue reading “Notes from a rural pub”

Apparently there are too many PhD students

There have been some conversations in the University, I understand, that there are too many graduate students competing for too few academic jobs. There was some discussion also that we should reduce the number of graduate students. While the first statement might be true, I take issue with the second. Globally, there might be finiteContinue reading “Apparently there are too many PhD students”

Workplace nursery provision: that’s a good thing right?

This post follows my previous on a proposed new nursery at the University of Cambridge. Following a campaign by staff in the Faculty of Education, the university balloted eligible staff (mainly academics and senior administrators) on the proposal. The Grace (Cambridge’s term for a proposal) was passed by 777 votes to 151. This means thatContinue reading “Workplace nursery provision: that’s a good thing right?”

A quick response to Lord Willetts on intergenerational equality (Resolution Foundation Report).

This is a quick response on Willetts’ talk in the Imagine 2027 series at Anglia Ruskin University last night. It is remarkable that the liberal wing of the Conservative is being forced to respond to the Labour Party’s progressive economic turn. Willetts’ considers that intergenerational equality is driven by birth rates, a largely Malthusian idea.Continue reading “A quick response to Lord Willetts on intergenerational equality (Resolution Foundation Report).”

Anti-semitism: it is time to listen, reflect and learn

The issue of anti-semitism on the left has to be taken seriously. I do not believe that the Labour Party or even the left of the Labour Party is any worse than the rest of society or any other political party. But I do believe that members of the Labour Party have a special responsibility becauseContinue reading “Anti-semitism: it is time to listen, reflect and learn”

On the EU, the Single Market and the Labour Party

The result of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum on 23rd June 2016 resulted in 51.89 per cent of the electorate voting to leave. I voted remain. The terms of the referendum stated clearly that the government would act on whatever the outcome of the referendum was. There continue to be arguments about whetherContinue reading “On the EU, the Single Market and the Labour Party”

Government has left a void in education, teachers and educators must assume responsibility

The minority Conservative government is teetering. They have no authority, they have no programme and they have no ideas. The Queen’s speech today was thin, the Conservative General Election manifesto has been ditched. The Queen’s speech intended to allow government to cling to power. So weakened is Theresa May and the Conservative government, it looksContinue reading “Government has left a void in education, teachers and educators must assume responsibility”

Does deficit spending increase national debt?

A national economy, with a sovereign currency, is big money system. Unlike a household the independent inputs and outputs are not income and expenditure. The input to a national economy is currency that is introduced into the system through public spending. The output is the money that leaves to go abroad, as a trade deficit,Continue reading “Does deficit spending increase national debt?”

We all need to get out there and make sure we elect a Labour government

This is a plea, primarily, to those working in education: teachers, teaching assistants, lecturers, professors and administrative staff. This is the sector that I work in. But it is also a plea to all. The General Election, on June 8th, is probably one of the most important elections for a generation.  It may look likeContinue reading “We all need to get out there and make sure we elect a Labour government”

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1. Edelman Trust Barometer 2017, Crisis of Trust in post-Brexit Britain, p. 2
2. All data is approximate and values are indicative. Data was drawn from www.ukspending.co.uk