Blog Profile / A Very Public Sociologist

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Archived Since:March 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Against Outsourcing

Love him or loathe him, John McTernan is a useful fella because he's one of the few commentators the Labour right have got who plainly, and sometimes bluntly, states their collective position on an issue. No shilly-shallying, no fudging. Show More Summary

Tory Cynicism: A Stoke-on-Trent Case Study

On Twitter a few weeks back, Cllr Dan Jellyman, cabinet cloak room attendant on Stoke-on-Trent City Council invited me to sign a petition pushed by fellow Tory councillor and MP for Stoke South, Jack Brereton. The issue concerns the hourly train service that runs from Crewe to Derby. Show More Summary

The Conservative Party's Eugenics Problem

To find one leading Conservative mouthing off about eugenics is unfortunate, the incid ence of others indicates something else. We know about Toby Young, the self-styled "Toadmeister" and his hanging around with Nazis and paedophile apologists at a eugenics conference. Show More Summary

Labour NEC Fallout

It's a new year, so I started thinking "you know what, I'm not going to do internal Labour polemic any more. I'll stick to analysing the Tories, trying to make sense of our strange political conjuncture, and write more theory stuff."...Show More Summary

The Problem with Tories and Social Media

After Chris Grayling's trouble-free reign as Tory party chair - a first for him - new boy Brandon Lewis graced the Sunday papers and Andrew Marr with his message of hope. Hope, that is, if you're a Tory activist. Since it was recently...Show More Summary

Our Snowflake Press

Ah diddums, the Daily Mail is no longer to be sold by Virgin Trains. Please note that sentence. Sold, not banned. Yet going from a range of right wing rent-a-quoters, you'd think Branson were forcibly pressing Mail readers into clearing up the storm damage to his Caribbean island. Show More Summary

The Last Days of the Conservative Party?

I love it when a Tory shambles comes together. Watching Theresa May's ridiculous cabinet reshuffle unfold on Twitter provided for some wry amusement in-between marking papers. Chris Grayling as party chair, and then 27 seconds later he was dumped for Brandon Lewis. Show More Summary

Jay Hardway - Scio

Haven't got time for a post tonight because marking and Spiral's on in a bit. Here for your listening pleasure then is one of the fine slices of 2017 that made the cut of last year's top tunes list. Enjoy!

What is the Brexit Stamp Collection?

Oh there are plenty of other things you can call Boris Johnson, a repertoire that has now grown thanks to digging done by Adam Bienkov. But on this occasion this blog is not chiming to the melodious infamy of Johnson's self-importance,...Show More Summary

How to Predict Politics: A Sociological Approach

After the year from politics (and celebrity) hell that was 2016, understandably I gave up the trying-to-predict-politics game. Then something weird started happening. The new year brought us some right shockers - the delights of theShow More Summary

The NHS Crisis and Stubborn Tory Voters

You know it, I know it, the government tacitly admits it. The NHS is in crisis. In fact, it's in permanent crisis thanks to funding not meeting demand. What we are witnessing are ebbs and flows in how acute the crisis is. Let's recap:...Show More Summary

Toby Young and the Taming of Higher Education

It's good to see meritocracy alive and well. I mean these days you can get yourself appointed to an august body overseeing "value for money" in Britain's universities without any experience of the higher education sector at all. YouShow More Summary

Top 100 Independent Tweeting Bloggers 2017

Cue the Pearl & Dean music. Yes, another year has gone and the beginning of the next calendar coincides with a reflection on who's hot and who's not in the world of independent political blogging, at least as far as Twitter is concerned. Show More Summary

Five Most Popular Posts in December

The most read last month were... 1. Why Galloway Shouldn't Be Allowed Back 2. The Intellectual Collapse of the Labour Right 3. Bordering on the Ridiculous 4. Labour NEC Ballot: Vote Left 5. Three Things Stoke Got Wrong with its CityShow More Summary

Top 10 Dance Songs 2017

It's been an interesting years in politics. But what about dance music? As ever, as per the age-old tradition, here are my picks from the last year. 10. Tears In Your Eyes by Nora En Pure 9. Magnum Opus by Thomas Ulstrup 8. One Breath by Namnambulu 7. Show More Summary

The Most Read 17 of 2017

I'm going to break with the rest of comment land in its fashionable declaration of 2017 as awful. Sure, Donald Trump sits gurning away in the White House, politics is a toxic mess and more beloved celebrities shuffled off this mortal coil. Show More Summary

Andrew Adonis's Brexit Bomb

All together now! Oh Andrew Adonis, oh Andrew Adonis. And so a new champion emerges from within establishment politics to smite the idiot Brexit strategy of Theresa May. Yes, it is true, I haven't much time for Adonis's elevated personage. Show More Summary

What I've Been Reading Recently

More books from the last quarter. They are: Bleak House by Charles Dickens How Will Capitalism End? by Wolfgang Streeck Into Everywhere by Paul McAuley The Corbyn Effect edited by Mark Perryman The Doomed City by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky...Show More Summary

F-1 Race for the Nintendo Game Boy

Seeing Lewis Hamilton is in the news again for the wrong reasons, that's hook enough on which to hang this opportunist overview of F1-Race weren't playing Tetris or Super Mario Land, F-1 Race would occasionally get a look-in for multiplayer fun and frolics. Show More Summary

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