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The democracy problem

If a man asks for a lot of rotting fish, should we blame the fishmonger for giving it him? I’m prompted to ask by David Aaronovitch’s piece in the Times attacking the Tories’ anti-immigration rhetoric. The objection to David’s argument,...
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Lightness of Being

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In this opinion piece for The Times David Aaronovitch describes Boris Johnson as having a 'lightness of being' and by seeming not to act as a normal politician, there's no doubt that the London Mayor cuts through the widespread anti...

Democracy and Dissent

Politics / UK Politics : Action 4 Equality Scotland

I enjoyed this article by David Aaronovitch in The Times which is a thoughtful piece about the nature of democracy and the importance of dissent because in a modern, liberal and tolerant society - an effective opposition is the mean...

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Feral78 / (CC-BY-2.0) Is it possible that democracy doesn’t work? It’s reasonable to ask the question amid the xenophobia of Brexit, the Hungarian referendum, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the election of Rodrigo Duterte ...

Global Fisheries Will Lose $10B A Year To Climate Change By 2050

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They say fish rot from the head down, and estimates suggest the fishing industry will continue responding to climate change in much the same way.

Immigration: the preference problem

Business & Finance / Economics : Stumbling and Mumbling

What role should the public's preferences play in policy formation? I'm prompted to ask by David Goodhart: The [immigration] debate is over. About 75 per cent of the public think immigration is too high and should be reduced. All th...

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