David MacKay interview on Climate Change

http://www.davidstrahan.com/blog/?p=1104 is a link to an interview with David MacKay one of the top civil servants on climate change, he is also the author of an excellent book. Mathematical analysis offers a lot in understanding the challenges we face, and its great to see an eminent physicist being involved in such things. What is very… Continue reading David MacKay interview on Climate Change

Care: Or the fallacies of Neo-Liberalism

This article probably won’t be too long. There is nothing I can say which is better thought out than the following article in last weeks Guardian Deborah Orr speaks about Care. There are problems with both the left and the right, certainly in terms of thinking of their views as moral. Deborah Orr points out… Continue reading Care: Or the fallacies of Neo-Liberalism

Is Democracy the right answer?

It is as I think Orwell observed worrying if we see democracy as ‘the’ answer. how voters decide. Indeed, voters constantly complain that initiatives are too complicated. Two out of three told the PPIC poll in December that the wording of the initiatives was confusing. But over-complex language is only one worry in a process… Continue reading Is Democracy the right answer?

Should we teach about homosexuality in schools?

Johann Hari comments in the Independent on the posturing that there is a ‘gay agenda’ dominating UK politics. He elaborates that this is clearly false, as the suicide statistics show in regards homosexual kids. Prejudice has no place in society. Lets accept that as a given. One LGBT charity proposed that there is ‘homosexuality orientated’… Continue reading Should we teach about homosexuality in schools?

Libraries and the need to protect them

Libraries are something dear to my heart, like schools, hospitals, a government run post service and a list of other things that I can’t think of. While I believe that markets are necessary for wealth, I don’t believe that these things should interfere in libraries, or anything for the ‘public good’. I’m inspired by a… Continue reading Libraries and the need to protect them

Mehdi Hasan on the role of Western Muslims

Mehdi Hasan on Pakistan, Islam and the West is a fascinating piece of writing in the New Statesman. I’ve long been a fan of Mehdi and feel that he is one of the great young political commentators in the UK. He’s particularly been a beacon of hope and rationality on Islam and Islamofascism. Particularly pointing… Continue reading Mehdi Hasan on the role of Western Muslims

The reality of American Diplomacy

I’m certainly not an American citizen, The Charity work of Diplomats at Ben Casnocha’s blog looks somewhat into what the foreign service actually does. Certainly they are extremely clever people, and the headline grabbing Wikileaks is definitely bringing up certain important questions however not all the foreign diplomatic work is evil. This applies to all… Continue reading The reality of American Diplomacy

What does a Rapist look like?

So what does a rapist look like? Thats the question for this essay to discuss. I’ve been following the Assange and Wikileaks cases very carefully. The superb Feminist columnist Laurie Penny wrote a blog poston Julian Assange’s Rape case. I think there are two disturbing factors in the ‘Julian Assange is a good man and… Continue reading What does a Rapist look like?

Wikileaks and Power

I’ve recently being following the recent Wikileaks story in a variety of Newspapers and the Website itself. Inconvenient truths have already been revealed in the past, examples include the Pentagon papers and the 1917 Bolshevik release of confidential Russian Documents. These are all seen by some as attacks on imperialism, and it doesn’t seem to… Continue reading Wikileaks and Power