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Vaccination Films

This week I gave a talk at my old stomping ground to accompany a couple of films: Surprise Attack (1951) and What Parents Want to Know (2001). The Centre for

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#PostConsensusBritain

“To keep conversations around this possible network going, let’s use the hashtag #PostConsensusBritain. Keen to hear from interested parties.” (Dion Geogiou, Twitter.) This could be an interesting way of exploring

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I’ve had a bit of a spruce…

I left this place a little neglected last year. My apologies to the four of you who used to read things. My CV is now updated to reflect the fact

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Yes, we probably need to better define “neoliberalism”

Well. Twitter seems to be in a bit of a state. That’s not new. But this week’s debate is over whether neoliberalism is really a thing.

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Anti-vaccination and Corbyn: a discussion

Anti-vaccinationism is fascinating. It takes elements of truth, facts taken entirely out of context and a smattering of outright falsehoods. But what’s really interesting about it is how its supporters

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2014 – The Russian Annexation of Crimea

18 March 2014 – Crimea This sort of thing wasn’t supposed to happen any more. Europe had found other ways to settle its disputes. Armies just don’t walk into their

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2013 – The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

28 February 2013 – Vatican City Pope’s aren’t supposed to retire. It’s meant to be a job for life. Albeit, quite a short life, since most Bishops of Rome aren’t

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2012 – The London Paralympics

29 August 2012 – London The London Paralympics went mainstream. At least in Britain. Continued enthusiasm following the successful Summer Olympics, combined with a concerted effort by Channel 4 to

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2011 – The Arab Spring

25 January 2011 – Cairo From 2010 to 2012 a series of revolutions spread across the Arab world. Anger at the ruling classes was fuelled by social media and the

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2010 – Wikileaks

25 July 2010 – The Internet… Sensitive documents have always been leaked. Sometimes these come from “whistle blowers”, unhappy at the way institutions or government departments have acted. Sometimes these

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