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. Related Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) Agenda (2 Sep 2016) Bias (27 Aug 2016) Anti-vaccination and Corbyn: a discussion (22 Jul 2016) 2014 – The Russian Annexation of Crimea (5 Read More
20 April 1999 – Columbine Last week, it was fortunate coincidence that I had planned to write about Google the weekend after getting back from a conference on the history of the Web. This week, it’s utterly depressing in the wake of the Charleston shootings that I should be writing about Columbine. School shootings are Read More
Contracts between the state (or its agents) and individual citizens who are dependent on, and required to consume, these services do not much resemble the economic and legal fictions of agreements between freely exchanging individuals. These are compulsory or coerced contracts, initiated and enforced through power differentials between users and state agents. More generally, though, the attempt to use choice as a ‘liberation’ of the citizen from public monopolies is intended to act as a discipline on producer power, requiring producers to compete to attract (non-cash paying) customers). Being competitive and successful are thus naturalised as dominant organisational imperatives for schools, trusts and hospitals.
Janet Newman and John Clarke, Publics, Politics and Power (London, 2009), 81.
Reading the Daily Mail can, obviously, be bad for one’s health. But recently I was directed to a piece by a Conservative-supporting Facebook friend of mine condemning the legacy of Labour in the 1960s. Pretty normal for the Mail, of course, and nothing new from Sandbrook. However, his basic conclusion – that the use of Read More
Labour leader Ed Miliband has declared that his party stands for One Nation Britain.1 Cue talk about the history of One Nationism2 and a return to Victorian values.3 Of course, it is the Conservative Party that has claimed the One Nation as its own, although the group has since become largely redundant in the Parliamentary Read More
This should probably be a glossary post, but this is an interesting word that changes its meaning with gay abandon. Depending on the context, it can mean any of the following: Social liberal : the most common use of the word, particularly in the United States. A liberal is someone who largely supports government programmes Read More
Trying to enhance individual freedom and responsibility by constricting government intervention is in itself wholly defensible. But the rigid application of dogma with scant regard to practicalities, or to clearly foreseeable consequences, resulted in precisely the opposite of what was intended: increased dependency on state welfare benefits. In accordance with their dogma, the anti-public-expenditure brigade Read More