Friday

Hobbes and Rousseau may have started from incorrect premises

I have been reading a book by Cacioppo on Loneliness. It is an interesting book on a subject that does not get enough attention. The author emphasises, as you might expect, that, like our close relations among the apes, we … Continue reading

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Sunday

Hitler was a product of Germany’s past

As part of my research for the new book, I have been reading up about Bismarck – someone I had never learnt about before. I certainly do not pretend to be an expert on him or on Germany generally. But … Continue reading

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Thursday

I now tweet – for a while, anyway

I have unfortunately been introduced to Twitter. I find it dreadfully addictive. If you do not already have an account, I suggest you avoid it. The teasing thing is that it sometimes brings you something you find really interesting. But … Continue reading

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Friday

Britain – the angry country

Returning to Britain after two weeks on a trip to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, I was struck by how the some of the stories making the headlines were the same as when  I left. Controversy still raged over the … Continue reading

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Saturday

Why Britain used its veto

The extraordinary turn of events that have taken place in Europe this week has led to a certain amount of antagonism towards Britain in other parts of Europe. About a third of the visitors to this site are from outside … Continue reading

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Thursday

The Moral Maze of ‘I demand my rights!’

I appeared on The Moral Maze on BBC Radio 4 last night talking about human rights. It was fun. Afterwards the four of us who had been the ‘witnesses’ interrogated by the regular panel were leaving and waiting for a … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Hilarious video clip (depending on your politics)

I know nothing about the political party which created this advert and so obviously I am not suggesting it is good. But the advert is funny (depending on your point of view). I would be grateful if anyone can supply … Continue reading

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Friday

We need quantitative easing

Rather unexpectedly I was invited onto the Today programme this morning (appearing at 7.50am) to talk about another bout of quantitative easing. Then the programme decided we should talk about the ban on short-selling of bank shares in France and … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Page 3 girl quotes Milton Friedman

I think the subs at the Sun are having a laugh. Today’s girl quotes Einstein, rather out of context. Yesterday, Kelly from Daventry quoted Milton Friedman, the nobel prize-winning economist. I would love to think that the ideas of Milton … Continue reading

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Friday

Clever,willing researchers – un embarras de richesse

I recently advertised on W4MP (Work for MP) for researchers to help me do research for a follow-up book on The Welfare State We’re In in which I will compare welfare states around the world. I had been told that … Continue reading

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