Monthly Archives: August 2019

Direct or representative democracy?

The current debate over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is toxic, with mutually exclusive stances taken, with each side ascribing bad faith to the other.  Within the parliamentary system, each side is using powers that they have at their … Continue reading

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Winners of the summer caption competition…

Deciding a winner for the summer caption competition was not easy.  Not only was there a good number of entries, there were plenty that were clever and witty.  In the event, I reduced it to a shortlist of four, each … Continue reading

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Summer caption competition…

A question variously asked by some readers is not ‘When is your next scholarly post? The nation awaits’ but ‘When is the next caption competition?’  Conscious that some months have passed since the last one, here is one to test … Continue reading

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Brace, brace, brace…

I find fascinating National Geographic channel programmes on why ‘planes crash.  As a result, I have seen a fair number on ‘planes crash landing.  Watching them doesn’t do much to dispel my dislike of flying.  It occurs to me that … Continue reading

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