Lifting Lockdown and the Veil of Ignorance

25 May

It is now a notorious truism that it is a lot easier to end “lockdown” than to impose it.  You don’t need to understand how society works in order to shut it down, you just have to shut it.  But it turns out that you cannot re-open it without consideri…

Granny Crofts

20 May

I once went all the way to Switzerland to report on what I had been told was a secret  invention of an agriculture machine that would change the world.  It turned out to be  a two-metre long metal pole with several sort of wooden drum sticks attached t…

The Nineteenth Hole

20 May

With the announcement that golf and tennis should be the first things to be brought back on the lockdown, we began to question who should and would benefit from the release of the restrictions? [“Golf is a Class Issue. Discuss. #lockdown”- Bella Caledo…

New Roots

17 May

As the psychological impact of the virus experience lands heavier with every week that passes, both the immediate individual stress and anxiety, but also the deeper awareness of the global consequences, so too does the looming economic disaster. The sa…

Transmission

14 May

It’s a communicable disease and the problem of transmission is now mirrored by our leaders inability to communicate. His inability to have empathy, to show humility, or to face reality is killing people.  We are being infected by language and nak…

Bob Hamilton 1940 – 2019

9 May

Robert Hamilton, pioneering community development worker, sociologist and political campaigner (1940 – 2019). This is something I’ve been putting off for weeks, months actually. I don’t really want to write my friends obituary and it’…

Upside Down

9 May

The concept of ideology appeared in France at the end of the eighteenth century to describe a sort of ‘science of ideas’, and can still be used in a neutral manner, just to describe ways of understanding the world. But it wasn’t long before it took on …

‘Déjà vu’ all over again

7 May

We are suffering from ‘déjà vu’, all over again. Jeremy Hunt the ex-Cabinet Minster and Conservative MP, speaking on C4 News (5th May) claimed that “following the science” and “guided by the science” are the same thing. Make of that what you will. He i…