Prisoners of Cladding
Feb06

Prisoners of Cladding

One of the unintended consequences of the Grenfell tragedy is the threat of penury or bankruptcy for leaseholders at the other end of the country.

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Coronafeirws
Jan25

Coronafeirws

Drakeford has undoubtedly benefited from the misconception that Wales’ social care meltdown is the result of central government policies rather than its own mismanagement.

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The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, by Joel Kotkin
Nov13

The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, by Joel Kotkin

A new priesthood of power based on scientific expertise seeks to replace bourgeois values of self-determination, family, community and nation with ‘progressive’ ideas: globalisation, sustainability, redefined gender roles and the authority of experts.

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The Queen’s Gambit
Nov04

The Queen’s Gambit

Chess players, mathematicians, physicists, scientists, etc are not automatons; mechanical, calculating machines devoid of any creativity but in fact, they are supremely alert to creative possibilities.

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Abolish the Welsh Assembly!
Jul04

Abolish the Welsh Assembly!

There is a solution that will benefit the people of Wales immensely – that solution lies in the past. It is a Wales without the Welsh Assembly! Is that a backwards step? Not in the slightest.

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Book Bites: “Voices from the Rust Belt” by Anne Trubek (ed)
Jul02

Book Bites: “Voices from the Rust Belt” by Anne Trubek (ed)

The book poses some new questions for us as we now see that there are consequences to the hollowing out of American industries and cities.

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Infrapenny Infrastructure
May31

Infrapenny Infrastructure

The relics of disused Victorian railway lines scattered across the landscape attest to a creative spark that demanded progress and bore no sentimentality, a recognition that reaching the future required risk, demolition, casualties.

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Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell.
May31

Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

It’s a great book for telling us about Europe between the wars; but also because of what can it tell us about today, in particular homelessness?

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Risk and the construction industry
May13

Risk and the construction industry

Understandably, Health and Safety has been a major concern for workers, unions and health and safety organisations for many years. However, in the age of coronavirus there is a growing perception that all jobs must be “safe”.

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Casinovirus
Apr29

Casinovirus

The joy of gambling – the bit that is missed by the puritans – is that it is a social activity. Gambling by yourself on a mobile phone has its appeal, but it is no replacement for having a bet with others.

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