Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cowardice vs courage

If someone said that I spent too much of my time on this planet being a coward, they’d probably be right. I’m not talking about “Ha ha! He’s a sissy!”/”Nobody calls me ‘chicken’” out of TV and films. I’m talking … Continue reading

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How we’re using social media is changing…

One of the things I’ve said in recent times is that I would like the impact of my social media usage (and the accounts that I have) to be greater than the sum of its parts. Over the coming weeks … Continue reading

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Labour and Ed

Ed Miliband won the Labour leadership election due to the votes he received from those beyond the political party – i.e. those who were members of trade unions and/or affiliated organisations. To those unfamiliar with the history of the Labour … Continue reading

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The Civil Service Fast Stream

I’ve been waiting for a bit of water to flow under the bridge before writing this blogpost mainly for the benefit of anyone looking to apply for the Civil Service Fast Stream – the main graduate entry programme for the … Continue reading

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Implications of the implants scandal

“Oi!! Puffles! What are you doing blogging about jubblies?” Actually, it’s a lot more serious, and covers a far wider range of issues than the plight of a few glamour models. It was Fleet Street Fox who first alerted me … Continue reading

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On the Welfare Reform Bill

The defeat inflicted on the Government on three amendments in a row in the Welfare Reform Bill raised more than a few eyebrows – and not just those of Westminster watchers. Amongst other things, acknowledgement should be given to Sue … Continue reading

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On Parliamentary Scrutiny

…it would be a good idea. (No, really!) The nature of the Coalition inevitably meant that there would be a greater focus on Parliament in the news. Ditto with the fallout from the MPs expenses scandal. Civil servants across Whitehall … Continue reading

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On High Speed 2

…and I’m not talking about a super-powered narcotic. Rather I’m talking about the new high speed railway that has been confirmed by the Transport Secretary in the House today (10 January 2012). I don’t have a problem with HS2 or … Continue reading

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Please stop pricing us out of existence

This blogpost picks up on a number of themes written by @Penners_ in her article Living with grandma. Like may people in their late 20s and early 30s, I certainly didn’t plan on having to move back in with my … Continue reading

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Economics – what does the data say?

Looking back on my time in the academia of economics at university, one of the things that strikes me is the relative lack of examination of data – amongst other things. Textbooks are full of graphs – supply and demand, … Continue reading

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