The continuing relevance of Social Class.

The continuing relevance of Social Class.

Comments about the death of class and of class identity have a long history. I think this is only half correct. Identity may be on the wane if it exists at all, but class as an objective  social relation certainly has not. Here I draw upon the work of Graham Scambler...
Norfolk has ditches?

Norfolk has ditches?

28th October 2019 Dear Norfolk County Council, May I say I very much admire your fair county, notwithstanding hosting the Monarchy at Sandringham, your countryside provides some of the best views in the country.  I’ve always loved the broads and the fenland…yes the...
A Number 10 spanking?

A Number 10 spanking?

27th October 2019 Dear Jeremy,  As the leader of Her Majesty’ opposition, or in this case ‘principis plebs’, as my old housemaster used to shout pointing to the head boy in the tuck shop queue. Why he was in the queue himself was never established as he had the full...
A letter from Number 10

A letter from Number 10

26th October 2019 Dear Mr Jones,  May I call you Eddie? The Edster? The Slayer of Kiwi? ‘Sir’ Eddie (only joking..or am I?). Many many congratulations on today’s super win against the Mighty All Blacks, ‘et in gloria, nobis vincimus’, as my old housemaster used to say...

No Country for this Old Man

I sometimes wonder if I’m living in the right country. I wake up, and it seems that as soon as I connect to the ‘world’ via any media – be that radio, TV, or even Twitter and Facebook – I am confronted by some pretty uncomfortable and...

God, Harry and St George. Part 5

This is last, part 5, of a 5 part series. George Lakoff’s ‘Strict Father‘ In ‘Don’t think of an Elephant‘ and ‘The Political Mind’, Lakoff attempts to describe the link between our values, what they are based in, and our political views. To do that...

God, Harry and St George. Part 4

This is part 4 of a 5 part series Umberto Eco – Ur–Fascism Josh Jones writes: “While Eco is firm in claiming “There was only one Nazism,” he says, “the fascist game can be played in many forms, and the name of the game does not change.” Eco reduces the...

God, Harry and St George. part 3

This is part 3 of a 5 part series Theodore Adorno – The Authoritarian Personality The following is a series of questions from Adorno’s Authoritarian personality test, you can take it here : https://www.anesi.com/fscale.htm. There are limitations with tests of this...
God, Harry and St George. Part 2

God, Harry and St George. Part 2

This is part 2 of a 5 part series Orwell on Nationalism The far-right are increasing their reach and winning the hearts and minds of ay people across the globe. John Feffer provides a neat outline of why and what we might say in opposition to it. His key message is...
The Flag.

The Flag.

Sunset The cloth flutters on its post in the evening breeze high above the gathered heads below. The waning rays of a hot tropical sun illuminate the patchwork of blue, red and white from behind, bestowing upon it a strange spiritual form in contradistinction to its...