Category: pyramid politics

Why Michael Gove needs Mr Sloppy

A while back, I found Michael Gove’s belief in traditional history almost beguiling.  This is what the BBC reported back in February of this year: Under Mr Gove’s plans, revealed earlier this month, children will learn a complete history of…

Bureaucracies – our saviours or our assassins?

Rick has a lovely piece on defending bureaucracy as a Good Thing.  It starts off like this: Gus O’Donnell presented a thought-provoking programme on Radio 4 this morning, In Defence of Bureaucracy. He presented two arguments. Firstly, you can’t get much…

Is politics a form of abuse?

I have this love-hate relationship with politics.  I love that it sometimes seems to be able to enable the best in us.  President Obama, as a traditional politician, was certainly there up with the greatest last night in the terrible…

A shame Obama did have to win

This isn’t democracy – it’s medieval kingmaking. In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever had democracy as it could have been.  And they say Romney was so gracious in defeat. Judge for yourselves. I felt it was reasonably measured, even…

When Britain really did deliver

Watch this and read this – and then let’s talk: The Wartime Farm team tackles the conditions faced by British farmers in 1942, when Hitler’s U-boats continued to attack British ships, slashing imports and inflicting massive shortages on the country.…

Time to reopen the book on Margaret Thatcher?

I see via Twitter, fleetingly I must admit, that Iain Dale has defended Thatcher’s memory in relation to the Hillsborough cover-up.  I didn’t hear the programme itself, I believe it was “Any Questions” on BBC Radio, but assume that what…

An Olympian gold leaf out of a politicised book

An interesting thought came my way a few minutes ago: Note to ALL political tweeters: How about you congratulate Olympians, rather than try to politicise their fantastic achievements? #indyref And this I find myself agreeing with. The truth of the matter…