Category: Stumbling and Mumbling

Why the left needs David Miliband more than ever

Chris picks up on David Miliband’s deservedly resonant piece in New Statesman the other day in the following way: If you ignore the mindless tittle-tattle, David Miliband’s New Statesman article raises a genuine issue: what should be the left’s attitude…

The capitalist blame game

I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of days – but really didn’t know how to verbalise what I was thinking.  So Chris does it for us thus: […] Whilst some of us are suggesting that the behaviour of…

How politicians will always matter

Chris suggests we tend to confuse politics with politicians: […] People confuse politics and politicians. Politics – the question of how public life should be conducted – will always matter. But it does not follow that politicians matter – especially…

Love versus money

I was having a generally sad and – in the end – inconclusive telephone conversation last night with a close friend on the subject of love versus money.  I saw love as being all-important.  My co-conversationalist – let’s call him…

Why I don’t care how much libraries cost

Another provocative post from the blogosphere today, this time from Chris over at Stumbling and Mumbling: Put it this way. Spending on libraries is around £1bn a year. At current (low) real interest rates, this means the present value of…