Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m ashamed to say that I hadn’t heard of Eleanor Marx (youngest daughter of Karl) until a friend bought this for me for my birthday. I blame myself for that, but it is striking that such an important figure is not better […]

I’m writing this at the end of several weeks of increasing annoyance about what’s currently happening at Holborn Station in the mornings. Holborn is one of the busiest stations on the underground network. It’s also an older station, opened in 1906 and modernised (with escalators replacing lifts) in 1933. As such, it’s operating hugely over […]

This is something I wrote back in June about political worldviews, filter bubbles and trying to understand others’ positions. I was just about ready to publish it when the referendum happened, and it became clear that it would be pointless to put it out into the ensuing maelstrom. Now that things have calmed down ever […]

As a result of David Cameron’s difficult week, I’ve been seeing some comments on Facebook, Twitter and the like about tax avoidance, and I feel the need to respond. Yes, I understand that tax evasion is not the same thing as tax avoidance. The former is trying to avoid paying tax using methods that have already been […]

Recently I have been trying to organise my thoughts about what, in an ideal world, the British state and society would look like. After all, it’s no good railing against things as they are without having a better alternative in mind. I thought I’d share my notes online. It would be great to hear other opinions, […]

This is the text of a paper I gave on the final day of the 2015 ARA Conference, 28 August, in Dublin. It generated some discussion both at the event and afterwards on twitter and I thought it might be helpful to upload it here. You’ll notice that it draws heavily on two of my previous […]

There’s a macabre and notionally scientific anecdote which you may perhaps have heard before: If you take a frog and put it in a pan of boiling water it will immediately leap straight out again. However, if you take a frog and place it in a pan of cold water which you then very gradually […]