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EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

Ed-Miliband

EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

Ed-Miliband

EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo Gathers With Supporters On Election Night

Cuomo for governor

Rob Astorino seems like a decent guy. He is the Executive of Westchester County. That may make him seem a little too close to the city for most upstate residents, but Andrew Cuomo was born in Queens and is a product of the city itself. If Astorino were to win at this point it would […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

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Lucy’s Diamonds: The Ethics of Modern Consumption

My girlfriend cannot look away from jewellery shop windows. Their lustrous displays hold a startlingly magnetic power over her. One particular item proves more intoxicating than any other – the diamond ring. When quizzed on why she found herself so drawn to this particular carbon compound over all others she was lost for words: “I […]

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo Gathers With Supporters On Election Night

Cuomo for governor

Rob Astorino seems like a decent guy. He is the Executive of Westchester County. That may make him seem a little too close to the city for most upstate residents, but Andrew Cuomo was born in Queens and is a product of the city itself. If Astorino were to win at this point it would […]

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The plague conspiracy

Your columnist is currently reading a novel (The Thief Taker by C S Quinn) that is set during the Great Plague of London. The Great Plague should not be confused with The Black Death, some three centuries earlier. The Black Death was a Europe-wide outbreak of bubonic, septicaemic and pneumonic plagues (variations on the same […]

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A Plague on Both Your Houses

How we describe anything has a crucial impact on how we think – and are able to think. Language may allow thought but also provides a straitjacket in which it is confined. Politics continues routinely to be described and analysed in terms of left and right, over two hundred years after these terms began to […]

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