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How to hurt struggling kids

Your columnist may be unique in having included in the final assessment of his post-graduate teaching qualification a quote from Bartholomew Simpson. This is not some pedagogic expert at a university faculty of education, but the perennial ten-year-old in the cartoon series, The Simpsons.  In one episode Bart was assigned to a remedial class where […]

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Britain’s Growing Plutocracy

Labour’s latest pledge to cut youth unemployment benefits for those who refuse training is clearly a sensible one. Many including myself will have been unhappy to learn that tax-payers money was being dished out to people who are frankly lazy. However, the tone of this debate has become deeply concerning as of late. Benefits and […]

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The EU. Time for reflection?

About seven years ago I wrote an article for a Czech broadsheet ‘The Prague Post’ about the impending Schengen policy that was due to come into effect for all invited EU members. This legislation ostensibly allowed the citizens of its members to freely move across national borders with an ID card effective as valid documentation […]

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How to hurt struggling kids

Your columnist may be unique in having included in the final assessment of his post-graduate teaching qualification a quote from Bartholomew Simpson. This is not some pedagogic expert at a university faculty of education, but the perennial ten-year-old in the cartoon series, The Simpsons.  In one episode Bart was assigned to a remedial class where […]

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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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Was Romney right?

Supporters of Mitt Romney have pointed out that Romney claimed during the 2012 election campaign that Russia was the greatest geo-political threat to the US. Was Romney right? His stance, after all, put him totally at odds with the last two American presidents. President Obama mocked him for his view in the presidential debate saying […]

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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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Russian involvement in Ukraine: A historic risk. 

Fierce conflict continues between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists across the eastern provinces of Ukraine. Over the past weekend the Ukrainian army launched a large-scale ground offensive. Reports indicate the separatist city of Slavyansk has been captured. However the separatists continue to fight on, with weapons allegedly supplied by the Russian Federation. On the […]

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