Category Archives: Links

Worth Reading 108: All the names

The memory of my daughter Amy Houston has been dishonoured – The Human Rights Act isn’t why her killer wasn’t deported, it’s the fault of the Home Office not using the powers they have. Don’t make fun of renowned Dan Brown – Humorous columnist Michael Deacon has used the digits on the end of his […]

Worth Reading 107: Qualifying benchmarks

Do we want fewer councillors, or should we make better use of those we have? – Andrew Coulson of the Institute for Local Government Studies asks a few questions about just what local government in the UK is for. Argonauts of the incredibly specific: anthropological field notes on the Liberal Democrat animal – Some interestingly […]

Worth Reading 106: Housing agreements

There is no alternative – Henry Farrell on the post-democratic age. Review: Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS – A fascinating philosophical viewpoint on the dynamics of the latest episode from Ro Smith. An Unearthly Child – And a scientific viewpoint on the first one from Iain Coleman on his new blog. […]

Worth Reading 105: Better ways of making paper

How Liberal Democrat MPs voted against making it far harder to misuse libel – Depressing. A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip – Gabrielle Giffords in the New York Times Dead children and monied politicians – and David Simon on how American democracy is failing under the unrestrained influence of lobbyists and money. Do you […]

Worth Reading 104: The guns of Victory

Jeremy Grantham, environmental philanthropist: ‘We’re trying to buy time for the world to wake up’ – Guardian profile of the billionaire investor and environmentalist, with some interesting things to say about the negative impact of ‘climate sceptics’ and how preventing climate change makes long-term business sense. Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed – How much […]

Worth Reading 103: The United Nations shall prevail

The Philpott case is horrific; so is the attempt to highjack it for any political purpose – Some sense from Alex Massie. 15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children – The hidden hazards of modern architecture “Paying More In” – Stumbling and Mumbling explaining one foolish statement people make about benefits and […]

Worth Reading 102: Top of the Empire State

So, how would Dáil Éireann deal with a post-apocalyptic scenario? – Jason O’Mahony asks the question for the Irish political system, and I’m sure someone can fill in the blanks for the British one. A slice of London so exclusive even the owners are visitors – A look at who lives in some of the […]

Worth Reading 101: Linkage for beginners

Why Ukip, the Tea Party and Beppe Grillo pose a threat to the mainstream – Anthony Painter looks at the challenge populist movements make to the concepts of liberal democracy. The fuller Policy Network publication of his views is here. When did you get hooked? – John Lanchester reviews A Song Of Ice And Fire […]

Worth Reading 100: Under the command of Lucius Vorenus

And after a few years of link collection, we get to the first major milestone: Marches of Folly – Paul Krugman on how groupthink helped make the case for war in Iraq, and is doing the same for austerity. How We Learned to Set Aside Our Moral Qualms and Love the Bomb – Some frankly […]

Worth Reading 99: If you liked it, then you should have stuck a flake in it

There’s either been not enough or too many things being written on the internet recently, but here’s some of the more recent ones I’d recommend taking a look at. The Shame of Selling Yourself – Stuart Millard on the hard tasks faced by a self-promoting self-published author. Beware the New Fascism. You might not even […]