Aristotle

28 06 2012

Category; Politics

The enduring appeal of Aristotle; in 5 minutes, with 20 slides, via Supernanny, Tony Blair and Simon Cowell…

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God Bless Tony

19 05 2012

Category; Politics

Tony Blair has revealed that he was discouraged from ending a Prime Ministerial broadcast with the phrase “God bless  Britain”see here.

‘I remember we had this debate on and off but finally one of the civil servants said in a very po-faced way “I just remind you Prime Minister, this is not America” in this very disapproving tone, so I gave up the idea. 

‘I think it is a shame that you can’t since it is obviously part of what you are. Read the rest of this entry »





New Economics Foundation & the Bankers

23 11 2010
Category: Politics, finance

The New Economic Foundation is going up in my estimation. They’ll certainly breathe a sigh of relief about that…I’ve been wary of the NEF (Neff? En-Ee-Eff?) for a while.

Ever since they published a report that came to the conclusion that care within the family, and household chores, were ‘seven to ten times’ more valuable than the work of bankers to the economy. Nice round numbers.

They were very pleased with themselves for this report; maybe it was smugness connected to understanding that an economic think tank writing anything negative about bankers was likely to get a good press, no matter how nonsensical.

But the fact they were writing nonsense bothered me. It told me that they were an organisation more focused on the easy headline (and getting on Radio 4’s Moral Maze) than saying important and true things. Read the rest of this entry »