Sunday, 7 January 2018
The One Circumstance where Prison really is Necessary
The vacation meant that I finally had time to catch up on the Prison Reform Trust’s admirable Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile for Au...
Friday, 29 December 2017
Five Ancient Greek Rings for the 5th Day of Christmas
The Five Gold Rings of the Fifth Day of Christmas were originally Jesuit ‘code’ for the Pentateuch, the first five Old Testament books. Bu...
Sunday, 10 December 2017
New Wave Anti-Democrats, Aristotle, and Winter Snow
The first snow of winter falls as I hear evasive politicians talk specious rubbish about sovereignty and referenda on the Andrew Marr Sh...
Sunday, 26 November 2017
An Epic Week, in Several Senses
An epic week. Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule in Zimbabwe ended, an event headlined in NewsDay Zimbabwe as ‘Epic Fall of a Dictator’. ...
Friday, 17 November 2017
Manspreading Modern & Ancient
I’ve been on a lot planes lately, and so am unusually sensitive to manspreading at the moment. This week I spoke at Policy Exchange, a W...
Friday, 10 November 2017
Week of the Unaccountable Oligarchs
A week where the full de-democratisation of Higher Education governance came sharply into focus for me after I watched the brilliant movie...
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Diary of a Peripatetic Classicist in Ulster & the Midwest
A longer blog than usual after a week dashing between events in Belfast, Ohio and Philadelphia. A public discussion on Saturday of the v...
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