Archive for May, 2009

Britishness Agenda: Special Beaver Edition

May 29th, 2009

This week has been a fantastic week for Gordon Brown’s “Britishness” agenda, as two events have united the people of Britain as almost never before.

First, the people of Britain came together to support Barcelona in the final of the Champions League (with the exception of a small handful in the Northwest of England). Second, we are (almost) all of us delighted to welcome a dozen Norwegian beavers into the wild (with the exception of a small handful within fifty miles or so of the beaver-reintroduction zone in Scotland).

I’m feeling fairly patriotic this week, at any rate, certainly much more than usual.

HB, VS

May 27th, 2009

The Virtual Stoa, eight years old today.

Working Again

May 26th, 2009

No idea what that was about, but apparently the comments have been screwy for a while, and yesterday the whole site collapsed and all the archive pages disappeared. But it all seems to be back working again now, I think.

UPDATE [27.5.2009]: And I’ve even remembered to turn off the “must be logged in to post comments” feature, which somehow managed to switch itself on.

My duck island shame, by Tory MP

May 23rd, 2009

Something has gone fantastically right with the world when this headline appears on the front page of a major newspaper website (it links to the story here, Google Earth image here).

My Brother Michael, But In Chinese

May 22nd, 2009

Over here. (Can’t tell yet whether it’s an improvement.)

Free Stuff (well, mostly academic journals)

May 22nd, 2009

In order to free up some space on my shelves, I’ve got some runs of journals to give away to anyone who can collect them from me before too long. These include Political Studies (2000-present), Politics (2005-present), The British Journal of Politics and International Relations (2001-present) and the Political Studies Review (2006-present), Historical Materialism (an almost complete set up to the end of last year), and Index on Censorship (about eight years’ worth, I think, from the last decade or so).

If you’re interested, get in touch.

Profile in Courage

May 18th, 2009

I see that Kitty Ussher is not only refusing to pay back her controversial expenses claim for the refurbishment of her South London home, but that she is also (according to tehgraun) going to front a government consultation on housing benefit fraud. I’d never picked her as an especially brave politician, but this is quite something. Or even, as Sir Humphrey might say, courageous.

(I think Hopi is probably right when he says that, “Whatever happens, I don’t think many of us have grasped yet how many people in all parties are going to have to leave politics for good.”)

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