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Monthly Archives: January, 2014

A Hopeless Agenda

Short manifestos can elucidate important ideas, helping the public coalesce around key campaigns. Independent columnist Owen Jones has launched his own 9-point manifesto, labelled the ‘Agenda for Hope’. 1)      A … Continue reading

January 31, 2014

Review: Logically Fallacious

Bo Bennett’s Logically Fallacious is the “ultimate collection of over 300 logical fallacies”. The book is described as “a crash course”, to achieve the following end: Expose an irrational belief, … Continue reading

January 30, 2014

The Laffer Curve

In the continuing debate on the 50p rate, Polly Toynbee – The Guardian’s procedural polemicist – argues that: “If it’s not hurting, it’s not working.” Whilst it is fallacious to … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Rise of Symbolic Taxes

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has announced that a Labour government will reinstate the 50% tax rate on incomes over £150,000. In a speech to the Fabian Society conference, Ed Balls … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Season Ahead

F1 teams are now unveiling their 2014 cars, in a year with one of the biggest set of technical rule changes ever. These new regulations aim for the pinnacle of … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

In Defence of Ideology

One of the recent twists of the English language is the denigration of ‘ideology’, and the castigation of public policies for being “ideological”. Archaically, the term ‘ideology’ was used to … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 5 Comments

Labour’s Bank of Contradiction

Like a ghost from the past, Labour has returned to a tripartite system against banks and bonuses. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is expected to invoke a European Union … Continue reading

January 16, 2014