On NovaraFM, James Butler, Dawn Foster and Danny Dorling discussed the housing crisis in contemporary Britain. Professor Danny Dorling, talking about the empty blocks of flats littering cities: "Housing doesn't work by the laws of supply and demand. It's not that type of good." "The market will not provide the houses." "In the 1970s it was possible to make the theoretical … [Read more...] about Danny Dorling on the housing crisis: “it can’t be left to market forces”
Is Boris Johnson encouraging simplistic notions of national identity in an attempt to further his political career? UK Foreign Secretary Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson was born in New York City. A dual national for most of his life, he renounced his US citizenship in 2016. He has Turkish, English, German and French ancestry. In Johnson's recent "Brexit Manifesto" … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson and fake Brexit nationalism
Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, talks about the importance of making the effort to distinguish between reality and fiction. In the UK and USA we're seeing the rise of nationalism and intolerance, often driven by fake news stories and politicians skilled in psychological manipulation and repeating … [Read more...] about Reality is not what it seems warns Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari
Why did The Times newspaper place a large colourful photo of the younger members of the British royal family on its front page? With a daily circulation of 446,164, the The Times newspaper's front page in seen by shoppers and passers-by in more than 17500 shops around the UK. On February 6, 2017, the newspaper's front page displays a large photo of three of … [Read more...] about Running Royals? What’s the subtext?
It's understandable that people lose hope when their countries are being run for the benefit of 0.01% of the population. Here's a reminder that this situation is not new, and that hope does bring change. Dazed from being repeatedly hit over the head with the false message that Brexit and Trump are the "will of the people", demoralised from misinformation … [Read more...] about On the importance of hope and optimism during Brexit and Trump