What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?

“Oh I listen to a bit of everything”.  Who hasn’t heard this or been guilty of saying it themselves when asked about their music taste? It’s a great way to let people know you’re not too uptight or closed-minded, especially at parties. But what does it actually mean?  Not everyone listens to a wide varietyContinue reading “What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You?”

Colston – The Invasion of Africa & The Birth of an Idea (Part 1)

The life of Edward Colston, the former favorite philanthropist of Bristol turned profiteering villain, has been written about a lot since he was dethroned from his plinth and hauled into the city’s harbour in early June of 2020. But beyond his associations with the slave trade, the surrounding politics and ideas of Colston’s time thatContinue reading “Colston – The Invasion of Africa & The Birth of an Idea (Part 1)”

The Unspoken Leviathan

Published directly after the victory of Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians in the English Civil War, Thomas Hobbes’ treatise of man, Leviathan, was seen by many as justification for the past nine years of bloody battle. In it, Hobbes argues that to stop man descending into the selfish and wanton creature that is his natural state, aContinue reading “The Unspoken Leviathan”

Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide

The UK, we are constantly being told, is in the middle of a housing crisis. In some cities it’s worse than others with local councils making pledges to build thousands of affordable homes all over the place. A House of Commons report from March 2020 estimated a need for 345,000 new homes per year, aContinue reading “Building a House or a Home? – The UK Needs to Decide”

The Loss of Liberty in an Age of Freedom

As some of you may remember, or most likely not, the 2000 presidential election between the Al Gore and George W. Bush came down to an extremely nail-biting finish, where votes cast in the final state to declare its results would decide the entire election. The state was Florida, (the Republican Governor of which wasContinue reading “The Loss of Liberty in an Age of Freedom”

The State We’re In & The State We Need

In his 1995 book, The State We’re In, which looks at the legislative choices of the UK’s main political parties, Will Hutton makes some eerie predictions about the world we find ourselves in as of 2020. The foreshadowing of the dominance of recruitment as a business model, the rise of Chinese and other far easternContinue reading “The State We’re In & The State We Need”