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UNIVERSITY OF BATH, INSTITUTE OF POLICY RESEARCH.
A DAY AT MY ALMA MATER.
by Les Higgins

A few thoughts on this new institution and its launch event. More


THE RIOTS - A RATIONAL APPROACH TO THE "WHY?" QUESTION.
by Les Higgins

The politicians have had their say - prefering to duck the question of underlying causes. Here, Les puts the evidence-based case that it is Values that lie at the root - and values that do not depend on social deprivation for their origins. More


THE POPE OR PROF. DAWKINS - WHO's GOT IT RIGHT?
by Les Higgins

It was inevitable that the Pope's visit to the UK would spark all kinds of protest and discussions in the media. Sure enough, all sorts of folks, preferably with rather extreme views, are coming out of the woodwork to feed the media frenzy. Here, Les touches on the "big question" and concludes that it's much more intriguing to speculate on WHY it's so important to be right about it. More


'THIRD WAY' OR 'BIG SOCIETY'?
by Pat Dade

Subtitled "When spin takes over, reality leaves the room!", Pat shares his experiences as a player in New Labour's 'Third Way' and his concerns with David Cameron's analogue - the 'Big Society'. They share the same support and are endangered by the same forces of reaction. More


THE 2010 POISON CHALICE AWARDS
by Pat Dade

It's election day in the UK and in Pat's latest French letter he takes a look at what comes next - whoever "wins". Be warned! - there is a slightly darker tone here. More


HEARTLAND POLITICS AND BOTU/UBUNTU
by Pat Dade

Still sunning himself on the Mediterranean, and with just one day's electoral campaigning to go, Pat Dade looks at political affinities in the context of the BOTU/Ubuntu antagonism (and its subtleties). More


IT'S MAY-DAY, IT MUST BE FRANCE
by Pat Dade

Pat Dade gives us the benefit of the "long view" of the 2010 General Election campaign, as he suns himself on the shores of the Mediterranean. More


THE UBUNTU-BOTU STRUGGLE
by Pat Dade

Pat Dade briefly describes the essential Values war that pervades all the major cultures of our age. With this perspective in mind, it is possible to understand much of what divides or unites us. Pat's purpose here is to provide some insight into the "mind-set" behind the pieces you will find in this area of the site. More


This IS Ubuntu.
Really it's here for no other reason than this is as cool as it gets.
Enjoy! (Size 42Mb: WMV) More