Medway Renaissance

I’m always suspicious of development plans with the word “renaissance” in the title. This is so often a cover for money wasting on a grand scale, and a lack of creative vision. View Larger Map But in the case of the “Medway Renaissance” I look forward to seeing how it works out. The region, which […]

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Polly Toynbee on Swedish social democracy (part 99)

Writing today in the Guardian, the journalistic Rottweiler of Britain’s bourgeois left known as Polly Toynbee praises the workers’ paradise that is Swedish social democracy. She also uses the opportunity to attack British conservative leader David Cameron, who asks if there are lessons to be learned from the defeat of the social democrats in the […]

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Martin Luther King: prophet and tragi-hero

Forty years ago today Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in circumstances that remain unclear, despite a civil trial in 1999 in which jurors declared that the US government was party to a conspiracy against the civil rights leader. But this is not the place to revisit the death of King. I’m more interested in […]

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Improving climate change communication, or dumbing down the science?

Appealing to the lowest common denominator and expunging doubt and uncertainty from science outreach and debate is not the way to deal with public misunderstanding of climate change. In a recent issue of the American Geophysical Union‘s Eos newspaper, science communication consultant Susan Joy Hassol argues that climate researchers are failing in their efforts to […]

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