Category Archives: good writing

Beyond Contempt: Does Money Buy Justice?

Peter Jukes has written an important book. The book is important because of what it reveals about UK politics, media, and justice. The case connects these areas. Too often people hear “important book” and immediately think that it is boring. … Continue reading

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A night at the Symposium: St. John’s College Post Graduate Research Symposium

On Thursday the 7th of August, I attended the Post Graduate Research Symposium at St. John’s College in Durham.  The Institute for Advanced Studies hosted the event and Dr. Mark Ogden chaired it. The event had 10 speakers over 2 … Continue reading

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Does the NSA want to collect everything? Let’s check the facts and then decide.

Over the past several months, we have read headlines and stories about the new surveillance state. We have been told that the United States government, in particular the NSA, intends to “collect, monitor, and store every telephone and internet communication … Continue reading

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Prosecution and the art of social media writing: reflections on McAlpine v Bercow

Today, the High Court ruled that Sally Bercow had defamed Lord McAlpine through a tweet, which could be understand to accuse him of sexually abusing boys in care. It follows that, for these reasons, I find that the Tweet meant, … Continue reading

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Has the UK media’s abuse of the public interest stifled democracy?

Over the last few weeks, we have seen the Sun newspaper publish photographs of a naked Prince Harry. They justified publishing the photographs as being in the public interest.  Their defenders supported the decision by arguing that Prince Harry is … Continue reading

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Have hypertext and hyperlink been over-hyped? The view from local government.

    Since the dawn of the social media age, we have been treated to various claims that hypertext and hyperlinks will change the way we work, read, and write.  There were even claims that hyperlinks will subvert hierarchies.  Yet, … Continue reading

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Democracy and justice in the UK are we training to ask the right questions?

To find things out, we need to ask questions.  The quality of our questions will depend on what we already know. At the same time, the quality of our questions will decide the answers we get.  In court, we rely … Continue reading

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Politics, Batman and the use of abstract language.

In politics, we often use abstract language as an intentional strategy to exclude our opponents and include our supporters. In this manner, language hides as much as it reveals. The more abstract the language, the more we can read into … Continue reading

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No country for Old Men (thoughts on America).

Cormac McCarthy’s novel[1] has a powerful story to tell. At a number of levels, it tells the story of America. At the same time, it could be read, based on the title, as a meditation by Mr. McCarthy on his … Continue reading

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Jay, Leveson, our modern day version of a Socratic dialogue

I have been enjoying the Leveson inquiry despite its depressing revelations. For many, what is of interest is seeing the powerful being brought to account.  For others, it is a chance to see the issues raised by phone hacking addressed.  … Continue reading

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