Monthly Archives: April 2014

Made by the railway – threatened by the railway?

In London for a few days helping out with the morning school run and catching up with daughter and granddaughter, I made an excursion to Ickenham in what was Middlesex, now in the outer London borough of Hillingdon.  Why?  It’s … Continue reading

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Key Words from Raymond Williams

“I cannot accept that education is a training for jobs, or for making useful citizens….. I ask for a common education that will give our society cohesion, and prevent it disintegrating into a series of specialist departments, the nation become … Continue reading

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The disappointing Left

Today I received an election address from the No to EU party, a left trade union inspired initiative that aims to be an alternative to the neoliberal consensus that is now weaker in Labour, but sadly still there. Here is … Continue reading

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Habermas and the Pit

This might be the first of an occasional series of mini summaries of the work of influential thinkers. First:  Jurgen Habermas Good on: Concept of legitimation crisis. Recognition that there are distinct knowledge paradigms – corresponding to different human interests … Continue reading

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