Category Archives: Arguments

Socialists and GM Foods – A Response

I originally wrote this piece in response to a debate on genetically modified agriculture in The Socialist several weeks ago. Given my resignation from the Socialist Party, it is now unlikely to appear, so I publish it below: The debate … Continue reading

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Exams should be abolished – part 2

I dealt with some of the justifications outlined for ‘high-stakes’ testing, and the testing culture, in the previous part.  In this part, I want to peel back the surface justifications, to deal with the real reason why formal examinations – … Continue reading

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Argument 6 – Labour’s economic policy is vile and stupid.

I said in the previous piece that I wouldn’t comment on Labour’s new economic policy, but there are a few things I have to say in addition to the previously linked argument for a new workers’ party by Mark Wright. … Continue reading

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Argument 4 – Individuals can, and do, make a difference in history.

It’s said that the greatest trick the Devil performed was to persuade us that he doesn’t exist.  This year, Adam Werritty tried the same stunt, with less success.  But if we were looking to the great tricks of those who … Continue reading

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Argument 3 – Increased tribalism in football is filling a need.

More than a few sports journalists  have noted in recent weeks a deepening of ‘tribalism’ among football supporters that has taken hold.  The triggers for these thoughts have been the racist incidents on the field, involving England captain John Terry … Continue reading

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Argument 2 – If you have to shop on Boxing Day, be nice.

Spare a thought not only for those who have to work tomorrow, in hospitals and the emergency services, but those who have to work on Boxing Day as well.  At least if you are working because it is essential that … Continue reading

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Argument 1 – We need ‘Total Health’, not make do and mend.

This is not a piece on the Government’s attempts to privatise the NHS.  Excellent articles on this critical matter can be found elsewhere. However, one part of the proposed changes to the NHS is relevant here.  The original version of … Continue reading

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