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Steamed Hamms 3: Domnishambles

It wasn’t a Westminster bubble story. 71% of people polled felt that he had broken the rules and we’ve all heard the stories of MPs’ inboxes flooded with emails from angry constituents. Hugh and Julia have already written excellent pieces on this issue, but I want to focus on a particular narrative that was prevalent as this saga began – that, by…

The Cummings Storm

(Image of Dominic Cummings by Radical Larry (CC BY-SA 4.0)) Due to whatever virtue (loyalty) or character flaw (obsequiousness), I was never radicalised; my politics are those of my mother, only less so – a big state social democrat with a passion for human rights. My household was intrinsically political; we ate our vegetables because not doing so was an offense to…

The Rules Don’t Apply To Them

(Image of Dominic Cummings by Radical Larry (CC BY-SA 4.0)) The last two months haven’t been the greatest of my life. Fundamentally, I’ve been one of the lucky ones. My job is safe and I’ve been able to work from home. I’m pretty bored with lockdown but I seem to be coping well enough. And I haven’t been seriously ill (like about…

Homeless in a Pandemic

9am. Friday 20 March. Full backpack, full suitcase, I present myself at Bristol City Council’s offices to let them know I am homeless during lockdown. Greeted by a battery of staff out front and a whiteboard marked “EMERGENCY CASES ONLY”, indicating the building’s coronavirus siege, I answer their triage questions and confirm that I am indeed an emergency case only. I talk…

Steamed Hamms 2: Coronavirus

Coronavirus changes everything The world has changed in a way that would have appeared unimaginable even a few weeks ago. I expected in this month’s column to be talking about how to react to Keir Starmer as Labour leader. I would have said that Anneliese Dodds should be made Shadow Chancellor and that he will need defending from the right flank of…

Election 2019 – The Social Review’s Audit

In line with the best traditions of Superforecasting, at The Social Review we’ve decided to keep ourselves accountable and do a roundup of how our various pre-election predictions went down – and what we’re learning from them for future elections. Hugh Brechin – ‘I realised it wasn’t going to be 2017 again – except when I didn’t’ Predictions: Conservatives 38%, Labour 33%,…