Realities

The Social Review Podcast Episode 59: The Social Re-Q

Morgan and Pete found a way to connect to the internet, and take a deep dive, helped by Annie Kelly (UK Correspondent, QAnon Anonymous), into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory. How proliferate is it? How do well-meaning individuals become radicalised? How can they be de-radicalised? And what’s the world’s first conspiracy theory, and what does it have to do with…

Removing Richard Leonard Won’t Solve Scottish Labour’s Woes

Photo Credit: Kevin Walsh As night follows day and as summer ebbs away into autumn, one facet of human existence  remains unaffected by the challenges of the novel Coronavirus. I am speaking, of course, about Scottish Labour’s ability to mire itself in yet another leadership crisis.  James Kelly kicked off proceedings by resigning as a justice spokesperson on the evening of the…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 57: An A-Grade Disaster

Following the government’s U-turn on exams, Jasper chats to Andrew Lawrence (Teach First Ambassador, HeadStartNE Co-Founder) and Fabia Crole (Head of Partnerships, Future Frontiers) about their respective work with disadvantaged students, what the algorithm revealed about Ofqual and government policy, the long-term impact on the class of 2020 and much more. Spotify iTunes

The Social Review Podcast Episode 55: Weight of the Nation

To discuss the government’s new anti-obesity campaign, Jasper talks to TSR writer Liam Stewart about his essay on the measures for the website. They unpick their personal histories with food and weight, the socio-economic complexity of obesity, how bodies are socially judged, the internal tensions on the left between individual and collective responsibility of weight, and much more (CN: food, eating, eating…

Boris Johnson should shape up, gastric bands and calorie labels in restaurants are not going to solve obesity in the UK

Photo Credit: IJClark My relationship with food has always been a bit toxic. When I was a child I was a fussy eater. As a teen I binge ate. Happily, things today are much better, but I still have days where I binge eat, or get anxious around drinking alcohol or eating certain foods. I was about eight when other children In…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 54: Not the end of ideology

Jasper meets Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (Lecturer in 20th Century British History at UCL and Co-Editor of Renewal: A Journal for Social Democracy) to chat about how old ideologies and orthodoxies continue to shape the Conservative Party, continued narratives of the undeserving poor, who gets to define what is political and what is not, the increasing complexity of class strata and much more.…