Realities

Not the end of ideology

Photo Credit This article was originally published in Renewal. The government response to the coronavirus crisis involves an unprecedented level of intervention in the peacetime British economy. But the rhetorical and ideological underpinnings of these new policies reveal that little has really changed in Conservative thinking. On 17 March, Rishi Sunak told Parliament that the ‘national effort’ against Covid-19 would be ‘underpinned…

The Digital Divide: Coronavirus and Education

Photo Credit Broadband communism. A fantasy. Costs of £100 billion or more.  It is safe to say that during the 2019 general election, Labour’s plan for free broadband was met with scepticism or downright hostility from many. However, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has brought this once-dismissed policy back into vogue. With school closures and pupils out of classrooms, many in Britain are…

Starmerscepticism: An Unsentimental Approach

Photo Credit Keir Starmer’s election reflected the age we live in; a low key acceptance speech a day before Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care. This was not an atmosphere conducive to dramatic gestures by his internal opponents. Starmerscepticism has been born nonetheless, on Twitter, on Facebook and on the pages of mostly online outlets previously notable for their loyal support…

Review: A People’s History of Tennis

Credit: UA Archives – Upper Arlington Public Library (Repository: UA Historical Society) I have never considered myself a “sports person”.  In my salad days, I hardly brimmed with natural athleticism. To me, school sport was at best an irritant and at worst an exercise in humiliation–I faked injuries in order to do my homework in the library (I know, I know) and declared…