Potentially Violent Incidents

The first training course I ever delivered at the DWP(it wasn’t that then) was ‘Preventing Difficult Incidents’. The training course was based on the premise you could manage the number of difficult and potentially violent incidents in a jobcentre, by treating people with respect, being clear every step along the way, and even in a…

We are not all Trayvon Martin

We are all Trayvon Martin now right? The whole world looks at George Zimmerman and as long as we can shout his name, we can prove we are not him and as long as we can shout ‘we are all Trayvon’ that means there is nothing of him in us. This is just a racist…

Dear Deborah Orr,

The other day you made a funny. It made me snort tea on my keyboard, and I told you it was funny. You said something along the lines of ‘this aprobation will not last’. I didn’t know what aprobation meant and I do now, so thank you. I wanted to explain something to you about…

Dear Nigella,

I saw your husband’s announcement of his narcissism in the Daily Mail today and wanted to congratulate you and your divorce lawyers on this boon. As someone who knows a thing or two about this sort of thing, I felt compelled to write about the best ways I have found to deal with narcissists. I…

Snowden

I was going to write to retract my earlier dismissal of prism story but Suzanne Moore has done a bang up job here. I might add something later.

Military Coup

The dying days of a political and economic settlement are what educates those who formulate what comes after. Much of this blog was spent with an eye cast to Egypt, and today we are here again. President Morsi is gone. Existing political forces and the dissent neo liberalism defines is no longer adequate and cannot…