Saturday, September 27, 2014

Many thanks to RIPPLE at KU Leuven

Many thanks to the fabulous political philosophers at RIPPLE (Research in Political Philosophy Leuven) -- possibly the largest group of political philosophers I've seen outside Oxford. (And this says much about how extraordinary - and wonderful - this group is.) The discussion was terrific with excellent questions from beginning to end and a highly enjoyable visit.

I am especially grateful to a former student of mine now PhD student at KU Leuven, Michael Jewkes, for the invitation to take part in Ripple's seminar series.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

English devolution opens a Pandora's Box

. . . or so I argue in today's the Journal available online here (and in the print edition pages 4-5).

Durham University's Law School ranked 3rd best in the UK

. . . in the University Guide published this past weekend by the Times and can be found here. Cambridge is ranked 1st and Oxford is 2nd.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

My thoughts on Scotland's No vote

. . . can be found here and delighted by the result!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Many thanks to the Hegel Society of Great Britain

. . . for the invitation to speak at its conference on "Hegel's Political Philosophy" held at the University of Cambridge last Thursday and Friday. Stimulating papers, terrific discussion and fabulous scholars made for a highly enjoyable time - and hope my powerpoint presentation (the first at a HSGB conference) is not its last...

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Interviewed on RT about UK citizenship test

The news brief notes the test being described as a "bad pub quiz" and "unfit for purpose" - both of which were noted originally in my report about the test and news briefing.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Criminal Justice at a Crossroads: Why Victims Should Have a Say

. . . is my latest piece for Political Insight. Abstract is:

"Public satisfaction with the criminal justice system is plummeting. What can policymakers do? Thom Brooks argues that restorative justice could provide an alternative to the traditional courtroom that would restore public confidence, reduce reoffending and even save money."

Monday, September 01, 2014

One Nation Labour can deliver the Britain we deserve

. . . is the title of my latest piece for Progress, the New Labour pressure group for progressive politics. The piece can be read here - an excerpt:

"One Nation Labour is about building a more equal and fair Britain where all share in prosperity. This powerful vision rejects the ‘divide and rule’ politics that define the Tory party. The Tories have a habit of rewarding favoured special interests above the public interest. One Nation Labour aims to correct this imbalance so that all can benefit, not only a chosen few. We can fight back even more effectively against Tory critics by viewing One Nation Labour through the politics of hope it can deliver. It can deliver the Britain we deserve [. . .]"

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