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Regaining trust in political campaigns

On Thursday the UK voted to pull out of the European Union. Usually, we would anticipate a country making a collective decision, whatever the majority, to be celebrating. But the main focus in the media has been widespread confusion and … Continue reading

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The other elephant in the room on the Sun’s front page

I awoke this morning to see my Twitter and Facebook feeds dominated by criticism of the Sun’s front page. Realistically, this was going to the case today irrespective of how they handled the Hillsborough inquest. There are, quite rightly, thousands … Continue reading

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Pounding the footpaths: Parkrun’s business model

There has been a lot of debate recently about Stoke Gifford Parish Council’s decision to charge the local Parkrun event for use of a public park to stage a free weekly 5k run. As a runner, and Parkrunner, myself, I … Continue reading

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Blur’s Great Escape and the non-fall of the Tory party

In the last few months I’ve been listening to Blur’s 1995 album The Great Escape quite a lot. It’s often overlooked as a socio-political album, but always reminds me of the fall of the previous Conservative government in 1997, holding … Continue reading

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Artists vote for capital; capitalists vote for art?

It has been interesting times living here in Scotland over the last months, as a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country was held on 18th September 2014 (see e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/events/scotland-decides). The referendum dominated news media within Scotland … Continue reading

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Tax avoidance and charitable donations

The opening question on last night’s Question Time concerned whether Gary Barlow should retain his OBE. Whilst I’m personally care little about that precise issue, the wider debate about tax avoidance, privilege and charitable work was very interesting. Some audience … Continue reading

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Within-household newspaper consumption

In our Is Britain Pulling Apart? project we’re interested in social interactions between different types of social groups. One characteristic I’m particularly interested in is social connections by newspaper choice. Within the UK, newspapers can reveal elements of both our … Continue reading

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