Is there a point to politicians?

Chris Dillow argues Politicians are becoming meaningless people doing meaningless posturing. in the light of their inability to fix the problems of the Eurozone, or to reverse declining turnout at elections. Hopi Sen, in an unrelated post, points out that people’s interest in politics has remained relatively stable, but their propensity to vote, and their belief that […]

Lunchtime list for June 17th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Commons needs to be more ‘box office’, says Sir George – Sir George Young has given a speech on how to make the role of Parliament better-known and increase coverage of Parliamentary debates. L’Europe attend les architectes – Jacques Delors (of Up […]

Lunchtime list for June 15th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Football: a dear friend to capitalism – This article is what happens when a humourless, politics-obsessed academic encounters the World Cup. It's all a gruesome capitalist distraction, apparently. Merkel’s paralysis – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing difficult pooitical times as her […]

Lunchtime list for June 14th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the […]

Lunchtime list for June 9th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Heffer on the EU: Nostradamus he ain’t – One of our own pieces on a hysterical prediction of the future by Simon Heffer, written in 2003. Find out about the gangs of armed EU police who will be roaming the streets attacking […]

Lunchtime list for June 8th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: It’s Angela Merkel’s euro-party, and she’ll cry if she wants to – Charlemagne at the Economist considers the choreography around the German goverment's "biggest austerity programme since the war". Will the Euro be saved by a lot of economic integration, or even […]

Lunchtime list for June 3rd

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: French bid for euro zone government gains ground – More positioning from France, Germany and EU Council President. Worth reading for background on this quietly important story Life inside the North Korean bubble – Fascinating film from BBC Newsnight, with footage from […]

Lunchtime list for June 2nd

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Affluent communities cast wider social net – Research from Cornell University shows affluent communities tend to have residents who interact with a diverse group of people while people living in less-advantaged communities only talk within their own neighborhoods. THE REALITIES AND RELEVANCE […]