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Angus Walker
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Extremism and the concept of righteous anger
I wrote in July 2014  this post  about radicalism and extremism and that already seems a very long time ago indeed. Since then there has been a very visible (and audible) growth in extremism in two groups which, for all their apparent difference seem to me ...

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Donald Trump. What's all that about?
I'm late to the party on this one too. For ages Trump's candidature was seen (at this side of the Atlantic at least) as simply a joke, with that stupid hair being the punchline. However if it is a joke then it is in very poor taste indeed. Here we have some...

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Why the anti-Jeremy Corbyn vitriol?
Jeremy Corbyn's unlikely emergence as the clear front-runner to succeed poor Ed seems to have got the Labour party all in a tizzy. At one level this is amusing: surely only the Labour party would become so terrified when one of its leadership contenders tur...

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Tiverton
A day of persistent heavy rain and 12 degrees Celsius welcomed us into the West Country. I am sure it was an utterly beautiful ride but its charms were lost on me. We stopped for lunch in a Sainsburys in Bridgewater and sat shaking with cold in the unheated...

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Suis-je Charlie?
Yesterday's attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris were utterly horrific and indefensible, that goes without saying. It is not just the actions themselves that were appalling but the motivations behind the actions- this was an attempt to use bruta...

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The Today programme and its attitude to scientific study
I was half listening to the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning when an item came on about learning poems by heart. It was introduced by a long clip of Alan Bennett talking about Larkin's I Remember I Remember . I enjoy listening to poetry read well and...

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What are schools for?
There has been a flurry of debate following Michael Wilshaw's  comments about behaviour management in schools  and I don't want to enter the debate as to whether behaviour in schools actually is a problem or not (for what it is worth, I believe that there i...

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The lessons of history
Just a short post today. I was listening to Start the Week this morning and there was an interesting item on the unification of Germany. In it, one of the contributors referred to a sense that for Germans history can be defined as that which must never be a...

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The changing balance of power between the genders
As the father of an only daughter but also as a teacher and head teacher I have always been very engaged with issues about post-feminist gender roles and gender equality. The area is full of paradoxes: gender equality is absolute in terms of UK employment l...
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