12 Jun 2012
June 12, 2012


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Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.  The best is the enemy of the good. Perhaps Voltaire really did say that; I’ve no idea.  But when it comes to the really important stuff, the phrase resonates for many of us when trying to navigate the channel between the platonic ideal of an outcome and simply yielding.. read more →

08 Jun 2012
June 8, 2012

State of Confusion

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Watching Ed Miliband’s interview on Channel 4, I was struck by how politicians unfailingly find themselves in troubled waters when trying to define what they mean by ‘nation’; choppier for us still is the notion of ‘national characteristics’.  Official use of the word, in its UK domestic context, has evolved in recent years from largely.. read more →