Archive for August, 2011

A Housing Culture Crisis?

Today’s revelations about the state of Britain’s housing make for grim reading, but tucked away behind a lot of the reporting is a fundamentally flawed attitude towards housing ownership as one of life’s ultimate aims. It may not be a stretch of the imagination to name it as a contributing factor to our current crisis.

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Tuesday, 30th August 2011 at 12:45 UTC 1 comment

Surviving life in two cultures

One of the debates about the Church and Christian life that recurs in Soul Survivor is the difference between trying to expand Christian Subculture and actually taking Jesus’ messages of love, justice, forgiveness, etc to the people. Its a critical debate on one level, especially for a church so laden with its own peculiar culture that is butting up against many other cultures.

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Saturday, 27th August 2011 at 9:00 UTC 3 comments

Phone Hacking: a crisis of agency for the rest of us

The unearthing of a hacking scandal at NewsCorp and the massive media circus of Murdoch ‘on trial’ before the commons select committee provided a spectacle that held what felt like the whole population in some sort of trance. It felt as if the whole of the establishment was just about to cave in on itself. The problem, and the reason I found the whole episode so difficult to deal with, was the impossible task of finding a way to do anything.

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Monday, 22nd August 2011 at 15:48 UTC 1 comment

Guest Post: Society’s Disabling Restrictions

Amidst a rising tide of negativity towards disabled people in the press, Disability Rights activism is becoming more and more urgent. I got asked by Nicola Sleap if I would publish this article she wrote for SCM’s Movement magazine as a guest post. I’m glad she did, because unlike her, I’m not on the receiving end of this shift.

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Saturday, 20th August 2011 at 8:00 UTC Leave a comment

UK Riots: Hopelessly Violent?

This has certainly proven to be a year of unrelenting, if deeply contrasting uprisings, and it shows no sign of abating, with India the latest to enter the fray with anti-corruption protests that saw more arrests than our riots did. If its possible to make objective comparisons between the #ukriots and all the other uprisings of recent months, then I intend to do it. (more…)

Friday, 19th August 2011 at 10:11 UTC 1 comment

Big Society: a strategy of distraction?

I’ve been doing plenty of thinking about the Big Society idea lately, and how it uses language of mutual aid to both excuse cuts but also to redirect people’s volunteering efforts. There is plenty being written about the former, but lets think for a minute about the latter.

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Wednesday, 17th August 2011 at 8:00 UTC Leave a comment

A ‘cats and dogs’ guide to activist strategy

There are as many, if not more, approaches to creating change as there are people doing it. There aren’t really any right ways and there aren’t nearly as many wrong ways as people sometimes make out. To demonstrate one such difference in approaches, we shall, metaphorically, require a cat, a dog and a large ball of string or wool.

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Monday, 15th August 2011 at 9:00 UTC Leave a comment

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