Articles in Miles Out of London
2011-10-24 00:00:00 | 1Comments
2011-10-17 00:00:00 | 2Comments
2011-10-10 00:00:00 | 3Comments
The Tory proposal to raise the speed limit on British motorways to 80mph is a senseless policy dreamt up by bully boys.
2011-09-12 00:00:00 | 13Comments
How a religious movement is making US liberals nervous.
2011-09-09 13:32:10 | 4Comments
Most Americans were more concerned about the non-event of Hurricane Irene in New York City than they are with commemorating the 9/11 attacks. This is a country tired of war.
How airports have become the territory of the capitalist elite.
You know things are bad when you can’t give away a free copy of the Times. Then again, in Sussex, people aren't so engrossed in the News International phone-hacking saga.
Instead of fighting for greater professionalism in teaching, the unions are engaged in a war against market liberalism.
Those opposing the pension reforms have leapt to the defence of working women affected by the changes. Yet the true victims of the coalition are the women who stayed at home
The beheading of a British woman in Tenerife was shocking, but we Brits are too preoccupied with bizarre ideas about foreign danger. The real risks, abroad and at home, lie in the most mundane things.
2011-04-15 13:03:51 | 34Comments
Will the younger Murdoch prove he’s inherited Rupert’s sharp instinct for running newspapers and understanding of what an editor needs?
2011-04-07 16:08:32 | 1Comments
Middle England wasn’t at the TUC’s march on Saturday because it cares more about its tax credits than about what’s happening to public services. And not without reason.
2011-03-31 12:07:02 | 15Comments
From 9/11 to the Japanese tsunami, it seems to be modern nature to want to find tenuous personal links to cataclysmic events.
2011-03-24 13:27:13 | 8Comments
Jamie’s Dream School, the TV programme currently trying to inspire school “failures”, could be a reality if schools ditched the meaningless jargon and concentrated on getting children interested.
2011-03-17 13:27:33 | 1Comments
The right might complain about the welfare state, but the left don’t want to talk about it at all.
A competitive market in everything from telecoms to insurance means the seemingly low prices that companies offer to consumers are supplemented by hidden costs – often buried in opaque literature.
2011-03-03 07:26:27 | 8Comments
What intrinsic merit does someone who happens to hold a British passport have over a Bangladeshi or a Guinean?
2011-02-17 14:58:10 | 6Comments
The urban elite don’t realise how hard rising fuel costs are hitting the country.
Many provisions in the English NHS reform plan will tilt the system in favour of private-sector providers and the balance of control away from the patient. Yet it would be a mistake to dismiss it as all bad.
Local decision-making can descend into a system of bullying and patronage, yet a credible, small-scale brand of participatory politics is possible.
2011-01-27 14:09:37 | 2Comments
Yes, Edward Woollard — who threw a fire extinguisher from a roof at a student protest — was criminally stupid. But “deterrent sentences” are unfair . . . and they don’t even work.
2011-01-20 15:26:55 | 5Comments
The Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner is a symbol of the ignorance and scaremongering that are rampant in US politics.
2011-01-13 10:47:23 | 4Comments
From social welfare and education to chic Christmas shopping, Singapore is near the top of world league tables. Why are westerners so patronising about it?
2011-01-06 09:53:29 | 60Comments
She’s been accused of social climbing, of having no class and of being “boring”. But we are at fault here, not Kate Middleton.
2010-12-02 08:11:20 | 13Comments
Her TV programme on Alaska was really about her, and showed her to be banal and stupid.
2010-11-25 15:06:33 | 3Comments
How a pact between the food lobby and the US government has made two-thirds of the country’s adults overweight or obese.
2010-11-11 07:32:49 | 1Comments
The US Tea Party has created a political landschape in which notions of good and evil are cartoonish and, rather than helping the poor, play straight into the hands of the unregulated rich.
2010-11-04 07:17:04 | 13Comments
Some of the problems that fuelled the right-wing, grass-roots movement in the US are true of Britain. But at its core, the Tea Party is distinctively American.
2010-10-28 07:21:02 | 45Comments
They are easy to dismiss as ignorant, right-wing zealots, but these “soccer moms” are fighting for many values that lefty feminists would find more attractive than we might like to think.
2010-10-21 07:17:26 | 8Comments
Life is unfair, as the death of the Angolan immigrant Jimmy Mubenga shows. But it’s too easy to shout about injustice while doing little to fight inequality.
2010-10-15 12:03:21 | 8Comments
Private schools are becoming antisocial enclaves for the super rich. The same could happen to our best universities.
2010-10-07 07:09:40 | 6Comments
The Tories’ changes to child benefit rules will do nothing but widen the wealth gap in Britain, penalise women for having children and keep the less educated people at the bottom of the heap. This is no attempt at increasing “fairness”.
2010-10-04 08:11:05 | 3Comments
The very poor and the rich will not lose their homes in the Tory cuts to come — but a safety net is needed for those families that remain at risk.
2010-09-27 11:05:30 | 25Comments
You can hit a child — but you can’t hit a dog.
2010-09-14 07:54:57 | 11Comments
The free schools say they are all-inclusive. But by making Latin compulsory or stressing church attendance, will they be operating selection systems by stealth?
2010-09-06 08:18:57 | 3Comments
It may have been a sop to the middle classes, but Andrew Lansley’s decision to scrap the popular distance health service was more political than pragmatic.
2010-08-30 10:17:41 | 3Comments
The ever-widening gap between rich and poor has meant that the real, low-income, middle classes are becoming an endangered species.
2010-08-19 07:16:21 | 4Comments
The Prime Minister has suggested that Britons should holiday more in the UK. But for the middle classes, is there really a choice?
2010-08-04 23:36:53 | 7Comments
The government’s belief that volunteers can sort out society’s problems is nothing short of fantasy. The Deputy PM could learn a lot from “Toy Story 3”.
2010-07-29 07:13:33 | 13Comments
What the demise of the Trimdon Constituency Labour Club says about New Labour’s legacy.
2010-07-22 07:11:58 | 7Comments
By the time Labour left office all patients were treated within 18 weeks. Plans for the health service will dismantle this. Rarely have proposed “reforms” alarmed so many professionals from every political corner.
2010-07-15 00:14:42 | 54Comments
Too many women come across men who are mad, bad and exceedingly dangerous to know. The pity of it is that the police went into overdrive only when their own were threatened –– and then made a melodrama of it.
2010-07-08 00:11:32 | 7Comments
The signs are that getting women into work creates growth and further employment . . . for other women. Is there anything we can do to rescue unemployable young men from the recession?
TV and Radio
2010-07-01 07:08:28 | 7Comments
Dead children, bad health and paedophiles: government adverts on local radio are painting a stunningly negative vision of Britain.
2010-06-24 06:30:41 | 28Comments
The Tories make heavy weather of wanting to cut down on immigration –– yet there seems little evidence to show that restricting incomer numbers will help Britain’s economy.
2010-06-17 07:12:41 | 1Comments
I’m no football fan, but I enjoy the gathering together of friends and families knowing that all over the country everyone else is doing the same.
The coalition government’s policy on benefits is a puzzle. Early indications suggest that its planned changes will hit the poor hardest. No wonder that many subsidise low incomes with illegal work.
All the evidence shows it: more female MPs = more childcare = more women at work + higher birth rate = economic growth. Which is why we need to see Diane Abbott’s name on that leadership ballot paper.
2010-05-27 06:36:26 | 2Comments
The Duchess of York is back in the news and back in trouble. Despite the humiliation of the cash-for-access scandal, she is more a child than a monster.
2010-05-20 11:40:19 | 22Comments
Just getting Abbott’s name on the ballot paper will show that women in politics can be taken seriously.