An Unnecessary Role

embracing false choices

What I’ve been reading

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Away from (presumably) dodgy translations of Maurice Glasman interviews, I have been reading:

Tony Clements at the ever-excellent Red Brick developing a policy agenda regarding the private rented sector which I would like to see as part of Labour’s housing policy (if only out of self-interest as a private rent tenant myself).

Paul Corrigan explaining, dissecting and reframing the debate about the NHS. It is a clear sign of how much of a mess the government is in on this issue when the most coherent explanation of what is going on comes from an adviser to the previous government, not this one.

And from America, Fred Clark has a post of genius that shows how easy it would be, given the political will, to create jobs  and illustrates the mess politics can get itself in when parties refuse to pursue activist pro-job and pro-growth policies.

In my bag is Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland by Jonathan Powell, a readable contemporary history with much to say about the psychodrama of negotiation; and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna, a novel rich in detail set in Sierra Leone after the civil war.


Written by samelliot

June 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Posted in Reading

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