Croatia, the EU and Grenfel Tower

Amid the bewildering discovery that Surrey seemingly has higher skyscrapers than London – at least based on the heights of their respective fire services’ hydraulic platforms we now discover that the EU also played a role in the disaster and one which does not show it in a good light. In order to comply with… Read more

Fire safety as an “optional extra”? (the case of modern day office space)

With the Grenfell Tower disaster still fresh in our minds, and daily reports of the steadily increasing number of tall buildings clad in material that fails to meet fire safety standards, it’s understandable that the more general issue of fire safety and regulation has rightly become something of a talking point…. Read more

Fire – how did it come to this?

The devastating fire in North Kensington must have had us all thinking of 9/11. And yet this was a preventable, (in all likelihood) accidental fire in what is supposed to be the fifth richest nation on earth. Personally I feel deeply ashamed that such an appalling inferno, in which at least 17 people perished, can… Read more

Partisanship and the End of Politics (the coming of the neo-feudal state)

Since the US electorate (or more accurately, electoral college) put a reality TV personality and real estate mogul into the White House late last year I’ve become a committed viewer of a number of US news and current affairs programmes. Several of these – such and The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with… Read more

Reclaiming the debate on poverty

In reading articles about economic poverty I am struck by the fact that most discussion focuses on the ways that spending power and material choice are limited for people with low incomes. In this paper I want to focus on the effects of poverty on the individual. I have not approached this as an academic… Read more