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“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua

February 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua · Uncategorized

But Lulu saw it differently. “I have no friends. No one likes me,” she announced one day. “Lulu, why do you say that?” I asked anxiously. “Everyone likes you.You’re so funny and pretty.” “I’m ugly,” Lulu retorted. “And you don’t know anything. How can I have any friends? You won’t let me do anything. I […]

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“I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

February 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou · Uncategorized

Within weeks, I realized that my schoolmates and I were on paths moving diametrically away from each other. They were concerned and excited over the approaching football games, but I had in my immediate past raced a car down a dark and foreign Mexican mountain. They concentrated great interest on who was worthy of being […]

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Children’s Talent to Endure Stems From Their Ignorance of Alternatives – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

January 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Children’s Talent to Endure Stems From Their Ignorance of Alternatives – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou · Uncategorized

Looking through the years, I marvel that Saturday was my favorite day in the week. What pleasures could have been squeezed between the fan folds of unending tasks? Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

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“The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

The world of politics is littered with assertions that are untrue, but are believed to be true because they were not effectively answered. An unrebutted lie becomes accepted as the truth. You must always rebut a political attack if leaving it unanswered will harm you. And you must do it instantly, within minutes at best, […]

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“The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Extremism, Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized

As Keith Middlemas observed, ‘What had really occurred … resembled the dosing of a malarial patient with quinine: the symptoms disappeared but the party was not really strengthened, nor were its ideological fevers cured.’

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Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Policy, Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

In opposition, you wake up and ask: ‘What shall I say today?’ In government, you ask: ‘What shall I do today?’ The impact of the saying is immediate. The impact of the doing is only apparent over time. I learnt as government progressed that the day-to-day news coverage mattered much less than laying down deep […]

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My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 1

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on My Year in Reading 2011 – Part 1 · Reading Related, Uncategorized

About three years ago I resolved to make enough time in my life to read one book a week. I’ve always read quite a bit, but reading being a domestic activity, it had always been the subject of the vicissitudes of domestic life. Busy periods at work, social commitments or just lack of overall motivation […]

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Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

Government is a hundred times tougher but a thousand times more satisfying. Look back at 1997–2010, and you may still only recall the end, with all its bitterness and defeat. Over time, however, the achievements are clear and they are real – real in their effects on people’s lives, real in the change in the […]

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Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Ideology, Policy, Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

(If we) create more people with more income and more education, they are going to want to make more choices; hence the importance of tax as an issue for the aspiring working class as well as the middle class.

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Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tony Blair’s Foreword: “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Ideology, Politics, UK Labour, Uncategorized, United Kingdom

We did ‘lose touch’, not with ‘our roots’ but with a public whose anxieties over tax, spending, immigration and crime were precisely the opposite of those on the left criticising New Labour.

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