Recently we found out that, six months after leaving office as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid will be taking a job with JP Morgan. Earlier in the summer, we saw major donors to the Conser…
Jonathan Webber“Why should we trust officeholders’ judgments about their own impartiality, when research also tells us that humans are prone to ‘blind spots’ and ‘motivated reasoning’?“
— @LizDavidBarrett on implicit cognition and conflict of interest at @LSEpoliticsblog
The Government's manifesto stated “we will make intentional trespass a criminal offence”: an extreme, illiberal & unnecessary attack on ancient freedoms that would threaten walkers, campers, and the wider public. It would further tilt the law in...
We are used to thinking of idleness as a vice, something to be ashamed of. But when the British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote “In Praise of Idleness” in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, idleness was an unavoidable reality for the...
As education minister for Wales, I’m announcing £50m extra funding to help universities and colleges survive a difficult time
Jonathan Webber"the purpose of education is not simply to get a job. It is about becoming an informed and engaged citizen ... which in turn benefits our society, democracy and economy"
–– Kirsty Williams, Welsh Government Minister for Education
“Educating students in philosophy and the humanities is a public good. We need people who think analytically and imaginatively and in unusual ways.” The following guest post* is by Alison Assiter, Professor of Philosophy at the University of the...
Jonathan Webber“with a looming climate crisis, creeping authoritarianism, systemic racism, and a crippling pandemic, raising critically engaged citizens is as important as ever“
— Alison Assiter on the importance of philosophy programmes
The sculpture of protester has been taken to a museum for artist Marc Quinn to collect, says Bristol city council
Jonathan WebberAstounding that @MarvinJRees and @BristolCouncil can act swiftly and decisively to remove a public artwork but have still done basically nothing to increase cyclist and pedestrian space four months into covid emergency.