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  • Diversity: don't civil servants have something better to be doing?

    I volunteer for the cross-government network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans civil servants, the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (CSRA). As part of my role, I lead communications and events, including our website, social media channels, and newsletter. Over the past few months, as CSRA continues to become more visible and widely known in the Civil Service, we’ve been getting an increasing number of questions asking a simple question: “don’t civil servants have something better to be doing?”

    Posted on 12 May 2017

  • What happened when my blog post went viral

    I recently wrote a blog post - a letter to my heterosexual friends about Orlando - that went unintentionally viral. Here's the story behind that post.

    Posted on 21 August 2016

  • To my heterosexual friends: this is why Orlando hurts

    Lots of you have been silent about events in Orlando this weekend. That's OK; maybe you were busy, life moves fast. But this one cuts a little deeper for your LGBT friends, like me, and you should know why.

    Posted on 14 June 2016

  • A week abroad with Revolut

    I've been to Sweden recently, and I didn't take any cash with me. Instead, I took a Revolut card.

    Posted on 28 May 2016

  • A year with Apple Watch

    Last year, I wrote about what it was like living with Apple Watch after 2 weeks. 12 months on, is it any use?

    Posted on 5 May 2016

  • First listens of every Eurovision 2016 entry

    I've done the hard work to make your Eurovision experience simple once again this year. Here are my first impressions of this year's Eurovision Song Contest entries.

    Posted on 17 April 2016

  • One week with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

    I've purchased the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro - the latest in Apple's iPad range - along with the Apple Pencil. Here's what I make of it.

    Posted on 10 April 2016

  • Text mining tweets from the 2015 BAFTAs

    I decided to do some content analysis of the 2015 BAFTA awards using live streaming data from Twitter. If you like graphs, you'll love this.

    Posted on 15 February 2015

  • Your privacy is not the enemy

    Security agencies are pre-disposed to ignore our privacy. They’re using any tools and any data they can to create a culture of mistrust and fear. And ultimately, for what?

    Posted on 8 February 2015

  • Is it time for All Under-25 Shortlists?

    In the 1992 General Election, the turnout of 18-25 year old voters was 60%. By 2010, this had dropped to 44%. What can be done to reverse that trend?

    Posted on 28 August 2014

  • Card clash is a catastrophuck

    'Card Clash' has been driving me insane for months. It's a piece of marketing so pointless, it makes me furious every time I see it. So I decided to fix it.

    Posted on 24 August 2014

  • Why content blocks on the Internet are bad

    Despite it’s inventor, Tim Berners-Lee’s proclamation that the World Wide Web was “for everyone”, many countries around the world are treating the Web and Internet in ways that make it less open and free, and more like an Orwellian dystopia.

    Posted on 7 July 2014

  • Are we all expendable?

    It’s a simple fact that TfL no longer needs people to perform many of the basic services that customers on the tube network now require.

    Posted on 4 February 2014

  • Why does central bank independence vary across countries and over time?

    This paper assesses the various theories explaining the growth of independent central banks (ICB) across the world and highlights factors that might explain variations in central bank independence (CBI) across polities and across time. I will argue that any account of variations in CBI must place heavy emphasis on the role of ideas and interests to provide complete accounts of CBI development.

    Posted on 9 June 2013

  • What factors explain the decision to dissolve the Financial Services Authority?

    This piece explores the arguments used during two phases of regulatory reform of the financial services sector. I use content analysis of Parliamentary debates to understand the causes of these policy changes, arguing that the critical junctures thesis is inappropriate for explaining the policy change as it relies on the notion of policy failure. I conclude that partisan political pay-offs drove the case for reform, rather than pure policy failure.

    Posted on 1 June 2013

  • Is speciesism as bad as racism?

    Do animals deserve equal rights to humans? Do they have a right to life, or do we simply have a duty to not do them harm?

    Posted on 24 May 2012

  • How does the method of aggregating votes influence the outcome of elections?

    The reductive nature of electoral systems is actually not a problem in itself, but the question we should be asking is what type of government we wish to see; we should be aiming to minimize the gap between individual preferences and aggregate outcomes when designing and choosing electoral systems as the key implication for the validity and stability of democratic regimes of government.

    Posted on 22 May 2012

  • Is equality intrinsically valuable?

    This piece will assess the worth of equality by looking at instrumental and non-instrumental versions of egalitarianism. It will argue that on the whole, egalitarian theory fails to defend equality in a way that separates it from other moral principles, and that the closest to a defence we can get is using the Original Position as an attempt to prove the intrinsic value of equality.

    Posted on 16 May 2012

  • Does Hobbes’ employment of natural rights take him in an absolutist direction?

    In this piece, I assess the political thought of Thomas Hobbes, through analysis of his work, Leviathan. I explain his theory of human nature, leading to his views on the natural rights of mankind and ultimately, the link he creates between this and his view that absolutism, preferably centred in a monarchy, is the best form of government. I then analyse this reasoning, leading to a defence of his theory.

    Posted on 8 April 2011

  • Are majoritarian or proportional electoral systems better?

    Electoral systems – the set of rules that regulate competition between parties and/or candidates during elections, that decide how vote shares map to seats in parliament and indeed, how the electorate express their preferences – have traditionally fallen into two categories; majoritarian – which include Single Member Plurality (or ‘First-Past-The-Post’), the Two-Round System and Alternative Vote – or proportional – like open or closed-list PR and the Single Transferable Vote.

    Posted on 8 April 2011