Entries by Brian John Spencer from 09/2012

Goodbye Owen Paterson, Hello Theresa Villiers

| Posted 09.04.2012 | UK Politics

In a cabinet reshuffle billed as the answer to Britain's economic ills, Prime Minister David Cameron went with the economic status quo: holding tight to the fiscally prudent and the ever-derided George Osborne.

Judge Must Stand Down After Grossly Distasteful Comments

| Posted 09.06.2012 | UK Politics

Judges are the ultimate arbiters of human conduct. With fiercely independent minds they are appointed to pass final judgement and to determine and sha...

Theresa Villiers Needs to Do a Mo Mowlam

| Posted 09.13.2012 | UK Politics

Northern Ireland is in making the headlines again. So you know what that means: bad news.

The Cycle of Market Slump and Rally is Making me Feel Like I'm Featuring in Groundhog Day

| Posted 09.16.2012 | UK Politics

The rhythmic rise and fall of market sentiment has become depressingly familiar; so much so that I feel like I'm stuck in some sort of time loop, with the same string of events repeating itself over and over again.

Education: A Silo, Entire of Itself (Part 2)

| Posted 09.19.2012 | UK Universities & Education

In the first post in this series I argued that Britain is failing to prepare its young people for the world of work; grounding my argument on the prem...

Education: A Silo, Entire of Itself (Part 3)

| Posted 09.24.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Unfortunately there's not going to be a quick fix to the youth unemployment crisis. However we can learn lessons from this prolonged period of youth j...

Why the UK Owes US Senator George Mitchell a Debt of Gratitude

| Posted 09.26.2012 | UK Politics

Look back only 15 to 20 years and you would see a British Isles stalked by social unrest and political uncertainty. Northern Ireland was at the heart of the disquiet.

Reflections on Edward Carson and the 100th Anniversary of the Ulster Covenant

| Posted 09.28.2012 | UK Politics

This weekend Northern Ireland's unionists are celebrating the life of Sir Edward Carson and the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant.