Jonathan Lindsell
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Jonathan wrote a novel that will not be published, and intends to write worse novels that will. He finished university in 2011 and is now research fellow at Civitas think tank [All views my own]. He tells politicians what to do and they usually ignore him. Probably for the best.

In a purely personal capacity he blogs at Haywire Thought where he uses a pseudonym because he is vain and cowardly. He tweets @JJLindsell because he is vain and attention seeking. When he is not filling screens with political, philosophical or gender-based drivel, he can be found running around London, practising kung fu, climbing, twinging a bass or painting. He gets 'experimental' in the kitchen.

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Entries by Jonathan Lindsell

Gove's BMW Confusion Shows the Flaws in Brexit

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2016 | (23:21)

"I think it would be very difficult for any German finance minister to say to BMW I am afraid you are going to have to lay off workers because I want to punish the British for being democratic by erecting trade barriers... that won't happen."

It seems that in the...

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A Plan for Reconciliation If Remain Scrapes an EU Win

(1) Comments | Posted 22 April 2016 | (14:37)

They say it is never too early to plan, so here is a brief look at how to bring the country back together in the event of a Remain vote this June.

The government will have a mandate for staying in the EU on David Cameron's terms, but millions of...

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Cameron Is Using Norway to Make the Out Campaigns Look Risky

(3) Comments | Posted 2 November 2015 | (23:00)

During last week's Prime Minister's Questions and again at the Northern Future Forum in Reykjavik, David Cameron attacked the Brexit model known as the 'Norway option'. This involves leaving the EU but joining the European Economic Area, a trade grouping that currently hosts Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Cameron appears to...

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Brexit Can Be a Moderate Proposition

(0) Comments | Posted 6 September 2014 | (18:45)

If David Cameron gets his way there will be a referendum on Britain's EU membership in 2017. That's a long way off, but if opinion polls are anything to go by, the result is likely to be very close. A lot could change in the time until the referendum...

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The Terrifying Familiarity of Elliot Rodger

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (16:11)

It isn't the conclusion of Elliot Rodger's video that terrifies me - not the 'day of retribution' content, the killing intentions, the insistence that it could all have been averted if one of the 'pretty girls' had slept with him. It isn't the discussion of Alpha Maledom or punishing women or revenge...

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Male Film Tropes You'll Never See

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2014 | (19:16)

I enjoyed this Cracked article so much, I thought I'd explore a bit further. The article cheekishly suggests that Hollywood doesn't need more Strong Female Characters (it does) but more weak male ones. C Colevill and Christina H then parodied six female character tropes. After...

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16 Reasons Why You, a Man, Should Hate the Patriarchy

(2) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (23:13)

This piece was prompted by Emer O'Toole's excellent article, 'Men -if you're not a feminist, it's fine, just move on'. I loved it, I found it very convincing. Hopefully this list complements it. O'Toole's point is that men who interact with feminism but care more about male issues can...

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Nag Your MP to Save Your Freedom to Protest

(13) Comments | Posted 13 August 2013 | (11:56)

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill poses dangers to civil liberty: freedoms of protest and of association are threatened. I wrote about this in extreme terms here, but a sober evaluation was needed.

Below is an abbreviated letter to my MP - more boring than my blog, but hopefully more...

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Faceless Monsters: Rape in the Papers

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (23:35)

Trigger warnings: rape, sexual assault, child abuse, victim blaming.

I hate it when people say "It's time to talk about x", "It's time we sat down and had a serious discussion about y".

I don't propose "It's time to talk about rape". We've talked about it enough: Yewtree, Steubenville, Delhi,...

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