Month: April 2019

Life Peerages Act 1958: First Women Life Peers

The History of Parliament

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the announcement of the first life peers after the passing of the Life Peerages Act, 1958. This Act also allowed women to sit in the House of Lords for the first time so this blog is July’s installment of the Women and Parliament series. We are delighted to hear from guest blogger Dr Duncan Sutherland, a historian who has worked on women in Parliament for several years. Today he considers the experiences and contributions of the first four women life peers…

Life Peerages Act 1958

When the government announced the creation of life peers in 1958 to help revitalise the moribund Second Chamber, there was particular interest in who the first women appointed would be. Among those suggested but not chosen were Nancy Astor, former Suffragist Marjory Corbett Ashby and the elderly former Conservative Party activist Caroline Bridgeman. Three women passed over in 1958 would receive peerages…

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BBC senior editor defends double standards on terrorism

BBC Watch

Those who have been following the BBC’s coverage of the recent attack at a synagogue near San Diego may have noticed that the sole use of the word terrorist appears in a quote from the wounded Rabbi in one of the BBC’s reports. A programme aired last month casts some light on related editorial policy. 

The March 22nd edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Feedback’ included an item (from 1:03 here) concerning criticism of the BBC’s coverage of the terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the previous week. Presenter Roger Bolton spoke with the BBC News editorial director Kamal Ahmed and from 5:20 the conversation turned to “the use of the word terrorism”. [emphasis in italics in the original]

Bolton: “Should the BBC have used the term ‘terrorist attack’ instead of ‘shooting’?”

Ahmed: “On the issue of terror and terrorism…

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Empathy, John Rawls and JS Mill or why the state sector code of conduct was designed to drive empathy out of the @NZTreasury

From Decety J, Yoder KJ. Empathy and motivation for justice: Cognitive empathy and concern, but not emotional empathy, predict sensitivity to injustice for others. Soc Neurosci. 2015;11(1):1–14. doi:10.1080/17470919.2015.1029593

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“My Generation Has Done Terrible Things”–David Attenborough


By Paul Homewood


Sir David Attenborough has showed his support for students striking over climate change and called their outrage ‘certainly justified’.

The broadcaster and natural historian branded critics of the school strikes cynics in a podcast interview with former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.

During the podcast, called Outrage and Optimism, he told Ms Figueres: ‘Young people understand the simple discoveries of science about our dependence upon the natural world.

‘My generation is no great example for understanding – we have done terrible things.’

This of course echoes what the likes of Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg have been arguing, that we have destroyed their future.

But has his generation, or indeed more recent ones, done anything to be ashamed of. In particular, are they leaving the world in a worse place than it was when they entered it?

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FRIEDMAN FRIDAY Listing of transcripts and videos of “Free to Choose” episode 3 – Anatomy of a Crisis on

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Listing of transcripts and videos of “Free to Choose” episode 3 – Anatomy of a Crisis on

Milton Friedman in his series “Free to Choose” used a pencil as a simple example to should have the “invisible hand” of the freemarket works (phrase originally used by Adam Smith).

“How grateful I have been over the years for the cogency of Friedman’s ideas which have influenced me. Cherishers of freedom will be indebted to him for generations to come.”
Alan Greenspan, former Chairman, Federal Reserve System

Image result for milton friedman free to choose“Right at this moment there are people all over the land, I could put dots on the map, who are trying to prove Milton wrong. At some point, somebody else is trying to prove he’s right That’s what I call influence.”
Paul Samuelson, Nobel Laureate in Economic Science

In 1980 when I first sat down and read the book “Free…

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Review of “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant” by Ronald C. White

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

Ronald White’s “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant” was published in 2016, two years after I spent eight weeks reading six other biographies of Grant. White is a well-known historian and the author of nine books (including one of my favorites on Abraham Lincoln). He is currently working on “Abraham Lincoln’s Diary” which is a collection of notes and reflections left behind by Lincoln (due out in 2020) and a biography of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (due in 2021).

There is no shortage of compelling biographies of Ulysses Grant – at least eight have been published in the last two decades alone. But ever since I completed my initial round of reading on Grant (in late 2014) I’ve been looking forward to reading this biography of the 18th president. Based on my experience reading White’s “A. Lincoln: A Biography” I had high expectations for “American…

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FRIEDMAN FRIDAY Listing of transcripts and videos of “Free to Choose” episode 1 – Power of the Market on

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Milton Friedman’s books and film series really helped form my conservative views. Take a look at one of my favorite films of his:

Image result for milton friedman free to choose“FREE TO CHOOSE” 1: The Power of the Market (Milton Friedman)
Free to Choose ^| 1980 | Milton Friedman

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 4:20:46 PM by Choose Ye This Day

FREE TO CHOOSE: The Power of the Market

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Friedman: Once all of this was a swamp, covered with forest. The Canarce Indians who lived here traded the 22 square miles of soggy Manhattan Island to the Dutch for $24.00 worth of cloth and trinkets. The newcomers founded a city, New Amsterdam at the edge of an empty continent. In the years that followed, it proved a magnet for millions of people from across the Atlantic; people who were driven by fear and poverty; who were attracted by the promise of freedom and plenty. They…

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