Friday, August 19, 2011

Cameron's Big (Broken) Society

So here's the product of my 'worliday'. An web article for Foreign Affairs on the consequences of the riot for the coalition government: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/68199/jonathan-hopkin/david-cameron-and-the-london-riots 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Holidays?

Apparently the new trend is 'worlidays', where we are on holiday but still working, thanks to our handheld devices and dongles.

I think this is a terrible idea, but if the world financial system starts to collapse and your city goes up in flames while you on holiday, what are you supposed to do?

Monday, August 8, 2011

London burning

Depressing, but depressingly predictable. Perhaps the saddest thing is to see that rioting seems to be rather more about looting than protest. But I guess it's hard to separate out the two.

Still, it's disconcerting to see how quickly the police can lose control of the capital. And the power vacuum at the top of the Met resulting from the Murdoch business can't be helping. This government is starting to look seriously out of its depth.