Usually related to education, philosophy or society, I write these to give form to some of things I grapple with. If they can spur on debate and reflection so much the better.


Hommage to Catalunya

"The referendum is a matter for the Spanish government and people. We want to see Spanish law and the Spanish constitution respected and the rule of law upheld. Spain is a close ally and a good friend, whose strength and unity matters to us." Such was the first official announcement made by Britain's Foreign Office concerning the events in Catalunya this afternoon. Amazing how the statement simultaneously achieves an air of unbiasedness while siding with the Spanish government over the Catalan. Britain's carefully worded statement has already served as an exemplar other nations have chosen to follow, for good reason. In political terms, it's a much safer bet than to go the way Belgium's PM (

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