Sunday, July 26, 2015

Why Jeremy Corbyn is the right man for Labour

If in the UK, you can listen to an interview with me on Jeremy's candidacy on BBC Radio Tees here.
Discussion starts c9 minutes- (after the Bee Gees).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

No beach is complete without a good book

My new piece from The Daily Express on the joys of holiday reading.

While the sun, sea and sand (and something else beginning with “s” which I probably can’t mention) are all important there’s another essential ingredient for a good vacation: having plenty of reading material, in addition to the Daily Express of course.
For me a holiday without books wouldn’t be much of a lark at all. I can put up with overcooked vegetables at the hotel, or some unseasonal weather....

You can read the whole piece here.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Intelligent Punter's Guide to the 2015 British Open Golf

 Anyone for golf?
My latest IP Guide from The Week.

The third golfing major of the year - the British Open, aka The Open - teed off at the Old Course, St Andrews this morning. With last year's winner Rory McIlroy missing the event due to injury, media attention is on the new wonder boy of world golf, the 21-year-old Texan Justin Spieth, who has won the first two majors of the year. Can he lift the Claret Jug and make it three out of three?
Before placing your bets, there are five key factors to bear in mind if we want to beat the bookies.

You can read the whole piece here.

Alexis Tsipras: Latest so-called 'Leftist' to sell-out to the bankers

Here's my new OpEdge piece for on Tsipras' truly epic betrayal of the people who voted for him.

The only surprising thing about Alexis Tsipras' capitulation to the troika is that anyone should be surprised by it.
For the so-called 'radical leftist' from Greece is only the latest in a long line of ‘radicals’ and 'leftists' to betray the people who had voted for them and cave into the demands of imperialist international finance capital....

You can read the whole piece here.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Srebrenica's legacy should be one of peace, not war

My new piece for OpEdge.

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. Around 8,000 men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the worst single massacre in the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia deemed the massacre genocide, a finding upheld by the International Court of Justice. But have the right lessons been learnt from this appalling tragedy? 

You can read the whole article here.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Greece- is it all in the game theory?

My new piece for OpEdge.

Game theory has been described (in Viotti and Kauppi’s “International Relations Theory”) as “a decision-making approach based on the assumption of actor rationality in a situation of competition.”
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is an expert on game theory - he has studied it, taught it at universities, and written extensively about it. (He's probably also got a T-shirt with “game theory” emblazoned on it.)
Therefore it’s been no surprise to see a plethora of articles in recent weeks and months questioning the part that game theory has played in Greece’s dealings with the Troika.

You can read the whole piece here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Patrick Macnee, The Avengers and a lament for a lost Britain

My new piece for OpEdge.

The actor Patrick Macnee, the star of the cult 1960s British adventure series The Avengers, who died last week aged 93, has been widely mourned.
Co-stars and fans paid generous tributes. There was a widespread feeling of sadness - not just because we had lost a fine actor and a very nice man, but also, I believe because of nostalgia for one of the greatest and most inventive television programs of all time- and the era in which it was made. When we mourn Patrick Macnee we are also mourning a more colorful, eccentric and laid-back Britain which sadly no longer exists. The Avengers was a product of a confident, but not aggressive country - the Britain of Harold MacMillan, Harold Wilson and detente- the Britain before Rupert Murdoch came to the country and before the neocon/neoliberal takeover of power which made our politics and our public life much uglier....

You can read the whole piece here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Intelligent Punter's Guide to Wimbledon 2015

My latest IP Guide from The Week.

Anyone for tennis bets?  Wimbledon starts today, and offers plenty of opportunities to serve up an ace and beat the bookies - provided the intelligent punter does their homework and bears in mind some key statistics.
Let's take the men's tournament first. While 128 players will compete for the title, only a small handful can entertain realistic hopes of winning the tournament, or even making it to the final....

You can read the whole Guide here.