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Boris and the new politically-correct liberalism

David Boyle / August 15, 2018 at 9:28 AM 89 views

This post was first published on the Radix blog...Heaven knows, I am no supporter of Boris Johnson, but I wonder whether there may be issues – perhaps of less symbolic value – but of more importance than what he meant,…

The degradation of UK public services

David Boyle / August 7, 2018 at 6:15 PM 89 views

A version of this blog first appeared on the New Weather blog:Yes, it is hot. The heat has also added a layer of what I can only describe as degradation to our public services.But before I describe it, I don't…

The old order is crumbling – what comes next?

David Boyle / July 31, 2018 at 8:30 PM 77 views

This post first appeared on the Radix website...I went to the Social Liberal Forum conference last weekend and found it completely transformed – no more endless whingeing but real debate about big ideas for the future. They really had made…

The collapse of party government

David Boyle / July 29, 2018 at 12:57 PM 60 views

Apologies for such a long gap, spent getting my head around the privacy business of GDPR. This post first appeared on the Radix website...It has been de rigueur in certain middle class circles to complain about the baleful effect of political…

The problem with imperialist public services

David Boyle / February 27, 2018 at 4:41 PM 68 views

This post first appeared on the Radix blog...I haven’t ever given a lecture to nursing students before, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so last week. but it was also a bit of an eye-opener. I know the NHS is formally committed…

Can you ever use slavery as an analogy?

David Boyle / February 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM 218 views

Being beaten up on twitter concentrates the mind wonderfully and, although I wasn't badly beaten, I have been thinking about what I clearly did wrong.I knowingly, wilfully and with aforethought, compared my two journeys to London and back with Southern…

J’accuse Chris Grayling and Andrew Allner

David Boyle / December 8, 2016 at 10:05 PM 553 views

The Brighton Belle was famous for its kippers. Laurence Olivier would take a leisurely breakfast back to his home in Ashurst in Sussex on the train after a West End triumph, reading the theatre reviews. The train began life in…

The first divorce because of the rail scandal?

David Boyle / November 28, 2016 at 10:46 PM 441 views

It is almost exactly six months since I had a conversation with a member of Southern Rail's staff on a station near where I live, and it set me off blogging about the mystery of what exactly was going on…

Why I’m not wearing a poppy this year

David Boyle / November 7, 2016 at 10:09 AM 533 views

The extraordinary furore about whether or not wearing a poppy is political, brought to us thanks to Fifa, sort of obscures the main issue for me about poppy-wearing in general - that it has become, this year at least, a…

The lessons of 1066 for Brexit

David Boyle / October 17, 2016 at 8:38 AM 812 views

I spent yesterday watching the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings, 48 hours beyond its 950th anniversary, in the grounds of Battle Abbey, and an extraordinary event it was. I was there partly to take my children and partly to…

Monopolies and fierce Liberalism

David Boyle / October 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM 808 views

I wrote an article in the Guardian today defending Liberalism from the otherwise invariably correct Martin Kettle, and trying to distinguish it from neoliberalism.I made the mistake of reading about 200 comments below the line afterwards, which is always a…

Govia: a dead man walking

David Boyle / September 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM 478 views

I write this blog about all manner of things, and especially - this is rather the purpose of it - about my books. But there is no doubt, it just electrifies when I write about Southern Railways. I try and…

Commuters’ lives matter

David Boyle / September 26, 2016 at 8:52 AM 971 views

I realise I risk ridicule, or worse, by using a headline like this one to describe the ongoing unravelling of Southern Rail and the other GTR rail franchises.It isn't as if GTR are killing commuters, though they may have been…

The critical importance of Doing Things

David Boyle / September 19, 2016 at 8:29 AM 332 views

You have to read between the lines about this, but it appears that Theresa May’s objection to George Osborne, who she sacked as Chancellor, was partly that she felt he and his Etonian colleagues treated politics too like a game…

At last, a way for passengers to take back control!

David Boyle / September 5, 2016 at 8:19 AM 604 views

"Men fight and lose the battle," said William Morris in A Dream of John Ball, "and what they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat."That is the grammar of change (though most politicians don't get it). So instead…

How to settle the Southern strike..

David Boyle / August 12, 2016 at 7:55 AM 561 views

Twice in the last year or so, I’ve found myself having to intervene on the platforms of the London Underground to rescue older people from closing doors which were crushing them. On the second occasion, I was also shouted at…