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5 things about this week (15 Feb 2019)

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2019

So we’re heading for a no-deal Brexit. That, at any rate, is the mood music this week from well-informed observers like ITV’s Robert Peston and Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh. Waugh’s account is particularly eye-catching for its claim that Theresa May’s (…)

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5 things about this week (18 Aug 2018)

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2018

I came across the origin of the ‘disposition effect’ this week, via Matthew Syed’s Times column about financial trader-turned new Chelsea coach, Maurizio Sarri. The term was coined by a behavioural finance academic, Terrance Odean, who observed ‘the tendency of (…)

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5 things about this week (1 Jun 2018)

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2018

What I’ve been thinking… Has the centre of British politics really run out of ideas? It’s the kind of casual remark which will get wise politico heads nodding in agreement. But I’m not sure I go along with it. After (…)

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Tim Farron hasn’t put a foot wrong for the Lib Dems since 23 June

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2017

I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a while, but it was a flippant tweet from a Sun journalist which eventually provoked me into tweeting a pat on the back to Tim Farron, a party leader I think (…)

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Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ – sign the petition, write to your MP

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2017

I’ve spent the past 24 hours watching events unfold in the US, feeling angry, horrified – and helpless.  Two small (I’m well aware) practical things I’ve done are:  (1) sign that petition – it’s not really how I’d have worded it, but sometimes (…)

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Brexit: the problem with promising a second referendum

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2016

Embed from Getty Images I get why Tim Farron has promised the Lib Dems are committed to holding a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. There is a good principled reason for doing so. Regardless of (…)

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5 thoughts on that statue at Oriel #RhodesMustFall

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2016

‘Cecil Rhodes statue to be kept by Oxford University college’, the BBC notes. Here’s my hot take… 1. I’m glad I’m not working in the alumni office at Oriel College – having been an Oxford fundraiser for 13 years, I (…)

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Tim Farron’s Channel 4 interview: 2 quick thoughts

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2015

New Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was asked on tonight’s Channel 4 News whether he thought, as a Christian, that homosexuality is a sin. It’s not the car-crash some of his critics claim — but there’s no denying Tim squirms (…)

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Tim Farron’s Channel 4 interview: 2 quick thoughts

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2015

New Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was asked on tonight’s Channel 4 News whether he thought, as a Christian, that homosexuality is a sin. It’s not the car-crash some of his critics claim — but there’s no denying Tim squirms (…)

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Secret ballot? Whatevs.

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2015

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