Economics for the election

April 15th, 2015

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If your head swims every time the word deficit or debt is mentioned you may like to follow Another Angry Voice and Ha-Joon Chang, the Cambridge economist who is able to put complex economic matters over in terms the layman like me can understand.

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Tax the rich: an animated fairy tale

A while back when I was still on Twitter (yes I know) I came across this animated video about unrestrained neo-liberalism.  Despite retweeting it at the time it didn’t take off. I was surprised because to me it is an accurate graphic representation of what is and has been happening to our society in the UK since 1979.

It ties in with an analysis I did a while back of a Stuart Hall paper where he examines what will happen if neo-liberalism is allowed to continue to dictate policy in public life.

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UPDATE: For audio click photos:-

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Royal Academy Podcasts

March 22nd, 2014

The Architects Who Made London with Maxwell Hutchinson:

Series 1


Inigo Jones

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This list prompted by Tom Dyckhoff @tomdyckhoff on Twitter

1) I wish every architectural and political campaigning organisation would find £50 to buy one of these and use it.


2) Royal Academy podcasts, some but not all -> RA-Architecture

3) History Spot, these are good ->

4) World Service Archive -> Housing podcast list

5) Politics of Architecture -> Jonathan Glancey

UPDATE: See this page for the programmes -> Programmes

The Architects Who Made London with Maxwell Hutchinson: Series 1

Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Adam, John Nash, Sir Charles Barry RA, Sir George Gilbert Scott RA

Architects who made London with Maxwell Hutchinson – Series One

Architects who made London – with Maxwell Hutchinson – Series One

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This thing arrived in my inbox unbidden and at first looked like just another commercial student accommodation block until I looked a bit closer and realised that this is being marketed in Singapore.

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Cameron on housing

October 6th, 2011

Here are a few links I gathered together last year on Cameron’s attitude to housing.  I’m loath to delete them so here they are (again) as a reference point of 2010 in politics and the Tory approach to those in need of a roof over their heads. It seems quite apt to post them again given that the Tory conference 2011 has just finished and the only thing we’ve heard is the utter stupidity of widen right to buy.

Johann Hari: Welcome to Cameron land [5th May 2010] (yes I know, but it’s still a good article)

David Cameron announces plan to end lifetime council tenancies [3rd August 2010]

London housing crisis: the roots of David Cameron’s council tenancy debate [5th August 2010]

Any Questions discussion about the Cameron comments [6th August 2010]

BBC Any Questions clip on council housing – YouTube

Any Answers  discussion about the Cameron comments [7th August 2010]

BBC Any Answers clip on council housing – YouTube

David Cameron’s council housing plans opposed by majority of Lib Dem MPs [8th August 2010]

A Golden age

October 2nd, 2011

That brief period between 1917 and 1979, when British wealth, trembling in fear of revolution, ceded some power, opportunity and money to the working classes is over. There is now no politics to express or admit the enormity of what has happened since the 1980s – how wealth and human respect drained from the bottom to enrich and glorify the top.

Hackney Archive – check for CEI

September 21st, 2011

Dear Mr *******

Thank you for your enquiry. We do have some printed material on the
Comprehensive Estates Initiative, such as a 1999 pamphlet entitled
‘Holly street estate: blueprint for success’ and ‘Comprehensive estates
initiative: progress report 1995’; we also possess a video on the CEI.
However, this material will be inaccessible until we complete our move.
We anticipate opening at our new premises in Dalston later in the year.
A date for reopening has not yet been set, but when one is it will be
advertised on our website, which would be the best place to gain

Best wishes

Ed Lyon
Archive Assistant

Hackney Archives Department
43 De Beauvoir Road
London N1 5SQ