My Obsession with Grant Shapps

Jan 31

I suppose it’s a bit odd to admit to a growing preoccupation with a Tory minister. But the unavoidable truth is this: I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with Grant Shapps MP. Our current generation of front bench politicians are largely sensible, sober, and utterly downcast men and women. On a media day they drone out their...

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Response to the Haringey Community & Police Consultative Group

Jan 29

Haringey’s CPCG asked for feedback from people who’d attended its meetings on what the police can do to build bridges with the community. I’d been to the meetings in a reporting capacity, not because I’m a local – so I probably ¬†should have kept my trap shut – but anyway…. Dear ______, My thoughts...

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We need to talk about crime

Jan 29

In 2008 I finished a book about street gangs, called¬†One Blood. I’d spent the best part of two years trudging around the country, interviewing people in gangs, council officals, voluntary sector workers, housing officers, teachers and the like. Not surprisingly, the best insights came from off-record interviews with policemen. One...

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Link me up 6

Jan 10

I’ve not even looked at half of these myself yet, so don’t blame me if they’re crap. In Search of Serendipity. The language of stamps. Mark Twain’s literary offences. Sneaking into members’ clubs. So it turns out Labour got tax, not spending wrong. Raymond Chandler hating on Hitchcock. Long read on riots. Joe...

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