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After the Pandemic: what’s next?

After the Pandemic: what’s next?

What happens next, once the COVID-19 pandemic is over? All pandemics subside at some point.  Either the virus mutates into a less harmful form, or mass vaccination raises overall immunity and so on.  They do come to an end.  But... More…
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What we have seen Seen in a men’s pub toilet.  An intriguing admonition to “use responsibly”.  Also claims that it contains ‘human pheromones’ – isn’t that just sweat? Are they selling sachets of sweat to men for £2? Colchester Stadium... More…
Long COVID - New money for old rope or learning from the past?

Long COVID

We may not yet understand much about the causes and implications of the collection of symptoms occurring post COVID-19 infection that has been labelled Long COVID. But we already understand far more than we think we do about the experiences... More…
Pile the bodies high: a policy led by science or led by donkeys?

Pile the bodies high

The UK government always claimed their response to COVID-19 was “led by science”. As both government and the science community descend into a quagmire of public spats, what can we learn about the dangers of coupling politics with science? The... More…
Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s... More…
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What we Have Seen Lockdown having an interesting impact on one of our editors and companion animal New regulations from the public health agency of Sweden – a maximum of one person per table in food courts Covid-19 info in ten... More…
How to Manage Structural Racism and Inequality

How to manage structural racism and inequality

Lessons in Political Manoeuvring and How to Avoid Taking Action The highly anticipated report of the Commission on race and ethnic disparities (CRED) has concluded, to much furore, that modern Britain does not have a problem with structural racism. Indeed... More…
Race commission report: the rights and wrongs

Race commission report: the rights and wrongs

Confusion and outrage greeted the UK government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report. As opponents grapple with some of the more alarming findings, such as its assertion that there is little evidence of institutional racism in the UK, critiques and... More…
Participatory Ideology: From exclusion to involvement

Participatory Ideology: From exclusion to involvement

This is not a trick question. What is the link between recruiting a photographer at significant taxpayers’ expense to take cuddly, self-glorifying photos of a pet dog and a high level of successful appeals without precedent by disabled people against... More…
How to Prevent Another COVID-19 Pandemic

How to Prevent Another COVID-19 Pandemic

The world is still trying to contain the spread of COVID-19. But world leaders must already come up with ways to prevent another pandemic. The novel coronavirus’s adverse impacts prove this need, having infected over 97 million people and resulting... More…
The Lockdown Anniversary Edition...

The Lockdown Anniversary Edition…

Anniversaries are dangerous moments. A year after the start of the first UK lockdown on March 23rd , many have noted an escalation of anxiety, as we reflect on the impact of individual griefs and ruptures to the social body.... More…
Sociology and COVID

Sociology and COVID

Sociology has multiple branches and agendas, and there is no gainsaying the need for cautious well-planned sociological research around the coronavirus pandemic (hereafter COVID). And such research takes time, almost as long sometimes as the commission that will doubtless be... More…