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Whose suffering matters to Rishi Sunak? Reduced foreign aid in a pandemic era

Whose suffering matters to Rishi Sunak? Reduced foreign aid in a pandemic era

A billion-pound cut from the UK’s international development budget in his new spending review, reducing aid down from 0.7% to 0.5% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of the COVID pandemic is both short-sighted and ill-advised. More…
It was the worst of times, it was the BeSST of times

It was the worst of times, it was the BeSST of times

The stirring of medical students’ sociological imagination in 2020 Teaching sociology to medical students is challenging in the best of times. Marked by the global pandemic, last year was certainly the worst of times. Yet, as members of Behavioural and... More…
Tiers of a clown…

Tiers of a clown…

This week I’ve been trying to make sense of the supposed Tory party backbench revolt on the new three-tier system introduced in England after lockdown two. Reports tell us that 55 Tory MPs voted against the government and a further... More…
Antibiotics: Handle with Care

Antibiotics: Handle with Care

At around 7 o’clock on Friday last week, the third day of World Anti-Microbial Awareness Week, I went downstairs and put a tray of oil in the oven to heat up while I showered, ready for the chips I planned... More…
Laurel and Hardy vs the anti-vaxxers and vaccines

Laurel and Hardy vs the anti-vaxxers and vaccines

“People who spread myths about the harms of vaccines have ‘blood on their hands’”. These words came from the Health Secretary Matt Hancock little more than 18 months ago in an article in which he said that he refused to... More…
Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Libertarian and conservative commentators extol Sweden as an alternative model for dealing with the COVID pandemic that steers away from the lockdowns with which we are familiar in the United Kingdom and the United States.  Elon Musk and Toby Young,... More…
Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf people are not, by nature of their hearing impairment, at any increased risk from COVID than the general population.  However, the strategy developed and implemented by the government to control the spread of the virus disproportionately disadvantages D/deaf people.... More…
Intersectional Discrimination: COVID-19, Racism and Speciesism

Intersectional Discrimination: COVID-19, Racism and Speciesism

It is a common fact that the world has changed dramatically over the last few months due to the spread of COVID-19. On a global scale, people’s lives have been transformed, and economic systems have been under immense strain. With... More…
Support workers as invisible healthcare providers

Support workers as invisible healthcare providers

Book Review: Support Workers and the Health Professions an International Perspective, the invisible providers of healthcare Support workers are: ‘a worker who provides face-to-face care or support of a personal or confidential nature to patients and/or service users in clinical... More…
Undermining public law is no way to protect public health

Undermining public law is no way to protect public health

Safeguards on everything from procurement to notifiable diseases, health inspections to freedom of information, are being suspended at a time when accountability is more important than ever. The long dark shadow cast by Coronavirus has provided cover for the demise... More…
Critique, culture and crisis

Critique, culture and crisis

Who needs critical social science in a crisis?  For those working overtime to save lives and keep society going in extremis, critical scrutiny and debate appear as unhelpful carping from the sidelines. This was implied recently by one leading researcher,... More…
Who Killed my Father

Who Killed my Father - Review

A pointed reflection on class injustice and toxic masculinity from the young French author of ‘The End of Eddy’ It is more common for novels and memoirs (of which this book is both) to be more interested in psychological than... More…