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  • What happened when my blog post went viral

    I recently wrote a blog post - a letter to my heterosexual friends about Orlando - that went unintentionally viral. Here's the story behind that post.

  • To my heterosexual friends: this is why Orlando hurts

    Lots of you have been silent about events in Orlando this weekend. That's OK; maybe you were busy, life moves fast. But this one cuts a little deeper for your LGBT friends, like me, and you should know why.

  • A week abroad with Revolut

    I've been to Sweden recently, and I didn't take any cash with me. Instead, I took a Revolut card.

  • A year with Apple Watch

    Last year, I wrote about what it was like living with Apple Watch after 2 weeks. 12 months on, is it any use?

  • First listens of every Eurovision 2016 entry

    I've done the hard work to make your Eurovision experience simple once again this year. Here are my first impressions of this year's Eurovision Song Contest entries.

  • I couldn't be more happy being out where I work

    I've written a guest blogpost for LGBT History Month for the Civil Service Rainbow Alliance - the representative organisation of the 20,000 LGB* staff in the Civil Service.

  • Eurovision in graphs

    I've created a micro-site on Github Pages that maps some random Eurovision stats and the all important voting data. Check it out.

  • Text mining tweets from the 2015 BAFTAs

    I decided to do some content analysis of the 2015 BAFTA awards using live streaming data from Twitter. If you like graphs, you'll love this.

  • Your privacy is not the enemy

    Security agencies are pre-disposed to ignore our privacy. They’re using any tools and any data they can to create a culture of mistrust and fear. And ultimately, for what?

  • Is it time for All Under-25 Shortlists?

    In the 1992 General Election, the turnout of 18-25 year old voters was 60%. By 2010, this had dropped to 44%. What can be done to reverse that trend?

  • Card clash is a catastrophuck

    'Card Clash' has been driving me insane for months. It's a piece of marketing so pointless, it makes me furious every time I see it. So I decided to fix it.

  • Why content blocks on the Internet are bad

    Despite it’s inventor, Tim Berners-Lee’s proclamation that the World Wide Web was “for everyone”, many countries around the world are treating the Web and Internet in ways that make it less open and free, and more like an Orwellian dystopia.

  • Are we all expendable?

    It’s a simple fact that TfL no longer needs people to perform many of the basic services that customers on the tube network now require.

  • Why does central bank independence vary across countries and over time?

    This paper assesses the various theories explaining the growth of independent central banks (ICB) across the world and highlights factors that might explain variations in central bank independence (CBI) across polities and across time. I will argue that any account of variations in CBI must place heavy emphasis on the role of ideas and interests to provide complete accounts of CBI development.

  • What factors explain the decision to dissolve the Financial Services Authority?

    This piece explores the arguments used during two phases of regulatory reform of the financial services sector. I use content analysis of Parliamentary debates to understand the causes of these policy changes, arguing that the critical junctures thesis is inappropriate for explaining the policy change as it relies on the notion of policy failure. I conclude that partisan political pay-offs drove the case for reform, rather than pure policy failure.

  • Is speciesism as bad as racism?

    Do animals deserve equal rights to humans? Do they have a right to life, or do we simply have a duty to not do them harm?

  • How does the method of aggregating votes influence the outcome of elections?

    The reductive nature of electoral systems is actually not a problem in itself, but the question we should be asking is what type of government we wish to see; we should be aiming to minimize the gap between individual preferences and aggregate outcomes when designing and choosing electoral systems as the key implication for the validity and stability of democratic regimes of government.

  • Is equality intrinsically valuable?

    This piece will assess the worth of equality by looking at instrumental and non-instrumental versions of egalitarianism. It will argue that on the whole, egalitarian theory fails to defend equality in a way that separates it from other moral principles, and that the closest to a defence we can get is using the Original Position as an attempt to prove the intrinsic value of equality.

  • Does Hobbes’ employment of natural rights take him in an absolutist direction?

    In this piece, I assess the political thought of Thomas Hobbes, through analysis of his work, Leviathan. I explain his theory of human nature, leading to his views on the natural rights of mankind and ultimately, the link he creates between this and his view that absolutism, preferably centred in a monarchy, is the best form of government. I then analyse this reasoning, leading to a defence of his theory.

  • Are majoritarian or proportional electoral systems better?

    Electoral systems – the set of rules that regulate competition between parties and/or candidates during elections, that decide how vote shares map to seats in parliament and indeed, how the electorate express their preferences – have traditionally fallen into two categories; majoritarian – which include Single Member Plurality (or ‘First-Past-The-Post’), the Two-Round System and Alternative Vote – or proportional – like open or closed-list PR and the Single Transferable Vote.