And here's one he made earlier

So former Blue Peter presenter John Leslie walks free. But amid the flurry of Christine Hamilton soundbites, Ulrika hate pieces and close-up images of Leslie's busty blonde girlfriend, the most refreshing commentry comes from none other than the unlikely source of the Sun. Oh yes, Sun Woman editor, Sharon Hendry, pens an opinion piece today that sounds over the self-righteousness of Leslie's lawyers and the calls for media anonymity like a ringing bell. Her argument involves pointing ...

Posted by on 01 Aug 2003
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G and T with Patrick

Melissa and Nic went to meet the bastion of English astronomy on Tuesday, Sir Patrick Moore. This man is a legend. After leaving Eton at 16, he was a fighter pilot in the war before becoming the most famous "amateur" astronomer of the century. His maps of the moon were used by NASA and the Russians during the Space Race and an uninterrupted 45 years of his BBC The Sky at Night programme makes it the longest-running TV programme in history. An asteroid has been named after him and hi...

Posted by Paul Miller on 31 Jul 2003
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co-production

Co-production is the idea that public goods and services are best understood not as being 'produced' by the state on behalf of citizens or consumers, but rather 'co-produced' by citizens and the state working in partnership, because the consent and participation of citizens is so crucial to the quality of the goods and services they receive. But although it's become very fashionable in UK policy circles over the last few years it actually has a much longer history, par...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 30 Jul 2003
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Gambling on terrorism

One of the most bizarre news items I've ever read: apparently, the CIA have decided to open an online betting pool on major international events - such as terrorist attacks, coups and invasions.The idea is that the market will work its magic, to predict the future course of world events far better than the CIA. You might say, though, that this is more of a comment on America's intelligence services than on the market itself...Brilliantly unconventional lateral thinking, or just a neo-...

Posted by on 29 Jul 2003
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Young Man, there's no need to feel down

It'll be enrollment time in September 2003 for the world's very first Gay School, which means bracing yourselves for endless un-pc editorials about hairdressing classes, disco-dancing tutorials and exams on the life and works of Judy Garland. The public secondary, called Harvey Milk High, is located in Greenwich Village in New York and will open its doors to 100 gay, lesbian and transgender students this autumn. According to its supporters, the rationale behind this endeavour seems to...

Posted by on 29 Jul 2003
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"I'll be back" - but will he?

Anyone who believes in politics must be sorely disappointed to hear that Arnold Schwarzeneggar is unlikely to be a "running man" in the California gubernatorial election triggered by the "total recall" of the incumbent Gray Davis. But whilst Californians may feel they've got a bit of a "raw deal" out of this costly process if it fails to deliver a Schwarzy candidacy, they must surely take some comfort from the fact that Steven Seagal has not yet thrown his ha...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 29 Jul 2003
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Where to WiFi?

Following G2's lead working from Brighton beach, Demos are up for a day working away from the office (well I am anyway). All we need is a free WiFi network to tap into and some beautiful surroundings. So, where should we head to find the best hotspot in the land?

Posted by Paul Miller on 25 Jul 2003
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A mercenary business

The FT has an interesting story about the company who've offered to go in and keep peace in Liberia instead of the US having to commit troops.They also do a line in tricky arrests: "In June the company offered to provide the UN-backed court with a "special constabulary force" of some 60 armed men that would arrest Mr Taylor and bring him to trial at a cost of around $4m."Read the full story here.

Posted by Paul Miller on 24 Jul 2003
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THINK TANKS THINK AGAIN

The following rather entertaining piece is in August's edition of Prospect:"It's summer musical chairs for London's think tanks. Sunder Katwala replaces Michael Jacobs after a farcical selection procedure. Money is a problem there because of the Fabians' direct Labour links and new corporate rules on declaration. The Foreign Policy Centre is also struggling financially. And now Ed Mayo has left the New Economics Foundation for the National Consumer Council. There are fear...

Posted by on 24 Jul 2003
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Future bodies

Sculpturing the body is the ultimate, if ephemeral, empowerment. From the lure of Atkins to Jade, botox to the designer-vagina, the possiblity of restructuring the body as a product is big business. Performance artist Stelarc, who aims to make his body architecture more machinelike so that he will eventually to able to walk in space without a spacesuit, takes our obsession with bodyworks one step further. Heralding the death of the corporal as we know it, man truly meets machine in Stelarc...

Posted by on 23 Jul 2003
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