Blog

I blog on web development, politics, music and football, sometimes all at once. Enjoy.

Wednesday 9 November 2016

It’s President Trump, OMG

As I write this it’s not all over—at least that’s what the Clinton camp is saying. But, all bar the shouting, of course it is. Donald Trump will be the next president of the USA. Read more …

Saturday 29 October 2016

An introduction to Progressive Web Apps

The world of web development is currently getting very excited about something called the Progressive Web App (PWA). I recently attended the Render Front End Conference where it was the subject that dominated throughout. Bruce Lawson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at Opera, set the scene in the conference’s opening talk. Read more …

Friday 24 June 2016

How the EU Referendum was won

As dawn broke this morning, I’d had enough. The vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union had reached the point where the leave position was unassailable. The sight of Nigel Farage on television delivering a victory speech was the last straw. Read more …

Thursday 16 June 2016

The EU Referendum: why the “bosses’ club” argument fails

I have written previously on why the left are mistaken in their call to back a Leave vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. Read more …

Tuesday 14 June 2016

The EU Referendum: a left case to remain

We’re just over a week away from the referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union. I’ve been advocating a vote to remain throughout this time, in contrast to some left organisations (such as the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party) who are backing a Leave position. Read more …

Monday 21 September 2015

Why piggate is not funny

Oh what a laugh we all had. Read more …

Saturday 5 September 2015

Should the left be worried by Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy?

Much of the flak aimed at Jeremy Corbyn over the course of the Labour Party leadership campaign has been a predictable mix of right-wing alarmism fed by distorted media reports on what a Corbyn-led government might be like. Read more …

Sunday 30 August 2015

Jeremy Corbyn confuses the left

I wrote recently of how Jeremy Corbyn was setting alight the Labour Party leadership contest in a way that no-one—even himself—saw coming. Despite the direst warnings of the dinosaurs of New Labour, Corbyn’s popularity seems to be unstoppable. Read more …

Tuesday 25 August 2015

Ricoh Arena railway station: farce upon farce

Sometimes there’s a news story, perhaps insignificant in the global scheme of things, that just causes you to stop in your tracks and wonder. As I picked up the Coventry Telegraph this morning such a thing occurred. Read more …

Saturday 15 August 2015

Will Jeremy Corbyn make Blairism extinct?

Karl Marx once wrote “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please”. Right now Jeremy Corbyn may have that in mind as he appears very much on the verge of making history in a way that no-one, least of all him, could have predicted. Read more …

Friday 19 December 2014

Russell Brand and the spoiled paella

Late last year I blogged about Russell Brand and his unlikely rise from comedian to campaigner, and noted how many leftish media types were tripping over themselves to dismiss him as a court jester out of his depth in the grown up world of real political debate. At the same time actual activists were generally pleased that someone with such a high profile, especially among young people, was using the platform provided by his celebrity status to steer people into a real engagement with political issues like poverty, inequality and the environment. Read more …

Thursday 4 December 2014

New porn restrictions should worry us all

New restrictions came into force at the beginning of this month on the freedom of UK-based producers of pornography to depict certain sex acts. Read more …

Friday 19 September 2014

Scotland votes, Cameron quivers

Scotland has voted against becoming an independent country. Read more …

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Spotify bites back

Spotify has attempted to hit back at its critics today with the launch of its Spotify Artists website. In announcing this the music streaming company also came clean on what it pays to artists whose work is accessed from their service. Read more …

Sunday 24 November 2013

Ed Miliband spins his Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs, that much-loved Sunday morning British staple, this morning featured Ed Miliband as guest. Read more …

Thursday 7 November 2013

Russell Brand on revolution

Russell Brand—someone of whose work I am only dimly aware—has become the new spokesperson for a generation. Most of us have known him hitherto primarily as a comedian and latterly a film actor but after editing an issue of the New Statesman and appearing on Newsnight to big it up we need to see him in a different light. Read more …

Saturday 2 November 2013

A response to Supporters Direct

The piece below is a response to Supporters Direct in an attempt to clarify what I believe to be some inaccuracies in their account of the current unholy mess that is Coventry City Football Club. As such it should be read alongside that account which can be found here. Read more …

Sunday 8 September 2013

Reflections on the Sixfields boycott

Well here we are: half-a-dozen games into a new season for the Sky Blues and we have a team that is serving up entertaining games of football week in week out and scoring goals for fun. If you’re a Coventry City fan what’s not to like? Read more …

Thursday 23 August 2012

The Assange debate leads down a blind alley

I’ve spent a fair bit of the last few days following the debate surrounding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as he remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Over that time I have become increasingly dismayed at the way this has proceeded, and in particular how the British left has been split down the middle over the issue. I have been angry too at how the level of debate has sunk so low. I find it hard to remember an issue that has proved so divisive, and that has driven journalists and writers whose work I otherwise respect to contribute such poor analysis and resort so easily to name-calling—and I’ve been around a bit. Read more …

Saturday 18 August 2012

The Responsive Manifesto

A spectre is haunting the world wide web—the spectre of Responsive Web Design. Well not quite perhaps, but it is now a little over two years since the term was coined by Ethan Marcotte in an article on the blog A List Apart. This article was later expanded into a book, published by A Book Apart in July last year, since when the idea has spread rapidly amongst designers and developers and I for one have become an enthusiast. Read more …

Sunday 26 February 2012

Why I won’t be buying The Sun on Sunday

From today a new title can be found on Britain’s news-racks. Called The Sun on Sunday it is, depending on your point of view, a Sunday version of Britain’s favourite daily or the now defunct News of the World under a different name. Featuring columnists as wide-ranging as Katie Price, Nancy Dell’Olio and Toby Young it’s clearly a mix of celebrity-obsessed trivia and right-wing tub-thumping. Even the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has signed up and his truly bizarre first column (reproduced on his own website) is as close as you’ll get to God himself giving the project the thumbs up. Read more …

Sunday 12 February 2012

Racism in football—how much has changed?

Two recent high-profile incidents in English football have raised the spectre once again of racism in the sport. One is the forthcoming trial of Chelsea’s John Terry on charges of racially abusing an opponent. The other is the similar incident involving Luis Suárez and Patrice Evra of Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Read more …