Is Patriotism Labour’s Secret Weapon?

6 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Writing in today’s Observer newspaper, Will Hutton considers what the challenges are likely to be in a post-Brexit Britain. Top of his list is the breakup of the United Kingdom with another vote on Scottish independence looking entirely likely. Scotland seems on course to vote for its independence as a nation and secede from the […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 015 – Random Music Mix

5 September 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreOnce again I’ve been compiling random tracks into a playlist as I’ve been working and travelling about. I’ve put them into a mix, and the tracks listed here are not in order. Yodh Song – Limousine   […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 014 – Something To Do When Its Raining

28 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreHere’s the tracklisting for this podcast. I’ve been stuck in as it’s been raining for the last couple of days. I’ll go for a walk at some point tomorrow and listen back to these tracks, and […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 013 – Wandering Around Leicester Music Mix

25 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI’ve been wandering around Leicester, as usual. There’s a feeling that we are at the end of summer and the weather is starting to turn towards autumn. So it’s time to make the most of the […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 012 – Music Mix

21 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI’ve strung together another mix, with some random tracks that came up on my playlist today… Dumb Waiters (Remastered) – The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk Soft Dog – Peter Gabriel – Flotsam and Jetsam […]

Security, Security, Security – Policy Themes for Labour

20 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

The first duty of any government is to keep its citizens safe and secure. This means protecting people from both external threats and from internal threats. It requires a basic level of governmental competence to ensure that the way of life that people take for granted is unhindered, unencumbered and uninterrupted. It is not the […]

Rob Watson Media Blog – The Quiet Revolution?

17 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

As I’ve been flicking through my Twitter feed over the last few weeks, I’ve seen a steady flow of posts pointing towards discussions in which people, usually in think-tanks, claim to know what they want to see changed as we get used to the new normal that is being wrought by the pandemic. It appears […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 011 – Live Music Mix

16 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreAs it’s been a while since I’ve seen a live band, I’ve put together a mix of different concerts that I’ve been listening to over the last few weeks. It feels a bit like I’m making […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 010 – Unfocussed Mix

14 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreThis is something different than I’ve done in a while. I’ve put together a mix of poems and tracks from different genres that I’ve been randomly skipping through as I’ve been searching for things to focus […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 009 – Mix for Post-Lockdown

12 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI’ve been listening to some playlists while I’ve been reading and sitting in the sun over the last couple of days. I’ve put together a mix of some tracks that have caught my attention, and some […]

Distraction Therapy Podcast 008 – John Coster

12 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreIt might be a combination of the heat and the lockdown, but getting my brain working and focussed seems to take more effort as the pandemic continues. Trying to make sense of this I met for […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 008 – Coming Out of Lockdown

11 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI’ve put together another podcast with some music tracks that I’ve been listening to as I’ve been wandering around Leicester. Wallace – Hanz Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch – Bladerunner2049 Soundtrack Circles – Moon Duo – Circles […]

Rob Watson Media Podcast 007 – Watching the Wheels Go Around

1 August 2020 Rob Watson 0

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Android | TuneIn | RSS | MoreI’ve been intending to put together a music compilation for ages, and now that we are heading out of lockdown here in Leicester I’m wandering about more, and listening to music as I walk around. I’ve […]

Adapting to Life in the New Normal

1 August 2020 Rob Watson 2

Finally, we have a hot day here in Leicester, though this isn’t the start of a prolonged period of warm weather. Unlike on the continent, the British Isles is more likely to be affected by North Westerly weather from the Atlantic, that brings rain and cloud. The effect is that July has been somewhat depressing […]

Tory Bungs Are No Answer to Economic Necessity

10 July 2020 Rob Watson 0

The Tories are up to their old tricks again. This week’s budget from Chancellor Rishi Sunak supposedly offers the country a route out of the pandemic lockdown. But if the gimmicks are pushed aside, we can see that the budget embeds inequality, side-lines the most deprived, and reinforces the status of people who already have […]