Wolverhampton should be Pittsburgh, not Detroit

There was a well-written article by columnist Jenni Russell in The Times  Thursday, although I found it painful reading in places. It was responding to Prime Minister David Cameron’s conference speech on Wednesday. He spoke of a “land of opportunity”, which left Russell “incredulous”. “What was the connection between his splendid aims and people’s real lives?” she asked. “Inequality has …

A gold medal in cynicism

The talk in the office early this week was of the empty seats at the Olympics. I couldn’t resist responding with my usual cynicism regarding the media coverage of such events. That headline had been written long before the games started, I said. The media was simply waiting for the first few inevitable rows of unused IOC seats to pounce: …