Civility vs conviviality: phone numbers, unmarked Christmas cards & Big Societies

Mumbai brings out the night owl in me. Of course my night owl might not resemble yours, or most people's for that matter. I do an uncanny impression of a baby sloth during most times of the day and in most conditions, but in Mumbai I regularly managed the near impossible task of staying awake … Continue reading Civility vs conviviality: phone numbers, unmarked Christmas cards & Big Societies

David Cameron’s postsecular Big Society

I didn't get wind of David Cameron's annual assault on diversity until early this afternoon. Last year it was multiculturalism. This year it's secularism. As with last year's speech on multiculturalism this was  strident, unapologetic and unerringly blunt.  It strikes me, though, that it actually makes life harder for a government that is actively seeking to … Continue reading David Cameron’s postsecular Big Society