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I find it really hard to believe that Leeds United FC can’t pay its wages, and hasn’t really been a viable business since 2001 or thereabouts, while Leeds RLFC remains a powerhouse club and one of the richest in Rugby League. Dave Hadfield called the chapter on Leeds in Up and Over “League in its…

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Music post, single-malt version. Really, isn’t this totally prefiguring all those fuzztone semi-R&B people who appeared over the last year or so? Just with Bootsy Collins and therefore more funk. Beats anything here. The video is ridiculous, but why didn’t this sell a ton just as daft party music? Also, rhyming “chaos” and “never was…

Read More Utterly self-indulgent Friday music post

Shorter me: economists should study business more, and in an ideal world, industrial sociology, before they try to do cognitive psychology Peter Dorman at Econospeak takes issue with a Robert Frank piece about workplace safety, which has all the whoopee doo Econ-101 problems you’d expect. I think, though, that there is a really big issue…

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David Goodhart responds to Jonathan Portes and it’s as bad as you might expect. To focus, remember he said 50% of schoolchildren in Bradford have special educational needs? Here’s the tape: Bradford has just opened two more schools for children with Special Educational Needs,’ he writes. ‘On some measures nearly half of all children in…

Read More The Bradford mutants strike back.

Jonathan Portes reviews David Goodhart. A sample: ‘Bradford has just opened two more schools for children with Special Educational Needs,’ he writes. ‘On some measures nearly half of all children in the area qualify for special help.’ No source. However, the Department for Education publishes the statistics, and it turns out that in Bradford, the…

Read More Goodhart: majority of Bradfordians are twisted mutants

I sometimes wonder how I got away with being a 1980s kid. Between the Ro-Ro ships sailing with their bow doors open, the football grounds burning down, the police-enabled disasters at them, the state-backed kiddy fiddlers, the beef that ate your brain, the Soviet nuclear rain, aircraft full of smoke on the runway at Manchester…

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Here’s some “why the Bradford West result means we should support my politics” that supports my politics: Next Generation Labour. Don’t take support for granted We have to realise that the wars still matter Mobilised youth are a polical force to be reckoned with Labour has to examine its relationships with Muslim communities Austerity needs…

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So, Bradford West. Chris Brooke already made the point that everyone and his dog has written a Why The Bradford West Result Means We Should Support My Politics. Meanwhile the jamiesphere is having some sort of left-of-the-left carnival of the marginally relevant, although to be honest that could be the banner over the entrance to…

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