George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life
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Reducing the price of beer. Should taxation be used to change social attitudes?

Yesterday, the Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, presented the budget for 2014. The big mantra was “hardworking people”—the state aims to protect and promote the interests of the “makers, doers and savers”. One of the measures he announced was that the beer duty will be lowered by 1p per pint. Admittedly this cut will not have a tremendous impact on most people—you need to drink 100 pints to save £1—but it is important for what it represents. Decreasing the tax on booze in a country that clearly has a problem with alcohol does not seem like a good idea; it doesn’t send a good message. Whilst in the past thirty years the overall alcohol consumption in OECD countries fell by 9%, the UK saw an increase of 9%. So I posted the following on twitter: “Call me weird but it seems a terrible...

LSE Politics and Policy: Online Public Spaces and Google Reader

This post was published in LSE’s Politics and Policy Blog, under the title There is tremendous value in maintaining online public spaces. This is the first of a three-post series. Read the second post titled Online Public Spaces and Access: policies your MPs can promote and the third titled Online Public Spaces, Longevity and Portability of Data: policies your MPs can promote.

By allowing interaction between people of diverse backgrounds and class, online social tools have come as close as possible to overcoming the structural limitations of physical spaces and are central ingredients of a deliberative democratic state. For this reason, George Iordanou argues that online public spaces should receive no less scrutiny or be subject to no less regulation than physical public spaces.

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