James Watson

The ghosts of ministerial past

In November 2023, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appointed former Prime Minister David Cameron to the position of Foreign Secretary in his cabinet and recommended him for a life peerage. In his statement on the appointment, Lord Cameron spoke on helping Sunak: “Deliver the security and prosperity our country needs.” Cameron...
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Posted Jun. 24, 2024

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: A Review

George Saunders is a writer, journalist, and faculty member at Syracuse University in the state of New York. As Saunders frequently asserts himself, a good book is as much about the writer as the content of their work. This is what makes A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,...
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Posted May. 21, 2024

Self-help books – how useful are they actually?

The opening page of James Clear’s bestseller Atomic Habits holds synoptic definitions of the two words in its title: atomic as “an extremely small amount of a thing” and habit as “a routine performed regularly”. Clear’s book is the latest in a swathe of self-help books which, at their core,...
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Posted Apr. 18, 2024