Reece Goodall

What does it mean to be stateless?

The cases of the ISIS brides Shamima Begum (in the UK) and Hodia Muthana (in the US) and discussions about whether they should be allowed to return to their home countries or not have been hitting the headlines as of late. Respective government reactions (Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revoked...
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Posted Mar. 26, 2019

Corruption in Canada – the trouble with Trudeau

Finding corrupt politicians isn’t a particularly tricky challenge but, for so long, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was thought to be a different breed. Friendly, conscientious and liberal, Trudeau has long been heralded as an example of how to do politics conscientiously and positively. But now, times have changed, and Trudeau...
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Posted Mar. 14, 2019

Is TV exploiting academia?

TV used to be considered to be a tool to inform as well as entertain, although it appears to have shifted away from that mission in recent years. And even when it tries, it is a source of controversy – the Society of Authors (SoA) has seen a rise in complaints...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2019

Are morality systems making us immoral?

Morality systems in gaming are a huge trend at the moment – there’s something fundamentally fascinating about the ability to make a choice with far-reaching consequences, enabling you to explore what sort of person you are. But, on the whole, morality systems are poorly realised, and morality can come second...
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Posted Mar. 6, 2019

Endeavour – ‘Degüello’

It seems that no sooner has a new series of Endeavour begun than it’s already at its end, but what an end it is. ‘Degüello’ (a bugle call indicating that no quarter will be given, hinting at a big threat) is a very busy episode, that delivers on two series...
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Posted Mar. 6, 2019

Looking back on series eight of Death in Paradise

Critically-maligned but loved by audiences, Death in Paradise is a ray of sunshine in the January/February schedule. The show has just finished its eighth series, but what better time to look back at the run, its ups and downs, and ask where the show can go next? Some spoilers will...
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Posted Mar. 3, 2019

Endeavour – ‘Confection’

We’re nearing the finale of this sixth season of Endeavour, and it feels like we’ve covered a lot of ground in comparatively little time. ‘Confection’ is a good episode, offering a solid murder mystery (if not the show’s strongest), but it really succeeds in driving forward the emotional aspects of...
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Posted Feb. 26, 2019