1. Have had a thing co-written with the blogger and ex-Labour PPC Will Parbury (the wonders of email attachments) up at the Good Society debate at the website of Social Europe Journal. It’s called “Time to Reboot Politics”  and discusses the present widespread disillusion with UK politics.  The whole site is worth a gander – it includes videos of the ponderings of Ken Livingstone and Jon Cruddas among others. Talking of Cruddas…

2. I’ve been asked to give Philosophy Football’s Xmas bash in conjunction with Compass a plug. It’s this Fri. Here are details:

Compass’s Christmas Party is dubbed ‘a seasonal night out of outrageous inspiration’, and co-organised with the self-styled sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction, Philosophy Football. 
Its a mix of ideas and entertainment for the perfect event to start the festive break. Friday 18 December featuring the lo-fi ukulele jazz of Tricity Vogue (see www.tricityvogue.com and one of the hits of the Edinburgh Festival Blow Up! The Credit Crunch Musical (see www.blowupthemusical.co.uk). With a German Oompah Band explaining the crisis of capitalism you just know you’re in for a night out with a difference. 
The evening opens with an eighties vs noughties poetry slam, 1980s cult leftie alt poet Andy P vs new generation spoken word from Kate Tempest (see www.myspace.com/katetempestwords). Plus photographic review of the year from Jess Hurd (see www.jesshurd.comJess Hurd, dancefloor fillers from Melstars: Music and in conversation John Harris, Helena Kennedy Jon Cruddas, Chuka Umunna and others. 
The party is at  The Offside Bar & Gallery, 271 City Road London EC1. Tickets with or without supper, Your ticket is a £5 voucher off any Philosophy Football shirt bought on the night so the entire evening costs not much more than three pounds!. 
But Book early! Philosophy Football events always sell out (no jokes please). Booking from http://www.philosophyfootball.com/view_item.php?pid=556  or call 020 8802 3499