Sunday, April 19, 2009

A degree in spin

A degree in spin: PM's sacked adviser's Cambridge theory of how to use rumours and riots

The Mail on Sunday article argues that Gordon Brown's disastrous adviser, Damian McBride, revealed something about himself in his M.Phil. thesis, which argued that

* The American race riots in the Sixties showed that violence is needed to bring political change.
* The rumour mill is a good way to spark riots.
* And in academic language he even appeared to suggest that riots increase the amount of sexual activity and drug-taking.

Hmmm. I don't think it's really that easy to draw links between what you write academically and live in real life.

I wrote my Ph.d. dissertation (i.e. "thesis" in Brit speak)about sanctity and gender among Byzantine saints. I, for instance, have never really attempted to be a Byzantine Virgin.

Oh, and Christos Anesti to Orthodox readers.

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