Matt Dorey

A bird is sitting on the grass with a kite

Some Thoughts on the Olympics

A group of Team GB athletes posing for a picture on their return from the 2016 Olympics

Some thoughts to temper any jingoism arising from Great Britain’s performance at the Olympics.

In The Space Between This And That

Britain voted to leave the EU this week. It made for an angry and confused Friday morning. I posted snippy comments on Facebook at a rate of about one every fifteen minutes. I also knew that there was nothing I could do. Even when you feel like Charlton Heston at the end of "Planet of […]

How Dare He?

David Cameron’s speech to the Tory party conference just left me thinking “how dare he?” over and over again.

Some Thoughts on Rent Control

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Could rent controls make a difference to the housing market?

Gods of Metal

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A short review of the Penguin Special “Gods of Metal” by Eric Schlosser.

Let’s Talk About Encryption

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Some thoughts on whether banning chat apps with end-to-end encryption is a good idea or not. (Spoiler: No it isn’t a good idea.)

Jim’s Conservatory

Another political analogy… sorry!

Like a Rhino Voting for Poaching

A political analogy about rhinos that came tumbling out of my head.

On Trident

With the final vote on Trident replacement due in 2016, at an estimated cost of £100bn, this is the final election before the decision – and it is one which requires a higher level of debate than the Tories’ name-calling. While the Tories are happy to indulge in cheap personal attacks, they’re running scared from […]

On Grey and Blue

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More people avoid tax than you might think, but some tax avoidance is still worse than others. (All views are personal etc etc)

On Voting

A short post about the benefit and necessity of voting. Written in response to Facebook promoting UK voting registration.

My Amazing Subversive Revolutionary Adolescence

Cover of Live 93 by The Orb rendered in a subversive fashion

The Orb’s “Live ’93” album is one of the artefacts that made me aware of the life of the mind.

The War That Didn’t Start A Hundred Years Ago Today

A hundred years ago today, a Serbian man named Gavrilo Princip shot and killed the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. This event is largely held to have precipitated the first world war, then known as The Great War because it ended the “Great Peace” that existed in Europe for the early part […]

Should I Drop Dropbox?

The reasons why I am reconsidering using Dropbox to sync my files and what the alternatives might be.

More Rhetoric, Less Fishcakes

You’re not thinking at all most of the time, just going with your gut.

This Summer At The Olympics

Just some thoughts on the games before I get caught up in it and become a self-appointed expert on the hammer.

Jubilee You Say?

Nice barge ma’am, but I’m not that much of a royalist.


This is where I stand.

On Red And Blue

If you rush to change you have to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. There is the risk that in wishing to appear different you abandon your core principles. This can work against you if you alienate those that love you or take to it without the certainty of your true convictions.

“Walk to work” week

This week has been walk to work week. Here are some observations from my daily commute by foot.