Ideas Espresso

It’s Tuesday of the second week of term and, especially if you are a sixth former, you have already had a significant shot of ideas, mainly political ones, even setting on one side what has happened in your A Level classes.

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A masterly exploration of the origins and importance of Marxism last Friday in the assured hands of Tristram Hunt set minds whirring as  he deftly makes the connection between Marx (with his classy beard), Engels (penchant for lobster salad)  and many distinctively European ideas about social democracy and a degree of equality. Saturday brings 6.2 Oscar’s  “Philosophy of…” conference, with much exploration of the ideas behind ideas as various as feminism, chemistry, theatre and business. Looking ahead: on Wednesday night we debate the Scottish referendum, which will touch no doubt on differing views of social justice; on Friday night Damian Hinds, our local MP and chair of the Parliamentary cross- party committee on social mobility is talking about that subject. Given that, whatever the referendum result, the UK is going to be set on a different course come Friday and Scotland’s youth has had its own crash course in political engagement, this should be a timely event.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.