My name is Phil Edwards and this is my weblog. (That’s what we used to call them, OK?)

Since February 2010, I’ve worked at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I’m a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. For the previous five years I did a variety of more or less precarious jobs at Manchester University, in the Criminology bit of the School of Law. Prior to that, I spent six full years of my life writing a doctoral thesis on Italian radical movements of the late 1970s and their relationship with the Italian Communist Party. I did a bunch of journalism in that time, including a stint working on Red Pepper.

If you want to contact me directly, mail me at phil dot edwards at gmail dot com. I’ve also got a LinkedIn profile which you can view here.

If you’re commenting (and please do), bear in mind that I like to know who I’m talking to; if I don’t know who you are, please give your full name or include a link to a page where this can be found. Anonymous or impenetrably pseudonymous comments may be deleted, unless they’re particularly interesting or I’m in a good mood. Beyond this (in the immortal words of Tom Coates) I reserve the right to remove comments for whatever vague capricious reasons seem reasonable at the time.

The URL and the original title (“The gaping silence”), which refers to a song called “At the end of the day” by the estimable Robert Lloyd:

Getting to grips with your own lower self
Is more comforting than being left on the shelf
The gaping silence never starts to amaze
Let’s eat some toast to those near better days…

The current title refers to Chris Wood’s song “Spitfires”; more on that here.

Incidentally, the press officer of the BNP is called Stuart Russell.



  1. Emilyn
    Posted 24 April 2008 at 12:45 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Phil,

    I am trying to locate the guy who has the Cisco logo tattoo and through googling, I found out that you might know the person.

    Is there any way that I can request for a photo of his tattoo? I am trying to put together a deck that has references to brand cults and apart from the Apple ones I found, I was hoping to get something else and the Cisco reference popped up as someone mentioned seeing it.

    Hope to hear from you!
    Thanks a million,

  2. Posted 24 April 2008 at 13:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Emilyn,

    Yes, I know the guy with the Cisco tat – but it might be easier to get in touch if you gave me an email address.

  3. Chris
    Posted 6 September 2008 at 04:12 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Phil,
    This might be off the subject, but on “Time Has Told Me” website, I saw your comments and was wondering: did you ever find a copy of Nic Jones’ album “The Devil….”? I think I have all his other albums but this one. “Noah’s Ark” is great. Thanks and cheers,
    Chris Cravens
    Texas, USA

  4. Posted 19 September 2009 at 13:33 | Permalink | Reply

    Phil, I have just read some of your stuff on chomsky and Jock young and I found all very interseting. Not sure how you got my NAPO identity but I think I will read more. I’m a frontline probation Officer angry at what’s happened in the criminal justise system over the last 15 years.

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