Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tony Blair does his bit for the unemployed

Readers of Histomat currently out of work might be interested in the following 'job' I came across recently:

Senior Research Analyst
Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Location: London

Report to: Director of Projects and Corporate Operations

Start: Immediate start

Application Close Date: Friday 10th February

About the role

The faithandglobalisation.org site will be a factual and analytical tool designed to inform users about the role of religion in the world. It will be a pioneering online database of key facts about religion and globalisation, using mapping based technology to bring the data alive from a range of authoritative resources. This combined data will be brought to life through cutting edge research, analysis, debate and daily news updates. We will engage some of the world's foremost thinkers to lead the debate on how faith interacts with globalisation.

The 'main duties' include 'maintaining a rigorous and ethical approach to the quality of research' and 'required skills' include 'high attention to detail' and would 'suit post-holders' if they are 'keen to be involved in a ground breaking project', 'mature in attitude' and above all 'well presented and business-like'.

Its nice that Blair seems to have learnt something about the importance of 'rigour and ethics in research' since his infamous bullshit over the dodgy Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction dossier, but I'm guessing those who think that one particularly 'ethical' way to contribute to a debate about how 'faith interacts with globalisation' might be to bring the founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation himself to an international criminal court for war crimes need not apply - however 'well presented and business-like' they were. They would doubtless be displaying an 'immature attitude'.

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