Rodney Barker
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"Rodney Barker" is a British academic and political commentator. He is Professor of Government at the London School of Economics/ London School of Economics and Political Science and was Gresham Professor of Rhetoric/Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College in London from September 2006 to September 2009. He is married to Helen Roberts, the medical sociologist.

After gaining his BA in History from Downing College, Cambridge, he undertook a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, jointly supervised by Richard Titmuss in the Department of Social Administration, and Robert McKenzie (psephologist)/Robert McKenzie in the Department of Sociology. His first full academic position was as a lecturer in Politics in the Department of Political Theory and Government of Swansea University/University College Swansea, a position he held between 1967 and 1971. After that, he returned to the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1971 and has held the positions of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Government. He was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow between 1990 and 1991.

As well as numerous scholarly articles, he is widely published in the British broadsheet newspapers and has been an opera critic for the Tribune (magazine)/Tribune.

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The current sleaze scandal is potentially very, very damaging indeed for the government, because the real serious allegations are not now about individual MPs [members of Parliament] -- they're about the conduct of the government...

The purpose of the 'Way Forward Group' is simply to do, in a formal way, what the royal family in Britain has always done.

The Conservative Party is no longer conservative, the Labor Party is no longer socialist.