Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fontcrime: Comic Sans lives on

Readers who had seen my post on Public services are different may remember that somebody had been fraudulently buying up phone contracts under my name.  Last Friday I received this letter from the Carphone Warhouse UK Fraud Department.  Apart from the … Continue reading

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The breaking wave: why I am an agnostic

Earlier this month BBC4 ran a documentary “The Secret Life of Waves”, by documentary-maker David Malone.  Apart from explaining the usual stuff about ocean waves, he went off into to a philosophical and spiritual dimension, comparing waves to life itself.  … Continue reading

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Time to rethink the Bank of England

Central banks can’t manage inflation or unemployment. We should stop pretending that they can. Continue reading

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Reflections on the Isle of Wight

I’m just back from a few days break in the Isle of Wight.  It so happens that the Economist’s Bagehot has just blogged on the subject of the island, which was the lasting point of his print column last week. … Continue reading

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Sex offenders

Here is an article I had published yesterday in Lib Dem Voice on the disgraceful behavior of political leaders over the recent Supreme Court ruling.  Things didn’t get any better after I wrote the article on Wednesday, judging by Theresa … Continue reading

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Megatrends – where will we be in 2030?

The megatrends that shaped the economy over the last twenty years are on the turn. The next 20 years will be quite unlike the last 20. Continue reading

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Manufactured outrage won’t help elderly patients

Getting angry at NHS staff for abuses of elderly patients doesn’t help. Instead we should be asking for stronger local leadership to change the way the services works. Continue reading

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Prisoners’ voting and the European Court

I’m an increasing fan of The Economist’s new Bagehot columnist.  His approach to blog posts is self-confessedly long and unpolished.  But worth bearing with.  His post on the Prisoners’ voting rights and the European Court must be his longest yet. … Continue reading

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Multiculturalism and terrorism

It doesn’t help to entangle the issue of preventing terrorism with an attack on multiculturalism. If anything multiculturalism is part of the solution. Continue reading

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Public services are different

As he left office as Prime Minister, and age ago in June 2007, Tony Blair wrote the following in The Economist: Public services need to go through the same revolution – professionally, culturally and in organisation – that the private … Continue reading

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