Brexit after Brexit

Now that Brexit is on its way, everyone is trying to work out what it means. I believe the most profound implications are not about the re-configuration of the UK’s political parties, or the length of time withdrawal may take, or the possible economic impact – or even the fragmentation of the United Kingdom.

The . . . → Read More: Brexit after Brexit

Quantitative Pleasing – how many is too much

The ICAEW have published my report on the perils of quantification and what can be done about it. Using the examples social and natural capital, it sets out guidelines for when and how quantification should be attempted – and what to do when it should not be done.

When science clashes with society…

Should public honour be given to scientists irrespective of the social impact of their researches? Would it have been right for Robert Oppenheimer to have been awarded a Nobel Prize for his work on the Manhattan Project?

The World Food Prize is a case in point. The 2013 World Food Prize has been awarded to . . . → Read More: When science clashes with society…

Cuadrilla: back to the past?

However new the technology, Cuadrilla appears to be operating in the last century. The Cuadrilla website includes a section on how insignificant their earthquakes actually are and why water supply contamination just cannot occur.

Unconvinced, the citizens of Balcombe and environmental campaigners have been on the move. They are concerned about the direct impacts of . . . → Read More: Cuadrilla: back to the past?

Leaden responsibilities

If lead is the cause of crime, who is left with the responsibility?

George Monbiot has highlighted research that seems to show convincingly that lead leads to crime (after a gap of 20 years). That raises some key questions for personal responsibility and for corporate responsibility.

Simply put: if the reason you committed a crime . . . → Read More: Leaden responsibilities