This is an article taken from my 2018 book, Thinkonomics, with Chuck Harrison. I have decided to post it free of charge in response to some of the myths surrounding election campaigns in the UK in 2019. Most of us will recognise that no system is perfect. Combustion engines in cars don’t just create the … More WASTE AND THE BACK OF A SOFA ANALOGY
One of those rarest of things, a winter election, might be Britain’s only hope out of the never-ending ‘will-they, won’t-they’ break up story of Brexit. But you’ll still almost certainly hear all five of these ridiculous myths peddled over the coming month. Be ready… “They are all as bad as each other…they’re all the … More A Winter Election is Coming…5 Popular Myths to Look Out For
In the UK, for the first time in our recent history, we seem to be facing not just a constant threat of recession, but an entire crisis of economy. This isn’t just about Brexit – which, whilst a huge economic gamble, could have been economically useful – it’s much wider than that. For the best … More The Conservatives are the party of the economy, and yet we are still having to cut vital public services because we can’t afford them. So we really can’t afford them, right?
Everyone – or almost everyone – disagrees with unnecessary suffering. It seems a vital belief for living modern society. After all, how can we coexist with other human beings if we consider their suffering to be insignificant? What constitutes ‘unnecessary’, however, is the subject of disagreement. Especially when it comes to the suffering of those … More On Unnecessary Suffering and Convenience
Rationalism is about making decisions with your head, limiting the effect of your own biases, baseless opinions or preferences. It’s about making decisions that make your country and the world a better place. In this election, these questions have been explored in depth. If you want a country run by a party who is offering … More GE 2017 Verdict: Who Should a Rationalist Vote for? It’s Labour.
In the wake of another awful attack on Tuesday, it’s time we started discussing some of the uncomfortable truths about terrorism. We owe it to the victims, not just of Tuesday but of various attacks here and abroad in the past. In order to stop it happening again, we need to understand what it even … More We need to talk about terrorism.
The Tories are fixating on meaningless slogans, the Lib Dems are obsessive on reversing Brexit, the SNP – yet again – are focused almost singularly on independence, and Labour are trying to regain ground lost, as always, in the tabloids. Yet whilst many issues get thrown around on TV, no party seems interested in fixing the … More No party is talking about the biggest issue in this election.
If, like me, you are sick to death of the government shirking the running of the country in order to run constant public votes – on leaving the UK, on leaving Europe, on electing a new government two years after we elected the last one – then the next 6 weeks are going to … More 4 myths you will be implored to believe during the election campaign
I was scrolling through my social media feed today, and I came across a post from the hacker-related leftist page Anonymous, which confused me. It contained a British UKIP politician called Godfrey Bloom, on a right wing rant (in the European Parliament), about the problems with fairly conventional economic policy. This particular version of the speech has … More The left must learn economics.
2016 was the year in which fake news, spread by poor quality media sources, became a global concern. But what studies can you do to accurately, honestly tell you which big newspapers are truly lacking in journalistic standards? A good standard of journalism, for instance, will always look for two sources, or one certain … More How can you tell a better quality newspaper? Data has arrived in the most unexpected of forms.