I’m not sure that Darwinian atheism really is hospitable to these river gods and fairies. They belong to God’s party
People “touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day” ...but where’s the harm in that? The print and broadcast media have been at same game for decades. Why should we regard the new digital media as a special threat? The answer lies in the ability of digital to insinuate itself into our lives... Compared to, say, a television, a smartphone is physically closer to us...
BELOW AVERAGE! Employment among young men without a college degree dropped especially far after 2000...
DROPPING OUT! Only a little more than half of students who enrol in a US college end up with a degree
Yet the answer isn’t no regulation, it is smart, stream-lined, easy-to-understand regulation, measures that have a track-record of working, measures that the bulge-bracket universal banks – which remain too big-to-fail – are determined will not be introduced
The likes of Citigroup and JPMorgan in the US, along with RBS and HSBC in the UK – would clearly have gone under, causing financial, commercial and social havoc, had they not received multi-billion dollar bailouts
No human injustice ever ended through silence. That is not to say speaking, shouting, suffering, for the cause is easy, but the scale of harrassment and assault is huge. Every woman knows that because most women have been harrassed or attacked. It is a social injustice like any other so speaking out and acting forcefully and together must be our response.
The re-introduction of a proper separation would prevent investment banks from betting with government-guaranteed deposits, so exposing them to the full force of the market. At a stroke, our banks would be far safer and the ‘too big to fail’ issue largely resolved
In 1990, almost two-fifths of the global population lived in extreme poverty. Today, that figure is down to 10% of a far bigger world populous - as capitalism, in various guises, has spread across China, the former Soviet economies and much of the developing world
For every woman who did speak up about him assaulting her, there were multiple female and male voices saying 'Shush... don't risk it... too dangerous'.
Niall Ferguson is similarly correct...when he warns that the Western world’s too-big-to-fail banks remain as dangerous as ever they were
With machines doing all the work, the economy would be all capital and no labour: the culmination – and, hence, endpoint – of capitalism. It wouldn’t be good news for socialism either: you can hardly have workers owning the means of production if there aren’t any workers. To avoid such a future we should pursue policies that favour business models in which robots are deployed to enhance not replace human productivity. That way people can remain integral to the proper functioning of the economy.
It raises fundamental questions about Hong Kong’s autonomy and basic freedoms under “one country, two systems”
The UK's proposed Gender Recognition Act would allow people to legally change their gender without a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria
The damage a diplomatic snub might do far outweighs the benefits of virtue signalling. Standing by the United States of America in time of tribulation is what a good ally does. Besides, raison d'État requires it
The “Queen of England” is a tangible link with the history that shaped the modern world – history of which statesmen are well aware
It is my firm belief that young people can be made aware not only that our spiritual and cultural inheritance is worth preserving but that it is the source of all the freedoms that they enjoy – including the freedom publicly to repudiate it
the culture of repudiation has seized the advantage, imposing multicultural orthodoxies in advance of the discussion and reflection of which our continent stands so greatly in need
Xi is busy emphasizing traditional Confucian aspects of his ‘thought’, for like Mao he is the only Chinese leader to be identified with ‘thought’ rather than mere ‘theory’.
Now that China is on the threshold of being the world’s greatest power, the hardest change will be to act both judiciously and magnanimously, rather than letting history be the master rather than teacher
Kurz rose to fame by arguing against Muslim immigration, in favour of closing the border to refugees from the Balkans and leading the effort that resulted in a ban on the wearing of burqas
Justin Bieber has 102 million followers. That's 62 million more than Donald Trump and 88 million more than the Pope! Quite useful if you believe that your mission is to "go everywhere in the world and tell the Good News to everyone".
When we buy organic in the developed world we might feel nice about it. When you farm organic in the developing world you might end up dead.
If politicians can’t treat each other respectfully, why should voters believe that their views will be taken seriously?
It’s inconceivable that the voters who tried to force radical change in the General Election want both Houses of Parliament to carry on as if, to coin a phrase, nothing has changed.
First Brexit, then Donald Trump, now this nationalist eruption in a wealthy north-east corner of Spain. Once again, we hear the simplistic myths being spun. Politicians exploit frustrations of voters by promising a better future based on spurious concepts of taking back control from corrupt and distant elites.
The most damaging biases of ‘fast news’ are to the new over the important; to the negative over the positive; to the controversial over the consensual; to celebrity over the learned; and to politics over the cultural, technological and other upstream influences on our times
"Media outlets that are rightly so careful to properly promote more women and ethnic minorities have been largely blind to absences of deeper forms of diversity and therefore capacities for understanding in their teams. I recently asked a BBC editor if any of the people working on his flagship current affairs show had backed Brexit. He thought not."
"Tories have lost control of the upstream to the extent that there’s barely an artist, an academic, an actor, a playwright, a television producer, a singer, a musician, a novelist who would be willing to stand up and say “I am frightened of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. The Conservatives have a vision for the country that is not only practical, it’s human-shaped.”
Think about what Corbyn wants to do to the country. The armour of efficient “common sense”, fervently strapped on in youth, won’t protect you for an instant
Imagine a Tory minister saying: 'It’s because of a neighbour of mine who died that I understand the terror of joblessness. We are all so close to oblivion'
In the UK, men are around three times more likely to commit suicide than women; in the US it is three and a half times.
As the traditionally male-dominated, labor-intensive fields like manufacturing and mining diminish and are replaced by service-oriented positions in retail, healthcare, and education, men might see themselves as ill-suited for these ‘pink collar’ jobs, believing them to be ‘women’s work.’
UK tax authorities have adopted Thaler’s findings by writing letters to late-payers telling them they’re ‘in a small minority who haven’t paid on time’. Payments rose, compared to the standard wording, by almost 10%.
The Nobel has been rewarded for work that claims to have established ‘certainties’ and ‘scientific relationships’ – all of which is bunkum. Economics is, or at least should be, a study of human behaviour.
There is much in Harsh Lessons for the military professional – not least why it took so long in both Iraq and Afghanistan to recognize the regressive, atavistic character of the conflict, in which both the United States’ and British armies placed unwarranted faith in their technological edge – the so-called “revolution in military affairs” (RMA).
“Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” warned Vladimir Putin
Huge drops in the price of renewable energy make the government's support for a new nuclear plant at Hinkley even harder to justify. The promise to subsidise the plant for 35 years will mean British taxpayers and energy users subsidising the ailing French nuclear sector when power from the seas that surround us could be keeping the lights on - cheaply
It won't just be Saudi women who'll benefit from the desert kingdom's decision. Countries and communities influenced by Wahhabism will also take note
The police – who routinely complain about being so under-resourced that they cannot even monitor potential terrorists – have prioritised a rampage across the reputation of a dead politician