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Innovative Excuses: How Boris Johnson Keeps Renewables Expensive

Boris Johnson declared his green plans on 18 November 2020. Johnson is putting £13bn into innovation in nuclear power plants, hydrogen power plants, electric car subsidies, and carbon capture and storage, among other ventures. At the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (CoP) on climate change, UK industrial strategy has walked onto the world stage;… [Read more]

Blame ‘The House’ Rules: A New Anti-Addiction Policy for the UK

The addictive properties of drugs, gambling machines, algorithm-led compulsions, and policies that permit them have ramifications. The narrative that industries and marketist governments uphold where individuals are free to make their own mistakes, fails to hold up in the light of the evidence. This free-choice narrative in, for instance, the UK Gambling Act 2005 permits… [Read more]

What is the character of UK innovation policy?

I argue that innovation policy is in the process of being re-characterised as a joint venture of public-private enterprise with justification from government found in rhetoric for innovation to overcome Grand Challenges. To demonstrate my thesis, I will consider how the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) policy works: the objectives, policies, institutions, and funding… [Read more]

Post Truth Reading

Post-truth scares me. The arguments that there is an after-point where truth and validity are not considered primary just seem like self-refutation, even nonsense. Of course the fragility of our knowledge and lack of objectivity for how the world works is important to know: there is no right way of doing things by default, but… [Read more]

The Need For Bias

A recurrent phrase on and off line is: “you cannot trust the media: it’s biased!”. A phrase unwittingly similar to Junior George Bush’s mistrust of newsprint, when he said he only read headlines because newspapers “give opinions”. (Fake news and the conflation of lies and biases is not new with Trump). The belief that there… [Read more]

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