Do you find democracy uncomfortable?

Claire Fox, the director of the Institute of Ideas, thinks the vitality of liberal democracy has been proved by the Brexit and Trump results. “We have to be careful of an anti-democratic response to perfectly legitimate democratic votes. Quite a lot of liberals are saying, ‘well, democracy is not working so well because people are … More Do you find democracy uncomfortable?


#Trump and #Non-Trump

Mike Young sent me this observation on the Republican nomination race: I think the problem is that if there were on option of Trump or “some candidate other than Trump” then (as Trump gets about 40% of the vote) the “united non-Trump candidate” could conceivably beat Trump. The average split is 40% Trump 30% Cruz … More #Trump and #Non-Trump

Junior Doctors: Imposed Contract?

The UK Health Secretary appears to be about to (on Thursday 17th February)  impose a new contract on unwilling NHS employees.  You can read more about the dispute here: It is a dispute that has been rumbling along for some time.  Here is a useful summary of the situation from earlier in the week: … More Junior Doctors: Imposed Contract?

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … More 2015 in review


The UK Government has drafted a new Surveillance Bill that has raised concerns for IT companies.  Here is one account of Apple’s concerns: Clearly there is a confrontation here.  The article cited mentions three issues: encryption, ‘self-hacking’ and compliance.  These could each be treated in some detail as three related foci for analysis.  Instead to kick … More Surveillance

Confrontation Analysis

Mike Young tells me that he ran a very successful Confrontation Analysis workshop at Dstl on Tuesday.  He used the Dilemma Explorer program which worked extremely well.  I’m hoping that he’ll add as a comment to this post a short report.  Watch this space….!