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?
Anyone observing the EU Referendum tussle in the U.K. will probably have recognised the dilemma facing the Remain camp. Their attempts to persuade sceptical voters to support Remain have been falling on deaf ears because one of the main planks in the Leave camp’s platform has been to cast doubt on expert opinion. So the … More EU #Referendum:What price experts?
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
As a critical set of primaries loom, the Republican party appears more and more uncertain as to how to deal with the apparently unstoppable momentum of Donald Trump’s campaign. The leading contenders Cruz and Rubio seem to be cracking in their resolve to campaign on the issues and have begun resorting to direct challenges, matching … More The Challenge to #trump2016
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: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/11/junior-doctors-face-forced-contract-after-rejecting-jeremy-hunts-final-offer 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?
Anyone care to have a go at analysing this ongoing dispute in the UK? I’ve been involved in the NHS recently (as a patient) and so it has a special interest just now. If you have any analysis you’d like me to post here then just let me know and we’ll figure out a way … More Junior Doctors’ Dispute
This most interesting post was sent to me by Mike Young. Thank you Mike! [Any shortcomings in the quality of the images are wholly my own fault] Can Confrontation Analysis help us avoid World War Three? A review of the BBC2 program: “World War Three: Inside the war room” from the perspective of Confrontation Analysis. The … More Avoiding World War Three!
The WordPress.com 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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35153264 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
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….!