Education and Educators

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the most important resource of any nation is not what grows on the ground or lies buried beneath it or fills its surrounding seas, but its people. People are not resources to be traded or bartered but they are resources intrinsically valuable for what they can do for the common weal. Eventually if we were to live for enough years we would accumulate wisdom from our experience and knowledge from our mistakes. These processes inevitably happen but there is a process which can accelerate the individual accumulation of knowledge and wisdom and that process is called education. Continue reading

The Inconvenience of Democracy

The United Kingdom is not very united and not much of a kingdom. There is one Parliament which makes laws for the whole country and separate elected parliaments which administer and make laws for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The monarch has very little to do with the making of these laws, but signs off on them as a matter of formality.  Continue reading

Who regulates the climate change regulators

When he wrote about the great crash of 1929, Professor J K Galbraith wrote (and here I paraphrase his words) that it is always hard to find a way of regulating the regulators, but even harder to impart wisdom in those who should be wise. I am not going to write about the credit crunch – far too much is being written and broadcast about it in the United Kingdom, it is almost as if the journalists and broadcasters are creating a self fulfilling prophesy for the sake of a good story that sells media. No, I am going to look at Galbraith’s comments in the context of climate change. Continue reading