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When asked to argue on TV, radio or on a platform, I usually sketch out 10 propositions which are worth trying to get across. (There’s a section like this on the archive site too.)

BBC R4 Sunday show: faith and business ethics,

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Mind & body / RDN's media outings on 15 May 2014. No comments.

I contributed to a pre-recorded “package” for BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme on an inter-faith initiative to produce (actually to update) a code of business ethics. This is the sort of thing I mulled-over as I prepared… More »

RDN on inequality on BBC R4 BH

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / RDN's media outings on 26 April 2014. No comments.

I was invited to debate inequality and bankers’ bonuses on BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House, from the home of W1A. This is what I scribbled down to inform my outing… More »

RDN on Voice of Russia on “the Left”

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 2 April 2014. No comments.

In my second (and equally) enjoyable outing on Voice of Russia, from its Chancery Lane studio, we discussed the role of the modern Left in UK politics…. More »

RDN on BBC R2 on Mega-farms

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / RDN's media outings on 28 February 2014. No comments.

I had a fairly decent outing on The Jeremy Vine Show, whose stand-in host, Vanessa Feltz asked me and Philip Lymbery, author of Farmageddon (with Isabel Oakeshott) to discuss the arrival of mega-farms in the UK. Naturally enough, I stuck up for them… More »

RDN on LBC on AGW, Met Office & PMQs

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 10 January 2014. No comments.

I had an interesting outing on Iain Dale’s LBC show yesterday, invited to comment on the Met Office’s apparent disavowal of David Cameron’s remarks in Prime Minister’s Questions on the recent storms and possible, likely or probable links to climate change. I remarked, perhaps a little casually, that the Met Office’s tune – I should perhaps have emphasised tone – had changed somewhat. Once quite the cheer-leader for what one might disparagingly call alarmism, it now seems to emphasise uncertainty. More »

RDN et al: BP & Deepwater Horizon’s long term effects

Posted by RDN under Climate change / RDN's media outings on 11 December 2013. No comments.

Regular readers will know that in 2010 I risked saying that BP’s catastrophic accident and spill at its Deepwater Horizon drill in the Gulf of Mexico might not be as dire for the environment, the oil industry or BP as was being predicted at the time. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to a Voice of Russia  (VoR debate: Has BP paid the price for oil spills?, 10 December 2013) panel discussion on these themes…. More »

RDN on sceptics & AGW at the RAC

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Mind & body / RDN's media outings on 27 November 2013. No comments.

I have been asked to debate the proposition that sceptics are winning the climate change argument (at the RAC in Pall Mall, 28 November 2013). The answer, I think, is a nice sceptical, “yes”, and “no”. More »

RDN on “Call Kaye” BBC Radio Scotland

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / RDN's media outings on 28 October 2013. No comments.

On a brief outing this morning, I was asked what I thought about unions, especially in the wake of Unite’s Grangemouth climb-down. I love them, I said, but let’s not imagine the Germanic socialised (or a socialist) approach is going to work in the Anglosphere… More »

BBC Radio 2 and being human

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / On TV & Radio / RDN's media outings on 16 October 2013. No comments.

I have been wondering what I would say if asked to contribute to the Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show mini-series on what it is to be human. I suppose I would begin by assuming that one is trying to see the difference between humans and animals. One angle, then, would be to say that we are moral: a large can of worms, that. But what else? More »

RDN and the FT: on BP

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / RDN's media outings on 12 October 2013. No comments.

On 11 May 2010, the FT printed a letter of mine (reprinted below) on the 20 April 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill. Arguably, it was far too early for intelligent opinion to have formed. But – contrariwise – I precisely wanted to suggest that it was too early to come to judgement: that historically oil spills had seldom turned out as journalism had predicted in the excitement immediately following the event. But was I right? More »

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