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Grenfell Tower and the professions

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Mind & body / Politics & campaigns on 14 September 2017. No comments.

I hope that the official inquiry (and any other) into the Grenfell Tower disaster will discuss the role of professionals and professions in the failure to look after the safety of the residents. I rather doubt that vivious or heartless conspiracy will be discovered. But cock-up probably won’t quite do as an explanation. In man-made accidents and disasters it is often professions that turn out to have lacked canny, energetic or brave diligence. Well beyond Grenfell, I think there are several professional dilemmas which need to be stated clearly, and wrestled with. I attempt this below the fold. (1000 words, plus)

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Be the Brightest and Best: vote Tory

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Politics & campaigns on 27 April 2015. No comments.

Many people in the creative, inventive and caring industries – the Brightest and the Best – have never socialised with people who openly espouse the Conservative cause, or have only met them to have a row. This why they should expand their horizons….. More »

Building trust: Character or accountability?

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 23 February 2014. No comments.

There was a fascinating vignette of modern government when the former head of GCHQ (the government’s listening post), Sir David Omand, was quizzed by Keith Vaz, the chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee during on a session on counter-terrorism. (The Home Affairs Committee, 11 February 2014.) Sir David argued – rightly, and counter-intuitively – that character was a better guarantee of probity than transparency. Well, there was more to his argument than that… More »

Don’t professionalise journalism, Lord Leveson

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 8 December 2011. No comments.

The first tranche of professors of journalism testified to Lord Leveson today and the result was mildly reassuring. But it is worth stressing how important it is that this trade remain as free of professionalism, certificates, regulation, registration and general tick-box goody-goodiness as possible. More »

Davos Man should stick to his professional knitting

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 30 January 2009. No comments.

Patrick Hosking in The Times and John Gapper in the Financial Times both say interesting things about Davos Man. But they leave the impression that Mr Schwab’s elite festival was about boosting the egos of corporate giants. The real Davos Mistake was quite other. More »

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