Richard D North, 61, is a writer, broadcaster and commentator.
He is media fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, the free
market think tank, and fellow of the Social Affairs Unit, the home
of conservative cultural thought.
He edits livingissues.com, a site which helps young people grasp
21st Century issues.
RDN writes on the arts for the webreview at www.socialaffairsunit.org
RDNs recent books include Scrap the BBC!: Ten
years to set broadcasting free (SAU, 2007); Mr Blairs Messiah
Politics: Ten years of inspirational government, 1997-2007 (SAU,
2007); Rich Is Beautiful: A very personal defence of Mass Affluence
(SAU, 2005) and pamphlets on risk, the House of Lords, stag hunting
In the late 80's he was the Independent's (and then the Sunday
Times') environment and Third World Development writer, whose upbeat,
rather anti-green book Life On a Modern PLanet: A manifesto for
progress (Manchester University Press, 1995) marked 25 years' obsession
with the topics.
He quite often appears on Today, Newsnight, the Jeremy Vine Show,
Channel 4 News, Sky TV, and the Moral Maze as a defender of capitalism,
globalisation, representative Democracy and any other topic where
the soft left liberal green orthodoxy needs bashing.
He is an experienced (and if required exuberant and even abrasive)