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Much of my most recent work is in the "10 Propositions" area. (Latest is 11 March, 2008)
The Social Affairs Unit web review has recent RDN reviews of movies, music, art and books.

Recently added to this site...

RDN had a rather unsatisfactory outing on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze on capitalism and the credit crunch. Here's an attempt to say something a bit better.

RDN appeared in a recent Teachers' TV A-Z of Climate Change. The film was a masterclass in how not to do education materials. Here's why. (16 June 2008)

Here's a bundle of 1995 newspaper coverage of RDN's Life On a Modern Planet. (I liked it more than almost anyone.) (16 June 2008)

A "10 Propositions.." contribution on carbon taxation (or green taxation) apropos a Newsnight discussion (itself looked at here). (10 March, 2008)

A "10 Propositions..." crib sheet for climate change policy journalists (4 February, 2008)

A mini-essay discussing the BBC's journalistic failings over climate change (8 January, 2008)

An mini-essay defending Heathrow and its lawyer against Plane Stupid and the Heathrow Camp for Climate Change.

Note on Happiness Debate, Affluenza and well-being poll survey data. (17 July, 2007)

Some notes "for a young Muslim" - impertinent advice from an old secularist. (16 July, 2007.)

10 Propositions on debt and the feckless (following a Moral Maze show, 11 July, 2007)

A comment piece for the Evening Standard, 4 June, 2007: a reality check on climate change politics.

RDN debated climate change at a Synergy event held in SEOne on May 11 (with the "sceptic" Piers Corbyn, and various IPCC consensus canpaigners).

The updated "Mr Blair's Messiah Politics: Ten years of inspired government, 1997-2007".

A note on the statistical material used and abused in Oliver James's Affluenza. 28 January, 2007

RDN interviewd on 18 Doughty Street about his new book, "Scrap the BBC!": Ten years to set broadcasters free, Social Affairs Unit. Click here.

RDN pieces in The Yorkshire Post and Australian radio pegged to the launch of his new book, "Scrap the BBC!": Ten years to set broadcasters free.

RDN made some provactive remarks in Belfast in November 2006 which have found their way onto Wikipedia (in an entry on him there). Here's RDN's account of the encounter, for the record. January, 2007.

RDN presented some ideas on the value of corporations ("businesses do good by doing business") in the global poverty section of the Conservative Party's 2006 conference (4 October, 2006). RDN and George Monbiot debated "global companies are a force for good". I won 70:30, which seems to imply that 30 percent of committed Tories don't like capitalism. BBC Online carried a report of the gig, which looks to have been written by someone who doesn't like journalism or capitalism. I aim to stream video of the event. The Guardian did rather better.

RDN debated with Bjorn Lomborg and others at the Royal Society for Arts (September 2006). We discussed global warming, with RDN mostly agreeing with Lomborg, but with some important provisos. This programme makes quite a good introduction to the heart and soul of the debate, if not its science. (The link is for reading and/or listening.)

RDN debated capitalism and poverty (at home and especially abroad) with two other speakers on BBC Radio 4's Beyond Belief (it's a religion show). You can listen at the programme's web archive of shows (24 September, 2006).

RDN's new work challenging Corporate Social Responsibility, for an Ernst and Young and BBC event, 9 June, 2006

RDN's remarks at a seminar on advertising junk food to kids, 2 June, 2006

RDN's new SAU book, "Mr Blair's Messiah Politics: Or what happened when Bambi tried to save the world". Here's a mini-essay on the thesis of the book - the real Blair legacy, the meaning of Blairism.

RDN's art-house movie roundup. Here's a crop of movies worth catching on DVD. (See also RDN's contributions to socialaffairsunit.org.uk, and its arts review weblog.) 31 January, 2005

Trapping animals. There's an important piece in National Geographic, January 2006. It describes the trapping of lynx for conservation purposes. It demonstrates that the leghold trap can be used without harm to the animal. This is the case which was put to me often during a fur trade sponsored press trip I made to north America and some of its official conservation officers and trappers in the mid-90s. I reported on that in The Independent and my little book Fur and Freedom (for which I received and acknowledged some sponsorship from the trade). (27 January, 2006)

RDN debated (with Heather Mills-McCartney and others) on Fashion and Fur, at the Oxford Union (for students only, notionally, but that didn't stop the anti's packing the place with people who were loud but otherwise not much like Oxford students). Not the most enlightening experience for anyone, but here's what I said (in brief). 25 January, 2006

Climate change. RDN attended a private BBC seminar on climate change and broadcasting, 26 January, 2006. Very brief RDN notes on climate change and its contrarians. Very brief RDN notes on climate change and politics.

RDN on Celebrity Big Brother, and Poliakoff is now on the Social Affairs Unit weblog. 22 January, 2006

RDN on Jeremy Paxman (Who Do You Think You Are?) and Peter York (Dictators' Homes) is at the Social Affairs Unit blog. 22 January, 2006.

RDN's (October 2005) remarks on diet, health and the role of the state in advising young people - written for the Westminster Diet and health Forum, just published (14 January, 2006).

RDN defends consumerism, The Times, 29 December, 2005

RDN on energy policy and climate change, The Daily Telegraph, 24 November, 2006

RDN appeared on Channel 4/More 4, Animals, in December 2005 and January 2006

RDN and Charlie Pye-Smith co-wrote the Independent's obituary of the much-missed Richard Sandbrook (See also excellent accounts in The Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian.)

In the Public Realm section, I have posted two documents produced for the Liberales Institut of Potsdam. They are Liberty in the modern world, and Sustainable Development: A concept with a future? 11 November, 2005



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