Essays, aphorisms, quotes and poems

In Praise of Doubt by Bertolt Brecht

Brecht on the value of doubt, especially in our leaders.

Does the Sound of the Crash Exist?

Faith in materialism is peculiarly resistant to argument or evidence.

Customers or Citizens

A support provider asked me how their organisation could become customer-focused.

We're Getting Older - Don't Panic, Don't Panic!!

Two meetings in one day separated by very different visions of what it means to grow old.

Time to Rethink Charity

Charities are not fit for purpose. We need to rethink the idea of the public good.

Assisted Dying or Nazi Eugenics

Assisted dying seems so neutral. But it's only a small step from eugenics.

Dr Andrew Lucas and Perpetual Life - A Film

A sketch for a movie about the emerging force of vampirism.

Robocop and the Civil Servant

Civil servants are under increasing pressure to shed their objectivity. But does the concept of the neutral civil servant really make sense?

Why We Mustn’t Murder Beethoven (or Anyone Else)

The risk of eugenics is much greater than that we might eliminate future Beethovens.