The Wiki Man

There are three sides to every story

13 April 2024 9:00 am

The psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who died last month aged 90, was perhaps most famous for his dictum that: ‘Nothing in…

The beauty of mid-range products

4 November 2023 9:00 am

Once or twice, when on a crowded overnight flight, I have taken a sneaky stroll through the different cabins for…

Are we asking the wrong questions about HS2?

21 October 2023 9:00 am

I am not sure there was much else Rishi could have done to salvage HS2. But I come bearing good…

Is there such a thing as too much empathy?

7 October 2023 9:00 am

Back in the 1970s, a less politically correct age, there was a standby formula for television advertising known as 2Cs…

Why driving above the speed limit is a mug’s game

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Imagine you are choosing between two proposed road-improvement plans, but have the budget for only one. Both of the roads…

What a full English breakfast can tell us about the state of the NHS

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Among devotees of the full English breakfast, few things polarise more than the inclusion of baked beans. Some people are…

What I learned from being debanked

26 August 2023 9:00 am

My own debanking story concerns a card rather than a bank account. Not the same degree of inconvenience as Nigel…

Just stop HS2!

12 August 2023 9:00 am

I have two suggestions for HS2. Either stop it or make it stop. The spiralling cost and delays are reason enough…

How to increase your home’s value – with a sandwich

29 July 2023 9:00 am

It is a tenet of neo-liberal economics that there is no such thing as a free lunch. This is obvious…

Light bulb moment: the flaw in the petrol car ban

15 July 2023 9:00 am

This week, writing in the Daily Mail, Matt Ridley produced a devastating takedown of the government’s 2030 ban on the…

We are experiencing an unusually high volume of bureaucracy

1 July 2023 9:00 am

I have a hunch why people in late middle age are abandoning the workforce: their jobs, as they once knew…

Property prices represent the real cost-of-living crisis

17 June 2023 9:00 am

I sometimes feel my entire life in advertising has been wasted, and not for the reason you may assume. No,…

The case for building more roads

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Suella Braverman was completely wrong to ask her civil servants to investigate the possibility of arranging a one-on-one speed awareness…

How to bag the best spot in the supermarket car park

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Our local Sainsbury’s, though admirable in every other way, has a slightly inflated estimate of the disabled population of Seven-oaks,…

The case against koalas

6 May 2023 9:00 am

There was a reason 18th-century rulers were eager for their subjects to grow and eat potatoes: the miraculous tuber offered…

Why are beds flat?

22 April 2023 9:00 am

Last month in a Swiss hotel, I came across an idea so beautifully simple that I felt it would be…