The Wiki Man

What we need is a Freedom of Uninformation Act

18 November 2017 9:00 am

One dietary fad that never made sense to me was the campaign against the consumption of eggs. Now call me…

How to stop the Grenfell Tower disaster from happening again? Ask the air industry

4 November 2017 9:00 am

It took a spate of air disasters in the late 1970s, in particular the Portland crash of United Airlines Flight…

Perception vs objective reality

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I hate to tell you this, but every time you watch television you are being duped. In fact there are…

Raising the threshold crappiness

7 October 2017 9:00 am

I love anything open late at night. Never mind ‘the sigh of midnight trains in empty stations’; even mundane activities…

Make life easier and all else will follow

23 September 2017 9:00 am

You can try to change people’s minds, but this is difficult. You can bribe people to change their behaviour, but…

Migration is complicated. Don’t pretend it’s not

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I expect you’ve already noticed it, but in case you’ve been living in a cave or an economics faculty for…

Want greater diversity? Try being less fair

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In its hasty dismissal of James Damore, Google showed a worrying disregard for one of the most important freedoms within…

Sutherland’s Law of Bad Maths

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Imagine for a moment a parallel universe in which shops had mostly not yet been invented, and that all commerce…

The right kind of dumbing down

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Thanks to meteoric advances in computational power, it is now possible to take abundant data from a wide range of…

To buy cheap art, buy architecture

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Of the 375,000 listed buildings in England only 2.5 per cent are Grade I. Half are churches; many are otherwise…

Why driverless showers are key to the housing crisis

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Although it is commonly assumed that faster-than-sound passenger travel died with Concorde, this isn’t quite true: it overlooks the Caledonian…

Universities should offer one-year courses

17 June 2017 9:00 am

In every respect bar one, those bloody Corbyn-supporting students have a much tougher time of it than I did, what…

Don’t look for any merit in meritocracy

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A few years ago, someone asked me how to fix social care costs for the elderly. One eventual idea of…

Why we need paper promises

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When you get into a taxi, there’s usually a framed sheet of paper describing what you pay for your trip:…

The MBA idiocies that ruin everything

6 May 2017 9:00 am

I rang a company’s call centre the other day, and the experience was exemplary: helpful, knowledgeable, charming. The firm was…

Fund a fisherman or finance a film

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Crowdfunding is a promising idea, and has created useful products. The Canary home-security system I wrote about recently was funded…

All hail the new taxi-card revolution

8 April 2017 9:00 am

From October last year, it was compulsory for all London black cabs to accept payment by card. London cabbies aren’t…

How I learned to love the airport bus

25 March 2017 9:00 am

After landing at Gatwick, the plane taxied for five minutes or so and then came to a halt in the…

Technology and the winner-takes-all effect

11 March 2017 9:00 am

I was exchanging emails with someone the other day and signed off with the sentence ‘let me know when you…

Technology and the winner-takes-all effect

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

I was exchanging emails with someone the other day and signed off with the sentence ‘let me know when you…

Thank God for overpriced lawyers!

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

When you buy a house in Britain, there is an extensive and well-established series of checks you must perform to…

Thank God for overpriced lawyers!

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

When you buy a house in Britain, there is an extensive and well-established series of checks you must perform to…

My alarm call for GPs

11 February 2017 9:00 am

A few months ago I was stuck in traffic on my way to give a talk at the Royal College…

My alarm call for GPs

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

A few months ago I was stuck in traffic on my way to give a talk at the Royal College…

My alarm call for GPs

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

A few months ago I was stuck in traffic on my way to give a talk at the Royal College…