The War on Logic


We talk and we talk and we talk, and we are ignored. The “War on Drugs” is a failure: practically every expert agrees about that. Even the police say it. On Saturday night some quite eminent people said it at the Hay Festival. I was in the audience to listen to Prof David Nutt, Colombian…

The Information Age


The arrival at our newspaper of a new editor with fresh ideas has set me thinking about the nature of information gathering and dissemination. The evolution of the information ecosystem seems to have travelled an inverse pathway to the evolution of human society. First we were hunter-gatherers and then, ten thousand years ago or so,…

What Leveson didn’t hear


THERE is little to recommend the threat of going to jail, but I have discovered in the past couple of weeks that there can be compensations. During a recent high-profile court case I was summonsed to give evidence about my sources for a series of stories run in The Herald a few years ago. The…