The Insiders In a 2002 interview with the Observer, the BBC’s John Cody Fidler-Simpson CBE of Kabul, to give him his full name and title, was asked to define the ‘essential qualities’ of a journalist. Simpson responded with typical left-field quirkiness: ‘There’s something slightly wrong with most of us, don’t you feel? We’re damaged goods, usually with slightly rumpled private →
Back in 2017, before WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was silenced by Twitter, he used the platform to highlight an immutable truth: ‘The overwhelming majority of information is classified to protect political security not national security.’ →
The Roman poet Horace famously declared: ‘Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.’ It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. Wilfred Owen, the great English poet of the First World War, described →
Last week, Jeremy Corbyn humbled the entire political and corporate media commentariat. With a little help from Britain’s student population. And with a little help from thousands of media activists. Without doubt this was one →
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Global CO2 emissions are estimated to have been 4.9% lower last year, mostly due to reduced oil usage. But it is not structural, and will have almost no positive effect on climate. Deep structural emission decreases are what’s needed. https://twitter.com/robbie_andrew/status/1366367207614201861
“Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.”