Janan Ganesh, George Osborne privately maintains that -
"politics is a trade with its own skills and codes that can only be learnt on the job. It is not an amateur vocation for talented people from other fields.”
The Chancellor likes to refer to these initiates as members of what he calls
the “political guild”, taking the view that nobody else much counts.
Many of the problems facing the modern Conservative Party derive from Mr Osborne’s arrogant view that politics belongs only to a gilded, professional elite. Nothing could be further from the truth, and no wonder Conservative members are turning away in disgust.
This spells out the consequences of one of the more malign developments in British public life: the rise of the expert. Unfortunately, the poverty of vision articulated by the Chancellor stretches far wider than politics. Policing, to give one example, is no longer just about solving crime. As recent events have shown, the Police Federation has become a powerful lobby group, and one, moreover, that is malevolently contemptuous of the public interest and even at times (it would appear) opposed to the rule of law.
Christopher Martin‑Jenkins was such a wonderful and truthful broadcaster. His quiet, unassuming and lucid commentary, informed by Christian beliefs and sense of place, was in its way an expression of a world view and a philosophy. That is why the BBC needs to think long and hard on what made him so good at his job. And not just the BBC – the political guild has plenty to learn too.
e of every capability of the WEB 2.0 protocol - before we even start considering the use
of WEB 3.0 - to simulate real methods of open and disparate discussions, down the pub so to
speak, it is doomed to failure from a truly synergetic stand-point. Needless to say the seed that
was zaadz has been sown and blossomed in many ways, and although the window of opportunity
which WEB 2.0 presented is now almost closed, who knows what the future of the WEB and its
potential 10 billion users will bring !!!???
During the early part of my training as a civilian pilot/air traffic controller in the 1960's I was first
introduced to the mind-blowing experience of "flying" a de Havilland Trident Simulator. It was
mind-blowing for me, as a dyslexic 3D thinker, because my own vision as a child was of a future
time when we would be able to personally experience a simulation of the reality such that we
would not be able to tell the difference between the simulation and the reality. It had been
because of the support from my parents and their parents that I had succeeded in getting into
that simulator in the first place, but along the way I had been exposed to all of their diverse
spiritual & scientific beliefs despite the fact that they all subscribed to a similar set of values and
principles. As a result I was set on my own journey of discovery for the scientific reasoning for
mine and others personal experiences of spiritual connectivity. My eventual qualification as a joint
civilian/military air traffic controller took me to places I could not have even imagined - to the
point where I was being invited by the likes of IBM to present to them personal computer driven
multi-media simulations of future 3D global radar scenarios.
During the nascency of the world-wide web, discussions with Hewlett Packard, Kodak & Phillips
suggested the possibility of establishing a very powerful consumer driven social networking
environment, based on discussions about the implications and applications of the still to be
ratified WEB 2.0 protocol. As has often been the case, in my experience, existing companies have
been slow to react to the invariably small window of opportunity with which they are faced and
so it was with HP, Phillips and then Kodak. In the meantime the likes of Friendster and Myspace
appeared on the scene without incorporating the really powerful development capabilities which
the WEB 2.0 protocol provided for. So it was during 2005 that I became aware of a team of people
who were fully WEB 2.0 savvy, led by a man called Brian Johnson, working on a project called
ZAADZ. From the day of BETA launch I watched from afar and became mightily impressed by
every aspect of the ZAADZ initiative and so it was after some nearly six months I plunged in
In the meantime I continue to cherish what was and try to NOT forget that we are what we are
in some small and even significant way, because of our TIME@zaadz.