An apology to my regular reader that my blog activity has been less frequent of late. Tonight I have my annual RSA lecture and I have been somewhat preoccupied. However, I thought you might be interested in a column in The Times this morning which covers some of the issues I hope to discuss in the speech.
And I can't resist linking to this excellent piece by my former colleague, Philip Collins. It came the day after Professor David Blanchflower, an external member of the MPC, was asking some very hard questions about Conservative economic policies. I am trying to avoid being too 'political' in this blog, but I can't help thinking that, while the problem of Mr Brown for Labour is his apparent unelectability, the problem for the country is that the party likely to form the next government is not being subject to the scrutiny from which both it and we would benefit.
As we begin to imagine the post-pandemic world, we need to challenge our use of old metaphors to allow for new narratives and better futures to emerge.
With the post-Christmas resolutions looming, when we try to address the worst of our seasonal over-indulgences, the question remains: how can we give up bad habits for good?