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…

When it comes to politics, perception is more important than ‘truth’

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…

The value of raising the threshold of 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…

Forget free trade – we should be embracing pain-free trade

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 in the workplace? 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…

How Sutherland’s Law of Bad Maths could solve nightmare train commutes

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…

How internet paywalls are making us all dumber

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…

Why our Robert Adam flat is worth scarcely more than a boring one

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…

A degree course should last a year – after that, let them pay

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 targeted political advertising is not to be trusted

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:…

Even the most successful companies can be wrecked by idiots with MBAs

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, finance a film or give a fillip to forensics

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 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…

On landing, the pilot made an announcement so psychologically astute that I wanted to offer him a job

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…

How technology exacerbates 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…

Thank God for expensive lawyers!

25 February 2017 9:00 am

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

Calling all GPs: these 8am booking systems just drive up your workload

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…

Why does my teenage daughter want a £22 vinyl record?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I was at home enjoying an online episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers when my daughter interrupted me, wanting…

How time-saving technology destroys our productivity

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1929 John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2029 people in the developed nations could enjoy a perfectly civilised standard…

Keep death off the roads with an app

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Controversial I know, but I feel a little sympathy for Tomasz Kroker, the lorry driver jailed for ten years for…

The rich aren’t so different any more

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The traditional orange at the bottom of a Christmas stocking dates to a time when this was the only orange…