Ad Populum

Noel Coward once declared that “Television is not for watching; it is for being on.” The social activist Mary Whitehouse didn’t like much of what was on it in the 1960’s, and famously held the Director-General of … Continue reading

A part of the main

“What does Island 41 mean?” is a question that I have been asked more than a few times over the last twenty years. When I started the company in 1995, I knew that I wanted to avoid using my … Continue reading

Brexile

A colleague of mine once beautifully articulated the distance that can exist between a decision and a consequence by saying, “I am the best judge of my intentions and you are the best judge of my impact.” He … Continue reading

Ambiguity

‘Fedspeak’ is the term given to the coded and careful language often used by the US Federal Reserve to prevent financial markets from overreacting to its announcements and remarks. It has been most notably used by … Continue reading

'The Cassandra Complex' reproduced by kind permission of Jen Allanson

Cassandra’s Curse

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy who, on refusing Apollo’s advances, was cursed for the rest of her life to accurately predict events but never be believed. When … Continue reading

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