Martin Whitlock - political writings 2001-2004

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Ways of dying

9 February 2004

The news impact of violent or multiple killings drowns out the muffled toll of persistent premature death caused by illness and poverty. David Blunkett's proposals for a reduced burden of criminal proof in cases of terrorism is symptomatic of a tendency to prioritise the immediate and dramatic over long term, less sensational needs.

A risky business

22 December 2003

Governments cannot legislate against things going wrong, and efforts to reduce the number of failures below a certain level produce negative returns.

Losing at cards

20 October 2003

Civil society is complicated and messy. Giving everyone a piece of plastic with a number on it will not make it less so.

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