The University of Sydney is so keen to get women into engineering, it has lowered the bar for entry for girls. As of next year, they will get 10 additional entry points to encourage them to apply. Is it a great initiative to tackle chronic under-representation of women in tech fields? Or is it a colossal blunder that insults women and casts a shadow over those who made it on merit under the normal system? Let’s discuss.
Last week, BBC’s Hard Talk programme featured Extinction Rebellion founder Roger Hallam. During the interview he said that the science predicts mass starvation leading to the inevitable collapse of capitalism within the next ten years. He added that we would likely see the death of 6 billion people within fifty to seventy years. Was he right? We look at the science.
The UK’s new gender stereotyping ad ban delivers up its first transgressors – adverts for Philadelphia cheese and Volkswagen. We have a look at each, and ask what is the harm the Advertising Standards Agency is meant to be protecting us from, and is this effective action to change society for the better or nanny state government at its worst?
UK National treasure and professional crotchety old bloke, Michael Buerk, provoked outrage and even some nuanced discussion with a column arguing that obese people should be left alone. And if that means they die early, that’s fine because it means the national health service will save money. Controversial, or common sense? Let’s discuss!
Esteemed actor Mark Rylance has resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company because of its longstanding sponsorship deal with oil giant BP, who he directly blames for climate change. Another esteemed actor, Maureen Lipman, has called his moral stance “jolly silly”. Who’s right? – and should campaigners be focusing on BP’s sponsorships in the first place?
In the UK, we are now at the end of the big Easter period of action for Extinction Rebellion. It hit the headlines big time, got everybody talking. So was I right or wrong in my previous video, where I said that their approach was hurting, not helping?
More importantly, what was the rather surprising element I learned since that video that most of the general public don't know, and even a good portion of those that took part in the protests probably don't either?
Socially responsible businesses want to provide equal opportunities for all their employees. And even those that don't much care about their social responsibilities have to obey the law, which rightly makes it illegal to pay men and women different rates for completely comparable and equivalent jobs.
Many modern protest movements claim inspiration from the great movements of the past - specifically those led by Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. But they consistently fail to learn the lessons of those historical successes.
One side on the climate change debate thinks that the science is completely on its side. The other side thinks that it's faked, or misrepresented. Neither side is following the evidence and then forming its opinion, because that's not how our brains work!