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MONTHLY ARCHIVES: December 2015

Quote of the day

“There is no such thing as ‘the facts of the case.’ There is only a very selective subset of the overall mass of data to which one has been subjected that one takes as facts and judges to be relevant to the question at issue.” Richards J. Heuer, Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, CIA, 1999

Bombing ISIL – a striking debate

Yesterday’s day-long debate in the House of Commons on extending RAF airstrikes against ISIL from Iraq into Syria was won by the government with 397 votes ‘for’ and 223 ‘against’. Which is excellent news of course, because at long last we can do our duty to our our own security, to our allies and to civilisation. But there is a far darker side to this debate: the very fact that we actually had to have it, further aggravated by how ‘difficult’ the final decision proved to be for many of our elected MPs. This says a great deal about our thinking and our society today. The case […]

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