It’s all in the presentation

It’s all in the presentationDuring the first Gulf War, a video of a downed British pilot was broadcast by the Iraqis. Clearly delighted with their prize, his captors filmed the pilot reading from a prepared script about how sorry he was, that the USA was a wicked Satanic country, Saddam was a glorious leader, blah,…

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Institutional incompetence

Two national institutions have come in for a bit of a kicking this week. The BBC has been lambasted about the way in which Martin Bashir was able to trick his way into the interview of the century. Even if you grudgingly admire the lengths to which a journalist used nefarious means to get his…

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Order restorer

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

 A weekly email from Babylon pings in (odd, given Insight does not subscribe). The headline, It’s OK to not be OK: A therapist’s guide to “new normal” anxiety, is a timely reminder that it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and naturally that’s the email’s focus. The good news is we’re not alone in feeling anxious facing the “new normal life”…

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Doctor, hear thyself

GPs in a Derbyshire practice have got their stethoscopes in a right old twist, blaming the introduction of a new online triage system for the “doubling of demand” for their services. Which, they say, prevents them from continuing to provide a safe service. They’ve written an achingly long open letter which, on the face of…

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The news is getting worse

It pays to be careful what you wish for. After months of willing an end to the dreary and frequently frightening news about you-know-what, suddenly there’s a whole lot of “other news”. Much of which is almost as upsetting. For example, at the height of a national crisis in which many people have been financially…

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You win some, you lose some…

It’s been a week of losses and gains. The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater has lost the ability to sing – and therefore meet its mates. “They don’t get the chance to hang around with other honeyeaters and learn what they’re supposed to sound like,” explained a member of the Difficult Bird Research Group (yes, really).…

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Royal Variety Performances

Emanating from a communications consultancy, it would be quite odd for Insight not to comment on a week that has proved something of a right royal mash up. Starting with the most significant bit of royal news – namely the bust up between the King of morning TV and his erstwhile employers, ITV. His Royal Highhandedness, Piers Morgan, huffily…

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Obesity – stick or carrot?

It’s come to something when the Budget provides a welcome distraction from the relentless coverage of Covid. It turned out to be a relatively easy ride for our surefooted Chancellor. This could be down to a mostly empty House of Commons, the fact that most of his ideas had been leaked ages ago, or the inability…

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