Risky business

The world loves a bogeyman.  And Kim Jong Un certainly fits the bill. But the fallout from the alleged hacking of Sony by North Korea has revealed much about how governments, corporations and individuals view the subject of risk. Certainly emails have been swiped, to the intense annoyance or schadenfreude-tinged fascination of participants in, and…

Crime data reveal a very British attitude to theft

To interact with this data sheet click here. According to the recently released Crime Survey of England and Wales recorded crime levels are falling, which is a good thing. Dig further and the data for the last decade reveal curious insights into the changing nature of crime against the person. Perceptions that such crime is…

Sir Richard Branson quietly shelves Virgin submarine plan

By Robert Mendick and Dominic Nicholls Virgin Oceanic’s DeepFlight Challenger submarine, whose mission was described by Sir Richard Branson as “the last great challenge for humans”, has been mothballed. Sir Richard Branson has quietly shelved his latest adventure: an ambitious plan to pilot a submarine to the deepest points of the world’s five oceans. The entrepreneur…

Hearts and minds

The report into the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme is a grim read. Not because it is 524 pages long, or that this heavily redacted offering to the public is tiny compared to the more than 6,700 pages of the full classified Committee Study. Rather, it is grim because it is real. Think Homeland was…

Tony Blair’s charity rich list

By Robert Mendick and Dominic Nicholls A trawl of documents reveals how Tony Blair used donations from wealthy friends – as well as the US taxpayer and the Swedish lottery – to bankroll his charities They are among Tony Blair’s closest — and richest — friends. A small cadre of wealthy benefactors have helped to…

Man versus Machine

“We have not let technology run away with our ethics.”  So says a senior British Army Officer in the UK’s Ministry of Defence when quizzed about drones; the catch-all descriptor for unmanned aerial vehicles. But his comment hints at a nervousness in senior political and military circles of an erosion of public support due to the…