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Ian Leslie is a writer, author of CURIOUS: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, and writer/presenter of BBC R4's Before They Were Famous.
I admit the case of Jeffrey Epstein tests my conspiracy scepticism to the limit.
Boris Johnson seems to have got to the top without being qualified for anything much except messing up his hair and burbling in a manner that tickles voters.
Some think that ideas are out there, waiting for the right recipient. If one is bestowed upon you, either work on it or accept it may move on to someone else
He is at the centre of power for the first time, courtesy of a man who embodies everything he despises about politics
In the UK, the Labour leadership and its most prominent supporters have a Warrior mindset. In the US, the social justice movement is Warrior-led.
The B-side that sparked Elton John's rise to global fame uncovers the paradox at the heart of audience taste and the power of the "almost normal".
From how a zip works to Brexit, we often pretend we understand complex problems. But simplism has become a doctrine – and it is ruining our politics.
When we rely on machines, they resist us.
Perhaps there were relatively few hoarders in the past because not many could afford the space. These days, everyone with broadband is a potential hoarder.
The social network makes MPs do their jobs differently: they commit to views more hastily, burn relationships and shun nuance.