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Opinion: The postcode lottery – why freedom to be different is a good thing

Few things are more likely to generate a round of applause at a public meeting than condemning the so-called postcode lottery. And of course random unfairness in the quality of a service – the ‘lottery’ aspect – is a bad thing, especially if people are paying the same but getting worse outcomes.

But what about difference – where one part of the country or one neighbourhood does things differently compared to another? What if it’s not a lottery but a choice?

And if people have freedom to do things differently and better, can we accept the risk they’ll not succeed and things …

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Trial and error is the most successful problem solving technique

So said Tim Harford (known to many as the presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less as well as a distinguished economics writer) last night at the Royal Society of Arts. Harford was kicking-off a week long series of talks to promote his new book, Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure and was making the point that the modern world is too complex for us to hope to solve many problems by simply getting the best brains to think up the one answer. A far better route to take is to experiment with many different solutions and see …

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  • Hauwa Usman
    First of all there are many Lib dem members living outside the UK and Europe, in about 17 different countries; USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Niger...
  • Colin Bloodworth
    One final blast in response to the many comments: I was glad to read some of the comments because they highlight the misconceptions many have about people wh...
  • Denis Mollison
    I agree with Chris...
  • James Fowler
    The Conservatives have an almost total arm lock on the pensioner vote, and this scheme is clearly intended to utilize that hegemony. Few pensioners abroad are l...
  • Chris
    @Brad Barrows. Thank you for your response, Mr Barrows. I was unaware of any "informal commitments", by the West. To be quite frank, it is my belief that the...