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Matt Ridley
Writer, rational optimist, peer, Northumbrian. Keen on science, evolution, innovation, 'ideas having sex'. New book coming in May:
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The Free Speech Union 2h
We may disagree with your choice of hot beverage; but we will defend to the death your right to drink it.
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Kit Malthouse MP 3h
If you’re listening folks, we all heartily agree.
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The argument for free speech, and the need to defend it afresh today, ably expounded by of the .
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Michael Tannenbaum 14h
damn, I’m less in shape than an actual pig
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Matt Ridley 3h
"If Brussels carries on with its bizarre behaviour, Britain has no choice but to ditch talks."
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Yorkshire Tea 22h
Replying to @sulaAlice
Sue, you're shouting at tea. Please do look after yourself and try to be kind to others. We're going to mute you now.
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HumanProgress.org 8h
When pundits claim that the earth is being irreversibly destroyed, they ignore the lessons of the past and the promise of the future.
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HumanProgress.org 7h
The development of Golden Rice was delayed for years due to concerns from anti-GMO activists. In that time, many people died or went blind due to malnutrition that could have been avoided. This is one example of the hidden costs of "caution" in policy.
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Willis Eschenbach 4h
Replying to @WEschenbach
2/2 Next, here are the annual CO2 emissions for the UK and the rest of the world ... I understand that going to Net Zero by 2050 will cost £3 TRILLION. Total UK Gov't revenue in 2018 was £0.6 trillion. As an outsider, I gotta ask ... have y'all gone totally barmy? w.
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Rupert Darwall 13h
'It was freedom, not state direction, that caused both Victorian Britain and modern California to be hotbeds of innovation ... Necessity is not the mother of invention. Ambition is' - .
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Matt Ridley 13h
Even today, beyond throwing money at scientists in the hope they might start businesses, and subsidies at businesses in the hope they might deliver products, we don’t have much of an idea how to encourage innovation at the political level:
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Matt Ridley 15h
The invention of trade was a crucial part of human evolution. I discussed when it happened, and much more, with and :
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Matt Ridley 16h
Replying to @mattwridley
It is also available for download:
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Matt Ridley 17h
Another chance to hear the superb interview with the superlative at 930pm this evening on BBC Radio 4.
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Ben Pile 18h
The body tasked with designing the UK's "carbon budgets" for the next 30 years, at a cost of £trillions cannot respond to scrutiny, yet Parliament believes that it is "independent" and "evidence-based". Democracy is finished in this country.
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Matt Ridley 18h
Trying to pretend that government is the main actor in the process of innovation, let alone one with directed intentionality, is an essentially creationist approach to an essentially evolutionary phenomenon:
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David C Bannerman 18h
Very sorry to hear Steve is stepping aside from Chair of ERG. He has been a true Brexit hero; and it was an honour to work with him as Co-Chairman of CfB. But he will be contributing in new ways, especially in the economic area where he has some radical & interesting thinking.
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Matt Ridley 19h
Remember a contract for difference is not an obligation to supply at that price
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Matt Ridley 19h
Replying to @mattwridley
"A Policy Exchange report observed evidence of 'a chilling effect' upon the free expression of students who hold non-mainstream political views; the Legatum Institute’s index ranked the UK only 17th in the world for freedom of speech, a decline over the previous decade."
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Matt Ridley 20h
"We’re leading the charge against thought police"
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