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The boys in the bubble

Two completely different articles on two wildly different subjects piqued my attention and had me wondering about insularity and groupthink in major organisations. Australia has been gripped by the ball tampering scandal in cricket, and in an excellently researched and incisive analysis, Jane Cadzow of The Age has gone to the heart of why a clean cut, universally respected hero like Australian captain Steve Smith would sanction blatant cheating. The whole world has been impacted by the banking meltdown of 2007 and the wonderful Andrew Hill is now asking if bankers have forgotten the lessons of the past (spoiler alert: they have). How are these related? In both cases you have groups of – almo

Whatever happened to the likely facts?

Greg Clark, the business secretary, has been reluctant to become too embroiled in energy issues since it became part of his brief. But in recent weeks he couldn’t put off making decisions any more. So, in quick succession he is: Backing fracking development - in conjunction with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – by revising planning guidance; Approving a financial deal to support the building of the Wyfla Nuclear Power Station in Anglesey; Expected to reject a deal for the Swansea Bay tidal power project. It is tempting to see this as a poke in the eye for the green lobby. We have seen not only Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Green Party, but also sections

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