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John Dales: Issue 607 12 Oct 2012

In what or whom do we trust?

Professional judgement needs to stand tall in the gap between modelling and opinion

John Dales

I'm writing this on the way back from a first-ever visit to a political party conference, in this case the Conservatives’. Given that I’d been invited to speak at a fringe event on the often-vexed subject of free parking, I was indebted to the Chancellor for having earlier set the scene by railing against a ‘something for nothing’ culture.

On the train up to Birmingham, I’d encountered a report in The Times headlined “DfT ‘could be sued over growth...

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