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Johan Norberg – Swedish Myths and Realities

The law requires academic freedom to be preserved and enhanced – but who does the policing?

Point of Order

Whose job is to check that university authorities comply with the Education Act 1989?

We ask because of the widely reported goings-on at Massey University, which have culminated in students being denied the chance to listen to Don Brash, former Governor of the Reserve Bank, former leader of the National Party, former leader of the ACT Party, and the best known member of Hobson’s Choice.

Section 161 of the Education Act deals with the academic freedom which has been imperilled at Massey.  It says:

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Don Brash and Massey revisited

croaking cassandra

I wanted to touch on three largely-unrelated points, two on the controversy, and one of what Don Brash was apparently going to say in his speech:

First, very briefly, much of the story has been written in terms of Massey’s Vice-Chancellor denying Don Brash the right to speak on campus.   As far as I can see, Don Brash doesn’t have any particular “right” to speak on campus, any more than you (assuming “you” aren’t a Massey student) or I do.  In that sense, the issue shouldn’t be about Don Brash –  although that is what Professor Thomas tried to make it about –  but about a Massey student society’s own freedom; the freedom to invite anyone they wish (operating within the law) to speak on campus.  That should probably be where the focus is, including  adding the question of whether Professor Thomas thinks she should also have the right…

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The UK smart meter transition: industry structure, market power, and interoperability

Knowledge Problem

The UK government started an energy digital smart meter rollout in 2008, an “… £11bn scheme to put 53m devices in 30m homes and small businesses by 2020” to yield an estimated gross benefit of £16.7bn. Calling the rollout a disaster would be generous — it’s behind schedule, about £1bn over budget, and full of technical and economic problems that make a fantastic public policy case study in what not to do. Good media reporting is bringing needed attention to what’s happening, but the media discussion is missing a lot of what the economic value proposition of meters can, and should, be.

These implementation problems have real consequences for British consumers, and could slow or undermine the substantial economic and environmental benefits associated with energy network digitization. Since early 2017, diligent reporters at the Daily Telegraph have investigated the problems and cost of having to replace millions of meters…

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