Ask Me Anything

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Ask me a riddle and I reply
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Ask me anything! Today I will be taking questions from readers on any subject you like – current affairs, history, books, favourite pizza(1) – and I will do my best to answer entertainingly, insightfully and concisely, or at least some combination of those three.

As well as the chance to give you the opportunity to ask me about things you want to hear about – and potentially to get to! I’m keen to build up the commenting community here (rather than just on Facebook or Twitter), so I hope this will help do that – as well as leading me to think and write about some topics I otherwise wouldn’t have.

To ask a question, anyone who is subscribed to the website (which is free, and can be done by entering your email address in the block below) should simply leave their question as a comment below this post. You do not need to give your real name. I will then answer the questions in a follow-up post next week.

Ask away! No question too zany!

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Will you answer any question?

I’ll try to answer any question asked in good faith. I won’t answer a question if it would breach a confidence that’s not mine to share, or if it’s so taboo that just writing about it can get you in trouble.

I’m happy to answer most personal questions, but there may be the odd one which I’ll skirt around.

In general, I’ll try to answer part of a question rather than none at all, or something related, or, at worst, say I won’t answer. But the odds are I will, so ask away.

Can I ask you about something you know nothing about?

Yes, but don’t be surprised if the answer is very short!

How long will each answer be?

I’m anticipating one to three paragraphs, but I reserve the right to vary this.

Can I ask more than one question?

Yes. If you do I’ll choose which one to answer.

How do I ask my question?

Please write it as a comment below this post.

Do I have to give my real name when leaving a comment?


Why do I have to be subscribed to ask a question?

I’m trying to build a community of regular readers of this blog. Those who have subscribed are typically the most loyal readers and it seems fair to give something back.

It’s free to subscribe and will continue to be so – it just means you get an email notifying you each time I post.

OK, so what happens if I do subscribe?

You simply get an email each time I write a new post.

I won’t use your email for any other purpose and you can unsubscribe at any time.

So I can subscribe, ask my question and then unsubscribe?

If you want to ask me a specific question so badly but don’t want to receive updates about anything else I write then yes, there is nothing stopping you doing this.

What question should I ask?

Anything you like! Ask away…

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(1) Pepperoni and black olive.

8 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything

  1. If you knew everything that you know now, and could travel back to 2019 you, would you tell them to still back Boris?

  2. Your thoughts on the next election. Specifically, what do you think each main party’s “angle” will be and what those parties need to say/do to get YOUR vote. Constraints: assume no change in party leaders before the election, no further scandals or major world events that could sway the narrative. So in essence, if the campaigns started tomorrow and the election was held this summer.

  3. I’ve been in touch with this one before, Iain, but can’t resist asking you here and now – has Brexit been a success?

  4. Do you support dropping the use of GDP as the yardstick by which the economic (and wider) success of nations is measured and evaluated? What would be a better alternative?

  5. What advice would you give to a mid-ranking (G7 or G6) civil servant in the policy profession who wants to have a successful career within it?

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