I am, as our son and daughter put it, risk-averse – which is to say, I try to spot problems before they hit me between the eyes. It is true. But it’s also true that I find not knowing, uncertainty and complexity strangely attractive. I’m not keen, for example, when people misinform; mess up statistics; or go for over-simple explanations. The threat of covid-19 is reinforcing the clear fact that we humans are interdependent with regards to the planet and each other. When it comes to UK, European and World policy and action we need new ideas not old criticisms and hostilities. We need to press as hard as we can to find new meaning and sense. I don’t think sticking with the old ways will serve us well.