Rodrik on protectionism; Tories and climate change; my son's a blogger; medicine v aid; regulating the banks; good news on HIV and piano stairs: links I liked

Dani Rodrik, who has tragically abandoned his blog due to a combination of work pressures and spammers, takes aim at groupthink on protectionism and the crisis. See what a blogging subset of Tories think about David Cameron’s recent speech on climate change. Looks like he’s got his work cut out. Proud father time – son Finlay came with me to Bangladesh recently and wrote this lovely piece for the Oxfam yoof page. Wish I could write like that. Bill Easterly wonders why critical research is welcomed in medicine, and abused/ignored in aid. ‘Either we impose a credible threat of bankruptcy, or institutions we have to support are made safer, or, better, we have both of these. Open-ended insurance of weakly regulated institutions that take complex gambles is intolerable.’ Martin Wolf gives a brilliant overview of the case for much tougher bank regulation. HIV treatment rates The Economist passes on some glass-half-full news on HIV – 42% of those who need the drugs are now actually receiving them, a massive impr ovement on recent years (see other chart) And finally, making healthy options more fun – piano stairs – but don’t you hate the corporate branding? [h/t Jo Rowlands] ]]>

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