Articles written by Simon Wilson

The future of the gig economy

It was hailed by boosters as the future of work, but court rulings are increasingly throwing a spanner in the works. Is the gig over for platform providers? 

18/05/2019 11/05/2019 04/05/2019

In praise of idleness

Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire, thinks 12-hour work days are a “blessing”. Bertrand Russell thought four hours were plenty. Who’s right? Simon Wilson reports.

27/04/2019

Should we fear “insectageddon”?

The world’s insect population is facing mass extinction by the end of the century, according to some experts. That would have catastrophic implications. Is it true? Simon Wilson reports.

06/04/2019 30/03/2019

China’s demographic crisis

In 2015, the 1979 policy allowing couples to only have one child was reversed. But the birth rate has continued to fall, which bodes ill for the economy and social stability. Simon Wilson reports.

23/03/2019 16/03/2019 09/03/2019

America’s opioid addiction crisis

Opioid overdoses killed more people in the US in 2017 than were killed during the whole of the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, prescriptions are on the rise in Britain too. Simon Wilson reports.

02/03/2019
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