Kelvin Chamunorwa considers divided opinions and encourages debate
I am sure that many of you came across 'The Dress'. If not, Google it - it divided the internet some weeks ago. At first, when I was invited to a colleague's desk where a handful of other workmates were already gathered, it seemed that Friday afternoon banter had degenerated to debating the colours of a dress. It turned out to be an optical illusion but it was fascinating to see how difficult it was to change someone's view
The political world is also not black and white. In the run-up to the UK general election next month, the voting public is largely divided across a number of the political parties, so there's a high possibility of no outright majority. I recently came across a debate on the radio about the appropriate number of kitchens in the home of a prime minister, in what seemed like a far-fetched effort to differentiate the candidates.
Paul Kennedy, an actuary running for a seat as an MP in these elections, writes on poll matters with more substance. He discusses how he tackles the challenges of changing opinions in his favour, and how his actuarial background has been relevant when addressing the various issues his constituency faces (p8).
Darryl Boulton's last two articles in The Actuary have stirred a number of responses from readers, two of which are included in the Letters page overleaf.
I'd be interested in your thoughts on Boulton's latest instalment, about hidden charges (p30).
The Actuary is a great conduit for discussion across the global actuarial profession, and also for those with an interest in the work we do.
On a personal note, my two-year term as editor concludes in December and so the search for a successor begins. If this opportunity interests you,
I would encourage you to get in touch to explore what the role entails. For me, it has certainly been a fascinating experience so far - one that I will look back upon with fond memories. In the meantime, let's continue debating.