Risk, regulation and red tape

In this must watch debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas Josie Appleton tells us risk is no longer about the dangers we face but seeing unregulated life itself as risky. Everywhere the mantra is the same: ‘Better safe than sorry.’ How do we properly assess safety in an age in which both private and public bodies are encouraged to imagine the worst possible outcome, rather than prepare for what’s probable? Is ‘covering your back’ OK or the antithesis of the trust, common sense and solidarity we need?