A Point of View - Trustworthiness Before Trust
Onora O'Neill reflects anew on the theme of trust, which was the subject of her Reith lectures.
Onora O'Neill reflects afresh on questions of trust, a decade after her Reith lectures on the subject. She argues that rather than asking, "how can we restore trust" in general, following recent scandals and failures, we should ask specific, practical questions about how better to measure trustworthiness. "Placing and refusing trust intelligently is not a matter of finding guarantees or proofs; we often have to assess complex and incomplete evidence, which the masters of spin and PR may be massaging to make things look better than they are." Systems of accountability or transparency can be ineffective or even counter-productive whereas easily assessable communication is "important and often indispensable." Producer: Sheila Cook.
- Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 8:50AM Sun, 9 Dec 2012
- Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
- First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 8:50PM Fri, 7 Dec 2012
- Duration 10 minutes