Below I have provided a great deal of background information about my views on a number of current issues. Most of the material is in the form of opinion articles and letters I have submitted to newspapers (not all published), speaking notes for meetings, and letters to public bodies and committees.

The notes and articles are reproduced here in the original form as written over the last three or four years. In a few cases I would probably modify what I said then but in general the views expressed are ones I would still support.