In probably the best long feature I've read this year, Amelia Gentleman visits the infamous Glasgow estate of Easterhouse - which kick-started Iain Duncan Smith on his crusade to help fix 'broken Britain'. Despite being a 'popular destination for politicians and celebrities on poverty tours', Gentleman writes, things have hardly got any better since it came under the spotlight.
That's a bit of an exaggeration of John Kay's argument, but it's not far off. He says that the principle of 'obliquity' - the idea that complex goals are often best pursued indirectly - means that directly pursuing a goal will not be as successful as going at it in a round-about way.
News satire show Newswipe has returned to BBC4 for a second series, presented by the seemingly ubiquitous Charlie Brooker (it's in a similar vein to his Screenwipe - about TV). The first series was certainly worth watching, mostly for the guest segments (the best of which were by Adam Curtis and Peter Oborne). Funny - and occasioanally quite thought-provoking stuff.