When Donald Trump is apoplectic with Boris Johnson in a phone call it’s a bit difficult to know where one’s sympathies lie. I guess that we know that Donald Trump is pretty certainly irredeemably bad whereas Boris Johnson has time to amaze us with good things in future. But it did mean that for a while two of my least-favoured public figures were dealing with each other rather than the rest of us.
The argument was about Huawei and 5G.
I don’t really know what 5G is except it is said to be what we all need to get even better phone performance. I’m not quite sure what this performance is but apparently I really want it.
Occasionally I get emails, unsolicited ones, from people telling me that 5G is a disaster for people and wildlife. These emails often have LOTS OF CAPITAL LETTERS and !!!!!!!!!!!! marks ( and in a previous time of life, such messages used to arive by post they tended to be written in green ink). That doesn’t make them wrong but it does create a certain impression and they tend to get deleted. But I glance at some of them, and usually find them unimpressive.
But just because someone’s advocacy is for whatever reason unconvincing it doesn’t necessarily mean that their concern is wrong. Maybe there is more or better evidence which could be put in a more convincing way.
I can recall times in the past when I was told that GM crops would kill us all and that they were a panacea for farmland wildlife, and when I was told that neonicotinoids were the cause of all songbird declines and the salvation of wildlife in arable areas. In neither case was it quite that simple. And, incidentally, as often written by me here, it’s not that simple with people either, even Trump and Johnson.
But back to 5G. A very quick internet search provides plenty of articles with fewer upper case letters and exclamation marks which point to some concerns over 5G – see here, here, here – but I still don’t feel I know enough.