Why I Changed My Mind

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01Mark Lynas20150204

In this series Dominic Lawson interviews people who have changed their mind on controversial matters.

This week he asks the environmentalist Mark Lynas, who was once a prominent figure in direct actions to destroy genetically modified crops, why he now advocates for GM technology and what the reaction has been from his former allies.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

02Tim Montgomerie20150211

In this series Dominic Lawson interviews people who have changed their mind on controversial matters.

This week he asks Tim Montgomerie, founder of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, why he has abandoned his opposition to same-sex marriage and about the emotional backlash.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

03Sean O'callaghan20150218

Dominic Lawson asks Sean O'Callaghan about why and how he left the IRA.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

0201Trevor Phillips2016042420160427 (R4)

was for nine years head of the Commission for Racial Equality and then the Equality and Human Rights Commission. But he became deeply unpopular with some former colleagues and supporters after he revealed he had become convinced there were deep problems with the policy of multi-culturalism.

Dominic Lawson asks him why he altered his views and what he felt about the reaction it provoked. In an emotional interview they discuss child protection and the murder of Victoria Climbie, trans-racial adoption, the expression of prejudice, the use of racial epithets, Britishness and integration.

"Why I Changed My Mind" is a series in which Dominic explores how and why prominent individuals have modified their views on controversial topics.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

Dominic Lawson asks Trevor Phillips why he abandoned support for multiculturalism.

0202Prof Edzard Ernst2016050420160512 (R4)

Dominic Lawson talks to Edzard Ernst, who was once the world's first professor of complementary medicine, about why he abandoned his belief in homeopathy, the reaction his change of mind provoked, and how it led to a dispute with the office of the Prince of Wales.

"Why I Changed My Mind" is a series in which Dominic explores how and why prominent individuals have modified their views on controversial topics.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

0203Prof Deirdre Mccloskey20160511

Dominic Lawson asks the distinguished American academic Professor Deirdre McCloskey why she changed her views on politics and economics, her faith in God, and her gender.

"Why I Changed My Mind" is a series in which Dominic explores how and why prominent individuals have modified their views on controversial topics.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

0204Sir Stephen Wall20160518

was one of Britain's leading diplomats, having been the UK's representative to the EU and Tony Blair's adviser on European policy in Downing Street. A practising Catholic for most of his life, after leaving the diplomatic service he worked as principal adviser to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster. But after that he discarded his faith, and later in his late sixties came out as gay. Dominic Lawson asks him why he changed his mind.

"Why I Changed My Mind" is a series in which Dominic explores how and why prominent individuals have modified their views on controversial topics.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.

0205Peter Hitchens20160525

is a prominent and trenchant conservative writer. But as a young man, he was a deeply committed Trotskyist. Dominic Lawson talks to him about how and why his political views have changed over the years, and whether in fact his old and new beliefs have something in common.

"Why I Changed My Mind" is a series in which Dominic explores how and why prominent individuals have modified their views on controversial topics.

Producer: Martin Rosenbaum.