Fenton turns a shrewd and intelligent eye on a range of human activities. He's clear on what is the most unfair event to happen in most of our lifetimes — the fact that 'the people who caused the financial crisis got away pretty much scot-free'. He dislikes populism in politics. 'Populists govern for their base,' he remarks. 'Fair politicians govern for all.' And, refreshingly, he stands up for 'mainstream' media where, he argues, you are more likely to find fairness than 'in the brackish, polluted and unknowable tributaries and streams and springs of the internet'.