Ruggedly handsome, hugely wealthy, highly personable and feted by all, there is a lot to dislike about Sir James Dyson* but it has to be said that he's talking\u00a0a lot of sense when it comes to UK attitudes to technology.\nSir James's new report Ingenious Britain was commissioned by the Tories but that doesn't mean we can safely dismiss it. Rather than suggesting the odd fraction of\u00a0a point be diverted somewhere else and calling for 'awareness' campaigns, as is so often the case with these reports, the great man shouts from the rooftops for\u00a0radical change.\nHe wants R&D tax credits and other carrots\u00a0to go to startups rather than rewarding big firms, he wants nearly double the money for science\/tech postgrad researchers, and he wants more science teachers. Best of all, he wants our government to get on with the big projects rather than talking about them.\nSay it loud, Sir James. When you're of a certain age it is very dispiriting to read that plans to create, say,\u00a0a high-speed rail network will be ready by the time your coffin could be broken up for sleepers. Britain was once a country shaped by self-made men: engineers, scientists and other developers\u00a0brimming with ambition and drive. They\u00a0built products and infrastructure that\u00a0became the catalysts of the modern world.\nWe need an example for the next Swan, Stephenson, Brunel and we need to be able to compete with countries that encourage ingenuity rather than build statues to dead inventors. That means learning from places like the US\u00a0which dominates business software because it encourages people to try, and even to fail then try again.\nWe all know what works: let's get\u00a0on with it.\n*And I don't like the way fine dust rises from the unit when you empty the\u00a0chamber.