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‘Do Look Up’: a time to change everything

2022 is not going to be the year I turn into a film critic. But if you haven’t seen the film ‘Don’t Look Up’, do so now. This isn’t just because the film offers a terrific satire on the conflicting political influences of science and spin, or because there really is a meteorite heading Earth’s…

Democracy: the Writing on the Road

Forget the shenanigans about Tory Party partying, something far more insidious it taking place; something eating away at the foundations of British democracy. Socialised distraction is just a cover for doing so. As Boris Johnson knows all too well, insecurity is the handmaiden of authoritarianism. Create it and you erode public confidence in an array…

COP26 and ‘The Great Law of Peace’

Don’t blame them; the sherpas, the civil servants and Ministers. They did their best, struggling to get commitments (rather than conditional brackets) out of COP26 negotiations. Surviving on caffeine and little sleep, they genuinely tried to get something meaningful past fossil fuel lobbyists and national vetoes. In the end, everyone had something to grumble about.…

Living in the Overshoot

“Don’t choose extinction”. This was the simple advice offered by a dinosaur in the UN’s CGI video message to global leaders. The question is whether any have the sense to heed it. The chaotic upheavals surrounding Glasgow’s COP26 gathering suggest the message is not getting through fast enough. To be fair, there were hopeful signs.…

Keystone COPout

Sometimes there are events that make you rail in anger. Others make you weep. Reading the government’s plethora of ‘net zero’ policy papers ahead of November’s COP26 climate conference, I could barely hold back the tears. It wasn’t their lack of ambition but the absence of a route map (with sufficient resources and urgency) that…

Men (and Women) in Dark Times

In her book Men in Dark Times, the philosopher Hannah Arendt coined the notion of inner emigration. What was it that stood in the way of so many prominent/influential people challenging the rise of Hitlerism or organising escape routes from it? From the biographies she explored, Arendt concluded that many found the external realities of…

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Alan's Eco House

Turning a derelict lace hall into an eco home in the middle of Nottingham had some important reasons. It was always how I wanted to live. It was something I had bleated on about for years but not got round to doing...

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Transformation Moment

My pamphlet 'Transformation Moment' is intended to support the case for a radical shift in energy thinking; as much about democracy as technology, and about 'systems' rather than just supply.

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Whereas once Patel gets her policing bill through Parliament, if the elderly want to peacefully protest about losing the BBC, they will actually be given prison sentences.

… Dump Sizewell C and the Nuclear Financing Bill (which would put expensive electricity charges on peoples bills ‘decades’ before the electricity would arrive).
Renewables - better, quicker, cheaper, cleaner.

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How to smooth over the energy price shock

Will the government try to defer soaring energy costs to cushion bill-payers?

www.bbc.co.uk

anyway if you are out there and you feel sad and angry because you maybe feel like what you sacrificed didn't matter: it did matter. We ordinary people, quietly doing the right thing, mattered. We took care of each other even when they were laughing at us for it.

What is an agent? When I was an MP there were almost 100 ‘secondees’ from Big Energy inside govt, all writing the script of how to pay them subsidies (including the crazy CfD’s for new nuclear). Perhaps all should be classed as ‘agents of a foreign power’.

@AlanSimpson01 MPs shouldn't need outside funding, shouldn't be beholden to anyone other than the nation and their constituents.

the tiny minority of english people who viscerally hate wind turbines and the politicians who capitulated to them have played an important part in keeping Britain dependent on gas imports and exposed to price shocks like the one now underway

Energy price crisis ‘fuelled by Britain dragging feet on renewables’

‘It would still be bad, but it wouldn’t be as bad,’ think tank economist says

www.independent.co.uk

These are the anti-democratic, authoritarian measure UK government want to impose through Police Bill

It's worrying @UKLabour aren't sure whether they should oppose them or not

Are they actually just as authoritarian as the bunch currently in charge?
https://t.co/3HMhWCBUI9

These are the anti-democratic, authoritarian measure UK government want to impose through Police Bill

It's worrying @UKLabour aren't sure whether they should oppose them or not

Are they actually just as authoritarian as the bunch currently in charge? 
https://t.co/3HMhWCBUI9
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