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Embracing the Unthinkable

It wasn’t the 130 forest fires raging across the USA that got to me, nor the UK’s moorland fires, the torrential storms hitting Belfast with 2 months rain in 2 hours, the lightning strikes that took out train signalling systems across the North of England, or the gales causing widespread travel disruptions. What stopped me…

When the war is over

When I was a child there was a low wall not far from my nan’s house. It was lined with the nobbled ‘knuckles’ of what had once been an iron-railing fence. Her explanation of why this was all that remained was very matter of fact. “It went as part of the war effort” she told us.

Labour’s ‘Maginot Line’ Moment

It was one of the biggest infrastructure projects in human history. For much of the 1930’s, and at a cost of 3.3bn francs, France built itself a 900-mile network of tunnels, underground bunkers…

Slowing the Flow: Facing the drift into climate crisis

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.” (Greek proverb) Britain has 5.5 million men, and 6.5 million women, who are of pensionable age.

‘More Time for Politics’ – a never ending tribute

It is 4 years since the death of my friend and mentor, Tony Benn. I could argue that he turns up in every article I write, but that’s a poor substitute for the daily conversations into which he poured tea and optimism in equally copious quantities.

Dance me to the end of love – an economics for tomorrow.

It was a message to warm the heart; a daughter thanking the care worker who took the time to dance with her dementia-suffering dad at the end of each home visit.

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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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Hunt: "Don't mistake politeness for weakness". Wouldn't "Don't mistake stupidity for strength" be a better description of the mess they're making?

The answer is easy. Labour (and the press) have to focus on the big issues that must urgently re-shape politics if we're to avoid runaway climate breakdown. Do this and we'll all discover there's a long way to go before we reach 'Peak Corbyn'.

Stephen Bush@stephenkb

Polls look bad for Labour. The only way they could win the election is if the government stumbled into some kind of political and economic crisis. https://t.co/S1QHDtjdNN

EU humiliation: a furious Theresa May insists Britain will still jump, with or without a parachute.
There is a point where leadership crosses into lunacy, and the leaders fail to notice. Wisdom is knowing when NOT to follow.

Get a grip, Jim. You're great on big issues, but when Shortbread and Rich Tea don't count as straight answers to your biscuit question, Houston has a problem.

Get a grip, Jim. You're great on big issues, but when Shortbread and Rich Tea don't count as straight answers to your biscuit question, Houston has a problem.
Get a grip, Jim. You're great on big issues, but when Shortbread and Rich Tea don't count as straight answers to your biscuit question, Houston has a problem.
Jim Pickard@PickardJE

turns out neither Corbyn nor McDonnell can give a straight answer when asked by Mumsnet about their favourite biscuit

Hardly an endorsement. Publicly, Frackers said the US' huge tectonic plates meant 'fugitive' emissions were not a problem. Privately, they didn't give a stuff. We don't have that option...and nor does the planet.

Ken Patrick@ochkenny

@GayLabourYorkie @JamesAnthonyRN @hannahjoinson1 @AlanSimpson01 @RLong_Bailey @guardian And yet ex President Obama allowed it throughout his two terms.

Beyond Boris' huffing and puffing, I can't work out why membership of the WTO doesn't count as the same surrender of sovereignty? Perhaps corporate feudalism is his preferred form of surrender.

GeorgeMonbiot@GeorgeMonbiot

He also seems to have forgotten William of Orange. Don't they teach them anything at Eton? https://t.co/RK7W5gZOsl

Labour's position on #fracking is unequivocal: we will ban it. I have recently visited communities opposed to fracking in Lancashire, as have John McDonnell and Barry Gardiner. 1/

Labour is divided over its proposed fracking ban – Cuadrilla chief

Accusation comes only weeks before the UK’s first fracking in seven years

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Something we are assured won't happen on Planet Mogg and/or that Labour recidivists will claim to be entirely Corbyn's fault. Time for some serious politics?

Something we are assured won't happen on Planet Mogg and/or that Labour recidivists will claim to be entirely Corbyn's fault. Time for some serious politics?
Damian Carrington@dpcarrington

BBC News - 'Climate change moving faster than we are,' says UN Secretary General https://t.co/8QaoFwsTbP via @BBCNews

Spot on. It really is sad that when Labour MPs sit at the edge of an ecological precipice, with no plans for dealing with extreme weather events (let alone extreme divides between rich and poor) and claim that Corbyn (not their emptiness) is the problem.

(((Dawn Butler MP)))@DawnButlerBrent

I have literally spent all of life fighting racism. And today is a sad day @UKLabour is NOT institutionally racist. If it was I would go. @ChukaUmunna & Trevor Phillips interventions are disappointing. Windrush, hostile environment that's a clear example of a racist institution.

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