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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.

TWITTER

Fantasy energy politics, dependent on insane public subsidies and past-due delivery dates. So many better options.

Nuclear News@EuroNukeNews

@JanEbenholtz Not gonna happen.

"Robin Hood in Reverse". One of the original FIT lobby gang @AlanSimpson01 is horrified by @beisgovuk proposals. I rather think we all are @davetimms @Ed_Matthew1 @SebPBerry @JeremyLeggett

The government latest plan to 'steal' electricity from people's solar roofs calls for a huge public fight back.

Oh look here's @BorisJohnson making it clear his objection to the #ChequersPlan was it didn't give enough scope to tear up environmental protection (though actually it gives too much as it is).

Oh look here's @BorisJohnson making it clear his objection to the #ChequersPlan was it didn't give enough scope to tear up environmental protection (though actually it gives too much as it is).

If parliament passed a Bill saying..."Britain is the historic homeland of Christians and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it", would it be denounced as discriminatory/racist?
It's equivalent has just passed through the Knesset.

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