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For the Many … and the One

If there are seminal moments in politics, Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the 2018 Labour Conference will go down as one of then. This was when the planet took centre stage.

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 …

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.

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.


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...


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.


What fraudulent claims surrounding the government's 'Green GB week'. For the record
- most post-1990 cuts in UK emissions came from the 2008 crash and from exporting jobs
- if you include aviation, shipping and imports, Britain's post-1990 CO2 cuts are ZERO.

Govt asks Climate Change Cttee for advice on how to cut UK CO2 emissions to 'net zero'. IPCC says 50% of these cuts must be by 2030. But Govt insists 'no recommendations pre-2032'!
It's like offering Titanic survivors advice on how ships can avoid icebergs.

This has to be Labour's moment. Defeating the Tories would force an election or the 'Peoples' Vote'. Labour MPs failing to do so surely can't expect to retain the PLP whip.
Brexit: David Davis calls for cabinet rebellion

Theresa May and David Davis

Davis calls for cabinet Brexit rebellion

The former Brexit secretary says Theresa May's plans will prevent the UK striking new trade deals.

A Buddhist friend tells me this is our 'holding the pain' moment. Facing the reality of how negligent our society has become is tough. Tinkering is no longer an option. Only transformational change will work. This is our moment. Hug, smile and stay with it.

Ruth Davis@ruthdavis27

A hard week for those who've been battling climate change all their working lives. Don't despair! You are making a big difference @crisortunity @James_BG @KeithAllott @jossgarman @benstewart999 and many others. Faster bigger sooner cheaper better smarter! On we go 🙂

How dumb would this be? A defeat would push the alternative of a general election or second referendum. These 'dithering' MPs would fit better in a Tuppaware party than a political one.

Adam Payne@adampayne26

FT and Times both report that up to 30 Labour MPs could defy Corbyn and vote for May's Brexit deal — could well be the numbers the PM needs to get it through

Start from the IPCC report. The UK will have to cut its CO2 emissions in half, within 10 years. That's about 15% p.a. Farmers, along w everyone else will have a carbon budget to work within. Do the maths. Meat becomes a naff way to blow (!!) your budget.

Jamie Gollings@jamiegollings

@AlanSimpson01 Alan, hope you're well - I wondered what your/Labour's stance was on meat/dairy consumption and how we can support people (in UK and beyond) reducing consumption? Big, fascinating topic. Some interesting suggestions here eg subsidies

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