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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.

Rage, a wage, and the machine

In a thought-provoking Guardian article – ‘As robots take our jobs, we need something else’ – George Monbiot argued that the the future for humanity lies in voluntary work…

Politics and the Vassal State: a game of two halves

You know a government is in trouble when it’s MPs start attacking each other with metaphors and acronyms. Gone are the days when MPs jousted with swords;


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.


Early Christmas present: if Theresa May survives the 'no confidence' vote she cannot be challenged again for at least a year. The Tories are stuck with her. Bless.

For the record, what we face is a climate emergency not a Tory party emergency. MPs must be reminded that they risk screwing up something much bigger than their own careers.

Tories about to decide whether No Leader is better than a Bad Leader. Fools Britannia.

Watching the antics of Conservative MPs this morning, you'd be tempted to suggest that local authority care proceedings would be more appropriate than letting them run the country.

Theresa May warns that a second referendum "risks dividing the country". Her decision to hold a snap general election did much the same, but then she called it 'democracy'. We could not be in a greater state of disarray. Let the public decide.

European Court of Justice says Britain does not have to do Brexit 'jump without a parachute'. Brexiteers insist we must - 'there's a whole world of free-fall trade agreements just waiting to catch us'. Would rather believe in Santa.

Safe politics? So, May has opted for a temporary 'withdrawal of withdrawal' Brexit plan. This is the new politicus interuptus - guaranteed to satisfy no one.

not saying it’s exactly like WW1 but a lot of people thought the Brexit wrangling would be over by Christmas

On Thurs Green Cllr Jacqi Hodgson wil put a motion to @DevonCC calling on cllrs to declare a Climate Emergency, pledge to make #Devon carbon neutral by 2030 & report within 6 months what actions the Council will take.

Full motion here:

Agenda item - Declare a Climate Emergency | Democracy in Devon

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