ALAN SIMPSON

News from Somewhere Else

Latest from Blog

Willing the Ends, Willing the Means

The ‘Sun Ship’ (Das Sonnenschiff) is a small community in the Vauban district of Freiburg. Built in 2004, it is one of the earliest examples of ‘energy-plus’ housing; developments that generate more electricity than the community itself consumes. Powered entirely by solar energy (and storage), and designed to high standards of natural heating and cooling,…

The Turning Point

Something big is happening; really big. All the pillars of smug certainty are beginning to crumble. Nothing captured this more than the ‘waste’ sculpture taunting the G7 Summit in Cornwall. The ‘Mount Recyclemore’ sculpture – made from dumped e-waste materials – symbolised far more than the 53 million tonnes of electronic goods the world throws…

Net-zero, not-zero and ground-zero

What a mess we are in. Labour loses the Hartlepool by- election with a 16% swing to the Tories. A new North-South divide is opening up. With the exception of London, Labour no longer holds the hearts and minds of its conventional heartlands. So much for new leadership, new vision. What on earth is going…

Antigonish Labour?

Labour is lost. I say this in sadness more than anger. Anger is no substitute for answers. It clouds the fact that the Left could be just as lost as the Right. Boris Johnson has bought himself some ill-deserved credibility; slowly loosening the lockdown rules and stepping up the vaccination programme. Both are welcome. But…

Tony Benn: Still our Man for all Seasons

I find it hard to accept it is 7 years since Tony Benn died. I miss his wisdom, foresight, kindness and humour. Worse still, whether the country realises it or not, we are all the poorer for the loss of Benn’s political acumen and vision. Faced with some of the biggest existential challenges in human…

Bert versus the Dismantled State

We do ourselves no favours by treating the current Policing Bill just as an outrageous assault on a public right to protest. It is…Of course it is. But the violence targeted towards the police in Bristol (and the preceding violence by police themselves towards peaceful protesters) masks the scale of the assault on civil liberties…

asimpsonMS0704_468x423

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...

word-image

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

I’m sorry to say this just illustrates perfectly the reason why the protest was important in the first place. Frightening stuff frankly

@LilianGreenwood @AlanSimpson01 more reasons to green #Nottingham City Centre and build Greyfriars park

These points made in the Labour Against the War document I helped write at the time, countering the claims made in Labour’s Dodgy Dossier. Sadly, most Labour MPs chose to believe the lies.

Joss Garman@jossgarman

This series is brilliant but agree with this: the bullshit seemed obvious at the time too. https://t.co/ZwwgzgrU7d

Never mind not rinsing your dishes - @BylineTimesPod @GoldbergRadio has some really inspirational and practical advice from @AlanSimpson01 on how to combat #ClimateEmergency (NOTE: it doesn't involve flying from London to Cornwall)

From @BylineTimes

BYLINE TIMES PODCAST

Boris Johnson's mantra en route to election victory in 2019 was 'getting Brexit done'. But now that we've left the EU, is the UK g...

pod.fo

Hello @Fidelity_UK. You own 7m shares in Rockhopper plc, which is suing Italy's government for acting on climate change, & hoping to use the winnings to drill for oil in the Falklands / Malvinas. Which side of history do you expect to be on? These are morally stranded assets.

Hello @Fidelity_UK. You own 7m shares in Rockhopper plc, which is suing Italy's government for acting on climate change, & hoping to use the winnings to drill for oil in the Falklands / Malvinas. Which side of history do you expect to be on? These are morally stranded assets.

All Boris has to do is … (pause for laughter) … define where he wants the customs border with the EU to be. Not being in the single market was always going to end in tears.

Léonie Greene #RejoinEU@LeonieGreene

@lukemcgee I think offensive is the operative word here.

Load More...