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Robin Hood Dies: the legend lives on

Robin Hood Dies: the legend lives on As news hits the press about the imminent demise of Nottingham’s Robin Hood Energy company (RHE), I took a look at the plinth in front of St Mary’s church in the middle of Nottingham. The plinth offers a mythical version of Robin Hood’s demise; slowly being ‘bled’ to…

A crisis like no other

Tipping or turning: the choice is still ours We are in a bad place; a really bad place. The IMF predicts that the Covid pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5% this year, with a cumulative loss of around $9 trillion. Britain’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) records a ‘lockdown’ economic collapse of over…

Who’s Lives Matter

(Freedom and Democracy) Across the world, sports men and women have been ‘taking the knee’ in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. What troubles me is the prospect of this becoming a trivialised gesture, wrapped up in processes that change nothing. Stripped of specific, disruptive, demands it could slip intothe trough of gesture politics.…

Energy and Equity

The images of motorway tailbacks, even before Britain’s lockdown period officially loosened, brought two things home to me. The first was that, without clear leadership, crises always take you perilously close to collective insanity. I’m sure none of the families who decided it was a good moment to nip off to the coast (or the…

Green New Deal – time for an ecological reboot?

Labour’s Green New Deal faces a torrid credibility test. The world, post-Covid, will be nothing like the one preceding it. There will be no ‘V’ shaped economic recovery. Britain will struggle to avoid further economic decline. No one will be queueing up to shop their way out the current crisis. Large numbers of consumption-based jobs…

The Great Unravelling: Part 4

The Portal: another world is possible “A sense of cosmic specialness is no guarantee of good stewardship.”  David Wallace-Wells “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to…

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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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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)

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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...

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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.

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