ALAN SIMPSON

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Those whom the Gods would destroy…

Easter Island may now be a World Heritage site, but its once complex and integrated society finally collapsed in an orgy of civil war and cannibalism. In today’s Britain, this is replayed in the Conservative Party Leadership race. The direction of travel is not much different. Arrogance and over consumption brought a once-prosperous society to…

Unfit to Govern

Britain swelters in an unprecedented heatwave. Tens of thousands of people across Europe flee from fires that defy public control. The Climate Change Committee reports that Britain is falling behind in its existing climate commitments. And scientists warn that even if we meet the 1.5°C target todays heatwaves are likely to become the summer norm.…

A Man For All Seasons- the anatomy of a train crash

Despite two crushing by-election defeats, and the resignation of his Party Chairman, Boris Johnson remains undaunted. Strutting the streets of the Rwanda South constituency, Johnson insists that support for him is still strong. Elsewhere it looks quite different. The loss of the Tiverton and Honiton seat is particularly crushing. Both of these seats were pro-Brexit…

Ozymandias Johnson

‘Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Resist the temptation to wallow in the civil war Conservative MPs are embroiled in or the resignation of yet another of Boris Johnson’s Ethics Advisors. Johnson lurches between sophistry and stupidity, and Labour may think all its Christmases have arrived at once, but more serious issues hang…

‘Rejoice’ Revisited – Dystopian Democracy

Just over 40 years ago, on 26th April 1982, Margaret Thatcher weaponised the word ‘Rejoice’. It became a term that would forever divide the nation; the assassin’s kiss Thatcherite zealots would use, as much against their own ‘One Nation’ Tories as against Labour and the poor. Thatcher’s ‘Rejoice’ announced Britain’s first ‘victory’ in the Falklands/Malvinas…

Let them eat … what? – Britain’s implosion of political leadership

The 1.5 million households in Britain facing destitution and the 10 million simply in poverty will have wept at the emptiness of the government’s Queen’s Speech programme. There’s to be no emergency Budget to pay the first £1,000 of spiralling energy costs, no windfall tax on oil and gas profiteering, no restoration of cuts in…

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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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