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Green Party: All Change at the Top!

I was in Birmingham ten days ago, for the Green Party Conference, and arrived at the very moment that Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley were declared the new Co-Leaders of the Green Party – the first formal job share for any party leadership position. This is such good news for the Green Party.…

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University League Tables: What Really Counts?

Last week was just about the most anxiety-inducing in the entire year for UK universities, waiting nervously to see how well they had done in the increasingly important ‘competition’ for students, hedged in as they are by ever greater pressure on core funding. I can’t honestly say that I’m hugely…

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When it Comes to Bribery, Nothing Can Match the Nuclear Industry

It doesn’t take long for the shine to go off a newly-appointed Prime Minister, does it? Yesterday’s obesity anti-strategy was a disgrace – and apparently all down to Theresa May herself, for fear of causing potential economic difficulties by stopping food companies poisoning children with excessive…

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Forum for the Future’s Partners: in for the Long Haul

Of all the activities the Forum announced when we launched 20 years ago, it was our intention to work with business that attracted the most interest. There wasn’t a lot of that kind of NGO–business collaboration going on in the mid-1990s, and the Forum’s three co-founders (myself, Sara Parkin and…

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The Least Surprising Announcement of 2016: Hinkley Point Decision Delayed – AGAIN!

What a gloriously ramshackle company EdF is! No company does anti-climax as well as EdF does – time after time! Last week, we heard French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, all gushily enthusiastic on the Andrew Marr Show, promising that the go-ahead would be given ‘in the coming week or month’…

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If Volkswagen Built Homes …

The Scandal of the Performance Gap in the Housing Industry Many people driving a new car have long suspected that the fuel consumption demonstrated in the manufacture’s brochure is significantly out of line with the reality of the day to day running of the vehicle. And then, just a few weeks ago,…

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