Government

27. 07. 2009
My final blog as chair of the Sustainable Development Commission – this being my final day! It has been an extraordinary nine years. Back in June 2000, when Michael Meacher persuaded John Prescott to persuade Tony Blair that I would (despite all the obvious downsides!) be a...
Government
23. 04. 2009
There’s a world of difference between a “Green Budget” and a “Budget for Sustainability”. On the “green front”, it could have been a lot worse, but it could have been better too. (See yesterday’s press release from the Sustainable Development Commission below). Not exactly the...
Government
22. 04. 2009
I skimmed the newspapers this morning to pick up on any unexpected ‘green vibes’ around the Budget. Every indication is that there isn’t going to be any big “New Deal” brought forward, as part of a larger recovery package, although lots of ‘green lollypops’ will no doubt be...
Government
21. 04. 2009
The response to Peter Mandelson’s rather obvious point that Government is going to have to take a more hands-on role in shaping a low-carbon industrial strategy has been extraordinary. As if this marked some ideological reversion to old Labour at its command-and-control worst...
Government
15. 04. 2008
There is a remote possibility that I am just a touch obsessed with this particular bit of Government process, in which case apologies to those who are not touched by any such obsession. But I feel I have duty to update. Previous SNR instalments have portrayed this innocuous-...
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