Politics

24. 10. 2013
What is it about centre-right or right-wing governments that make it so difficult for them to understand and promote the huge potential of the green economy? I spent the last week returning to that question (with growing bafflement) after visits to Australia and New Zealand,...
Politics
01. 10. 2012
I felt almost overwhelmed by nostalgia on a visit to Cardiff last week to meet the Welsh Environment Minister and discuss the new Sustainable Development Bill that is being brought forward by the Welsh Government. It took me right back to many earlier visits to Cardiff as Chair...
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28. 09. 2011
Despite getting more than a little grumpy about it, the wall-to-wall coverage of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 generated some fascinating analysis of “the wasted decade” that we just lived through. Most of it focussed either on the big geo-political issues (China and...
Politics
22. 12. 2010
Nearing the end of what has been a pretty grisly year from the perspective of ‘the standing of sustainable development in government’, I was rather looking forward to the prospect of an announcement from Caroline Spelman at Defra indicating what happens next. At the same time as...
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22. 09. 2010
I’ve just spent some time reading through Nick Clegg’s speech to his Party Conference. And I found myself asking whether this might be the first speech by a Party Leader in the 21st Century that doesn’t even mention climate change? Indeed, could it be the worst speech ever, from...
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