Thursday 12 March 2015
If a new tidal power scheme is anything to go by, politicians are prepared to tackle climate change at any price - including the welfare of the rest of us.
The headlong charge to make the UK a low-carbon economy is reflected in the desperation of both the current Lib-Con coalition government and the Labour opposition to find and fund new ways of producing green energy. The scale of the problem is hard to underestimate. As Caroline Flint, the shadow energy secretary noted last weekend: ‘We need to invest around £100 billion in the electricity system alone by 2020 as we replace ageing and polluting sources of power with new, cleaner alternatives. But investment is running at half that level.’
Wednesday 11 March 2015
The Top Gear presenter is now a potent symbol in the battle against overweening interference in how we live and think.
The BBC announced yesterday that it has suspended Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson over a ‘fracas’ with a producer. Rumours emerged that Clarkson had thrown a punch over an argument over catering, or the lack of it, last week, but the BBC only acted yesterday. The facts of the incident will no doubt emerge in due course. What is clear is that a bog-standard workplace disagreement has been inflated into another battle in the culture wars.
I'm a writer and author on a wide range of issues. I'm the former deputy editor of the online magazine spiked and I currently work at the Institute of Ideas. I'm the author of Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder (Imprint Academic, 2011).