Posts tagged with: Climate change

The Debate We Need to Have

Our social contract – the ‘deal’ that makes us a civilised country – is under grave threat both practically and philosophically. And we are not talking about it. Practically, the UK is in a grave situation. We are in the midst of a serious cost-of-living crisis which will plunge over half of the UK population […]

Traitriotism: Key Tool of the Far Right

There is a word we have been missing in the English language: traitriotism. This article explains what traitriotism is and why it is such a powerful tool in the hands of the unscrupulous.   But first, let’s do a little thought experiment. Suppose you were leading a political party whose aim was to enrich a […]

Trussed-up

  The UK faces multiple interconnected crises. In the medium term, we are suffering from mass impoverishment, failing public services and a climate emergency. In the short term, very acutely, the cost-of-living crisis threatens many people and businesses with costs they cannot bear – recent inflation, caused to a large degree by the rise in […]

Have We Finally Had Enough?

Many people in the UK are extremely concerned about the future. Most are poorer today than they were in 2010, and this year is forecast to see the sharpest drop in living standards since records began. For over half of households, paying their energy bills this winter will be a major challenge – many will […]

An Unwelcome Certainty in an Uncertain World

As Niels Bohr remarked, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” And that general remark is particularly true about politics where decisions are taken on the basis of complex (and sometimes less than transparent) motivations. Given that, is it safe to make any predictions whatsoever about the result of the Conservative Party leadership contest? […]

The Future of Herefordshire

This is an approximate transcript of the speech given by Mark E Thomas at Hellens Garden Festival, 11 June, 2022.     Introduction Good afternoon. What a wonderful environment, and how lucky we are to be here in early summer to talk about the future of the county of Herefordshire – the challenges it faces […]

What Does the Queen’s Speech Tell Us?

In the space of a few short years, the government will have turned the UK from a prosperous, democratic country with a functioning social safety net into a poor, isolated banana republic off the coast of northern Europe. In a nutshell, the Queen’s Speech is full of good things that won’t happen and bad things […]

Tackling the Giants: Words and Deeds

In the middle of World War II, in 1942, the National Government of Great Britain commissioned Sir William Beveridge, the Director of the London School of Economics, to produce a report on the reconstruction of Britain after the war ended. His report set out a blueprint for a better, fairer, more prosperous society, which would […]

The View from Outer Space

    We have all had the experience of being so deeply immersed in something that we could not see the wood for the trees. And there is nothing we are so deeply immersed in as our own lives. So it is worth a little thought experiment: imagine that visitors from a distant galaxy were […]

Staying in the Zone

There is a wide range of attitudes to climate change exemplified on one side by President Trump, who apparently believes that it is no more than a Chinese hoax, and on the other by seriously-concerned scientists who believe that it may be all too late. What position should a rational, non-expert, citizen take? The rational […]

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