Posts tagged with: climate emergency

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 […]

Why Sunak Fails

Every spring, the Chancellor produces a mini-budget, the Spring Statement. This one faces a few challenges: for the last 12 years, most people in the UK have been getting poorer which is an unprecedented phenomenon in modern British history; we have a still unresolved pandemic which has both health and economic side-effects; oil and energy […]

A Tired, Defeatist Budget

Yesterday, the Chancellor claimed that his budget represented: “Investment in a more innovative, high-skilled economy. Because that is the only sustainable path to individual prosperity. World class public services.” But in almost the next breath, he set out his ‘new fiscal rules’ committing him to balance the books for day-to-day spending by 2024-25 and maintaining […]

Time to Change Track

The UK is a rich country with a proud democratic tradition. We have produced some of the world’s greatest scientists and a number of world-leading companies. We are strong in the Arts and our sporting heroes are world-class. Many of us have been (generally) proud of our past and optimistic about our future. And yet […]

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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