Playing with fire – literally

If you believe the Dailh Mail on climate and not the now virtually unanimous opinion of the climate scientists you are taking immense risks with the future. And you'd have to be very naive to think that the half...

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Inshore wind farms?It’s a win-win

From my forthcoming book 'OurTerrible/Wonderful Future' Inshore windfarms are really great. It’s another win-win. Hopefully they will arouse plenty of local opposition, letters in newspapers, protest meetings, marches led by David Bellamy etc. On the one hand they give people...

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Self-Deception and the Evasion of the Future

I have nearly finished writing my book Our Terrible/Wonderful Future.  This is the beginning of Chapter 9 Deception and Self-Deception Great as the technical problems of the next twenty years will be and difficult as it will be to solve them, they...

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The EU already allows us to control our borders

Immigration? What was all the fuss about? Brexit was as unnecessary as putting on two raincoats when one will do the job and two just make you very uncomfortable. We had control of our borders already and you do...

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Where has the England I grew up in gone?

There is so much I deplore about modern Britain.  Where has the England I grew up in gone?  No more Guy Crouchback and all that reticent English decency, Mrs Dalloway walking in the park, the woods full of primroses,...

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We hope to have Spitfires in service by 1963

Everybody is trying to wriggle out of the Paris agreement while paying it lip service. Banning diesel cars by 2040i n the UK is like saying in 1940 we hope to have Spitfires in service by 1963. We need...

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No grapes picked that day

A friend of mine went grape picking to Spain recently and one day the temperature reached 47 degrees.  No grapes were picked that day.  What’s going to happen as temperatures get hotter and hotter and water scarcer and scarcer? ...

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You can eat honey but you can’t eat money

Have taken up beekeeping again which I last did fifty years ago (actually come to think of it it was 60 surely not). In those days there were no bee suits and we got stung all the time which...

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