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Goldsmiths kebab

We learned yesterday that a British university had made a small contribution to addressing a climate emergency that its spokespeople argue is going to kill us all just 12 years from now.  As Katherine Sellgren at the BBC reports: “A university is banning the sale of [beef] burgers to try …

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The shape of things to come

Despite claims to the contrary, the first task of the agencies involved in the UK power outage yesterday will have been to cover their backs and, if necessary, lay blame somewhere else.  So it is that a story emerged that it was a freak accident coincidentally affecting two separate generators.  …

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Your enemy’s enemy is not your friend

There is an Arabian saying that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend.”  It is a saying that was put into practice in the sixteenth century, and inadvertently created the USA.  The thanksgiving story about how the Native Americans gave food to European settlers who would otherwise have starved, is a …

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Inflation on Wall Street; deflation on Main Street

Chances are that when you visited your local Tesco Express to buy a sandwich and a soft drink for lunch, the queues were pretty much the same as they always are.  That, however, was not enough to prevent Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket chain – announcing another big round …

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There’s no Plan A

A couple of weeks ago, Nick Butler at the Financial Times opined about the uselessness of various campaigns to address climate change: “When companies fail to deliver, managers and investors are forced to change their strategies. The process is often difficult, but always essential. Non-governmental and campaigning organisations are not …

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Stagnation is the only thing keeping the lights on

Green campaigners will no doubt be cheering the announcement of the closure of the Aberthaw B coal-fired power station yesterday.  As Jillian Ambrose at the Guardian reports: “Doug Parr, the chief scientist and policy director at Greenpeace UK, said the shutdown of Aberthaw should encourage more government support for renewables …

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Toxic medicine

Introducing the reforms that were to come to be known as “neoliberalism,” British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously explained: “Yes, the medicine is harsh, but the patient requires it in order to live. Should we withhold the medicine? No. We are not wrong. We did not seek election and win …

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Reliving old glories

It is not often that you get to feel sympathy for a Tory minister.  This morning was one of those few occasions (a little bit at least).  The latest, hapless, British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab – who apparently only a few weeks ago discovered that the English Channel is a …

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Winning requires more than your anger

The British electoral system stinks.  Millions of voters in constituencies that are “safe” for one of the major parties are effectively denied a vote.  Despite this, millions prefer to cast a “lesser of two evils” vote rather than abstain; while a plucky few continue to cast their votes for minor …

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The art of painting lipstick on a pig

Financial journalists are engaged in a form of psychological warfare with the wider public today.  With a few notable exceptions, the aim is to paint as rosy a picture as possible to the unwashed masses whose pension contributions and continued borrowing are the only things keeping the bubble inflated.  Unfortunately, …

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