News and Updates

  • Careful Crime, Heat Pumps, Net Zero and German Cars

    Back in 2018, a survey of 2,143 people by YouGov revealed that 27%  of them admit to “careful littering” such as leaving drinks cans or coffee cups on window ledges rather than on the ground as usual.  A campaign was duly launched...

  • Everything is more costly when rushed

    Rory Sutherland's 'must read' Spectator column this week quoted some "excellent thinking" from the Italian complexity theorist Luca Dellanna: Two days ago, the EU parliament approved a ban on new fossil fuel cars starting in 2035. While I like the...

  • New UK Energy Policy announced

    The government announced today that access to energy within the UK would be rationed from the beginning of May.  The Hon Dr Alex Blair-McPherson-Ali (she/him/they/etc), a spokesperson for the newly created Ministry for Using LEss Stuff  – MULES [1] –...

  • The big fib at the heart of Ofsted

    I've been following the awful story of the primary school headteacher who killed herself after an inexplicable top to bottom down-grading from Ofsted.  I say inexplicable because how can the leadership of a school be inadequate when every other grade is...

  • A Mis-placed Wildlife Message

    For a change, I watched a nature programme on TV: the new David Attenborough series, Wild Isles.  It was as spectacular as promised, although I failed to see any coherence to it.  We flitted from video of life and death struggles:...

  • Net Zero and Progressive Politics

    A friend reckons that green policies are about to be rumbled and the time is coming when the public, or perhaps a particularly well-connected, noisy part of it, will "rise up" and be counted.  He's not some Marxist shrill, just...

  • 2030 and All That

    I watched Jonathan Ashworth MP on Channel 4 trying in vain to answer a question about how a new Labour government would manage to generate 100% of electricity from carbon-free sources by 2030. It is fair to say he struggled....

  • Drought and Flood

    This has been the driest February for 30 years and the 8th driest since 1836. According to the National Drought Group, England is only one hot dry spell away from widespread drought conditions.  Clearly action is needed.  So, surely what...

  • Greta T and Economic History

    Now that Jacinda Harden has shuffled off the political scene, and the Queen of Scots is following suit, that only leaves Greta Thunberg as the great progressive hope of the world. [ "progressive" as in overtly pressing a social justice agenda...

  • Climate Realism at Oxford

    I've never participated in a debate at the Oxford Union.  I've not even been there, unlike the Cambridge Union which I visited once in the early 1970s to attend a debate on nature v nurture in relation to IQ.  The impact...