Monthly Archives: March 2013

I’m finding talk of 2030 a little unnerving.  In 17 years I will be nearing 50 and my 3 month old daughter will be learning to drive. I’ll be into corderoys, Christmas-jumpers and Classic FM, she’ll have swapped her baby gro for a onesie, her dummie for a tongue piercing and her BCG jab for a tattoo. Yet, there is hope that some things will be brighter in 2030.  And (to a… Read More

This week will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Richard Beeching’s infamous report, The Restructuring of British Railways which outlined plans to cut more than 5,000 miles of rail track and more than 2,000 stations. It was a radical solution to the perceived problem of the time – how to provide an efficient and cost-effective railway in a era of ever-growing car use. Yet 50 years later, we see the humble… Read More

Of the three main political parties, the Lib Dems are generally considered the greenest.  The Green Book, launched on Monday, sets out a suite of environmental policy ideas, arguments and analysis that seek to build on that platform and further embed the agenda for ‘green growth’ within the party’s 2015 manifesto. The stated aim of the book is to offer a ‘fundamentally different approach to economic and social policy’ weaving a green… Read More

Last week’s by-election result has thrown the cat amongst the political pigeons, and the spirit of revolution has made it through to the Observer’s business pages.  Citing the refusal of Centrica to use its enormous profits to build more gas-fired power stations in the short term,  today’s Business Leader asks the surprising rhetorical: “Should not public money go into….a publicly owned utility?”. I had thought that agitating for nationalisation was something the Guardian… Read More

Three key indicators of Spring finally arrived this week – a slight rise in temperatures,  the calendar has flicked over to March, and another round of bank results hit the front pages.   The tired explanations for failure, or scandal, or crimes and the bonuses banks are paying out for achieving the same are enough to make me feel distinctly un-Spring-like. Thankfully the sight of a man in a suit gritting his… Read More