Alex Meredith

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Enjoying the September sun amongst the sun-kissed bourgeois of Biarritz, it’s easy to forget that France has a Socialist government. But you only have to turn on the power to see the light of the left is still shining. Electricite de France (EDF) is still 85% owned by the French state and has grown to be the world’s largest producer of electricity. Yet, even with this enormous low-carbon monopoly under its control… 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