UK’s nuclear future hangs on electricity tax

by Paul Brown The new British prime minister, Boris Johnson, must soon decide whether to save the UK’s nuclear future with an unpopular electricity tax. LONDON, 21 January, 2020 ? Pressure is mounting on the UK’s new Conservative government to rescue its nuclear programme through an electricity tax, to throw […]

Will the conservative government act on Climate Change? – Sky News

Boris Johnson has already come out, since he got back to Downing Street, and said that this is going to be the greenest government ever. He has recommitted himself to the goal of being carbon neutral by the middle of the century. He has promised a green industrial revolution. So, […]

Are Dominic Raab’s green ambitions ‘all just stuffing’? – Ends Report

By Jocelyn Timperley Hardline brexiteer Dominic Raab, currently fourth of the seven remaining contenders to become the UK’s next prime minister, this week attempted to position himself as a pro-environment candidate. In an apparent attempt to broaden his appeal, the former Brexit secretary on Monday stated his plans to make […]

ET TU BRUTE

      Assassination is rare in Britain. But do not doubt that the political knife slipped into Boris Johnson’s back was anything other than a carefully crafted assassination. It began, supposedly, with a leak. Mr Gove’s wife, Daily Mail journalist, Sarah Vine, e-mailed her husband. The e-mail urged him […]

ON MEDDLING WITH EUROPE

                                      ‘You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone Joni Mitchell   The Second World War welded Britain into a united nation. The pre-war divisions so well portrayed in Downton Abbey […]

So the country voted blue, did we go green? – Sky News – 5 December 15

        Sky: Tom Burke is the Chairman and founding Director of the Environmental Think Tank E3G, and he joins me in the studio.  So the country voted blue did we go green? Tom Burke: We didn’t go green. I think the coalition was a bit greener that […]

‘IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID’

                    When the debate on the Fourth Carbon Budget began in Whitehall in 2012 the Treasury had a clear view. No. Meeting its requirements would be too damaging to Britain’s economy. How did they know this? Their model of the economy […]

Making John Redwood angry – it’s nothing personal

  This article first appeared in Business Green on the 17th February 2014     I recently made John Redwood MP very cross. He was so cross he accused me of making ‘a very unpleasant personal attack’ on him. He was mistaken. I did no such thing. I did, however, […]

On Killing Dragons

  This article first appeared in the November Issue of The Ends Report                             Consistency is becoming the rarest of phenomena in public discourse. We have a government that is simultaneously increasing the planning constraints on wind […]

Locked into business as usual in a changing world – ENDS Report August 2013

  This column was first published in the ENDS Report August 2013                 Conservative Party leaders believe declaring war on the environment and aggressively promoting fracking for shale gas is to their advantage. But it is bad for business and the economy. We […]