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Increasing renewable energy generation was one of the big environmental achievements of the Coalition Government. The share of Britain’s electricity generated from renewable energy increased from 9% in 2011 to 25% in 2015. By displacing polluting coal from the grid, renewables have contributed significantly to major falls in greenhouse gas emissions over that period. From being a fringe element, renewables now play a central role in powering Britain’s homes and businesses. And as renewable capacity increases, their costs fall. In…
I’ve got some good news for you, and some bad news. Let’s start with the good, because we need it right now. At the moment, we are witnessing the greatest improvement in living standards ever to take place. Poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, child labour and infant mortality are falling faster than at any other time in human history. Life expectancy at birth has increased more than twice as much in the last century as it did in the previous 200,000 years.…
Gordon Brown’s latest proposal for a “third option” in Scotland sounds suspiciously familiar. The more Brown and Blair keep talking, the more we are reminded of what New Labour and the “third way” got wrong, and a comparison with today’s politics is instructive. New Labour was the political superpower of its day, reaching into Tory heartlands with its soft left policies. They reigned supreme and made bad decisions: Blair’s failure to plan for post-war Iraq is exhibit A, while the…
It is vital that as many eligible people as possible are heard in the democratic process to ensure we build a democracy that works for everyone. The EU Referendum in June marked a historic high point in the level of democratic participation in this country, with a record 46.5 million people registered to vote. The introduction of Individual Electoral Registration has meant joining the electoral roll is faster and more accessible than ever before. It now takes just a few…
Monday, 20 March 2017 17:33

Liam Booth-Smith: In Defence of Elitism

The elitism which I defend in this essay is not the sneering sort. I don’t hold the belief that because someone is born to wealth or privilege they are ‘better’, nor do I think any race, gender or sexuality is superior to another. The elitism I believe in is meritocratic. In the words of Susan Sontag, I consider “the only difference between human beings is intelligence”. Individual exceptionalism and achievement is not a corrosive agent acting on society. It might…
Friday, 17 March 2017 10:45

James Dobson: Trust thy neighbour

2016 has been seen by many as a watershed political year: The rise of populism, the decline of the elites, and the birth of so-called ‘post-truth’ politics. First came Brexit, then the rise of Donald Trump. Commentators should be wary of linking the two results too closely. Leaving the European Union was a position supported by many sensible members of both the Conservative Party and Labour Party, while, by election day in the United States, there were almost no MPs…
“There are three types of lies,” Benjamin Disraeli is alleged to have declared, “lies, damned lies, and statistics”. One wonders what Disraeli or Mark Twain, who popularised the quotation, would have made of the current state of politics, which is filled to bursting with all three. So prevalent has ‘post-truth politics’ become, whereby people distort facts, dubiously source data, or simply make up things in order to fuel their own narrative, that the phrase was declared the Oxford Dictionary’s word…
For me, it is an honour to write about honesty in politics. From a young age I was taught by my father that honesty is an important asset to have as it gains you the respect of those you are with. Now, as a politician representing my constituents, honesty is at the core of my work: I am always ready to say what I think and believe, even if that sometimes goes against popular opinion. I am fascinated by the…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:57

Sam Hall: Rebels with a cause

Young people were always the true anti-establishment rebels. Kicking against the authority of their parents. Questioning the norms of earlier generations. Challenging vested interests. But in the era of Brexit and Trump, this has changed. Anti-establishment sentiment is now associated with older, working class voters. Young people, instead, seem to be choosing the status quo options: Remain and Hillary Clinton. So what has happened to the anti-establishment activism of the young? With climate change, young people still reveal their rebellious…
Liberals have long loudly and proudly advocated for diversity. It should probably please us then that during the awards season just gone that the issue was high on the agenda once again. At the Grammys, Adele saw off Beyoncé for some the major awards, including Best Album, with a large number of people citing the controversial and racial issues raised by the latter as one of the reasons she did not triumph. Speaking to CNN.com, Kevin Powell, who is the…

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