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Free for all markets

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There has been for many decades now a blind belief in the “free market” as the way ahead. The simple lesson of history is that markets are inherently unstable and only work where they are controlled by regulation.

Our house is on fire

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Greta Thunberg sums the situation up. It is one of the most articulate pleas for action and for common-sense to prevail that I have heard from anyone. She is 16. In the UK she would not have a vote!

SHDC

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Local Councils are being given increasing autonomy by central government and while this may be a good thing in principle it can only bring real benefit if a council conducts its affairs in an open, inclusive and transparent way. If it does, there is a real opportunity for local democracy to flourish and for communities to feel they have some control over their destiny. Unfortunately I believe...

The Regulator’s Code

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Today a report was published that revealed how our railway system is governed. It is a pretty damning assessment of how a fragmented industry cannot function without proper channels of communication and leadership. It seems to me that our regulation of the environment suffers from the same fragmentation. There is a corpus of good environment legislation that, were it to be effectively applied...

Brexit – project piffle

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Remain campaigners, when laying out the likely consequences of Brexit, have often been accused of creating a false sense of calamity and fear; Project Fear. This despite the fact that most professional institutions agree that it could cause serious damage to our economy and the evidence is mounting that it will. Whether or not you believe these warnings they are at least based on detailed...

Brexit and Democracy

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There are those that say a win is a win, usually accompanied by; so get over it. However, this is not athletics where, however close the result, a win is indeed a win. Nor is it a general election, run on the “first past the post” basis in individual constituencies, where a win is a win but its effect is local and a national picture only emerges by combining 650 of these individual...

Bexit – the start

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Much of the text of this first post was written in anger in 2016 immediately after the UK referendum vote to leave the EU. After two years of listening to the ill-informed mud slinging that has passed for debate over this period,  there is very little I would change. So I have posted here. The Referendum – the problem The referendum was an outrageous abuse of the democratic process and if...

Mega Dairies – Mega Problems

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What is a Mega Dairy? There is no precise definition of a mega-dairy. A farm of 1000 cows grazed on a suitable acreage, milked once a day and over-wintered in sheds is not a mega-dairy. In contrast, the same number of cows held in sheds 24/7 all year, feed on a diet to increase milk yield and milked three times a day… that’s a Mega Dairy. It could be just 500 cows and it would still...

Slurry – a beginners guide

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This is a general overview… Slurry for Dummies! To properly understand the physical and biological processes that go to form slurry and its impact on the environment involves many disciplines. There is a great deal of authoritative research and other literature written on the subject but it is mostly either very discursive or very specialist. I have not found a clear and accessible account...

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