Smoke and mirrors in the nuclear debate

The Liberal Democrat’s energy spokesman, Chris Huhne, writes today in the Guardian’s Comment is Free blog about the government’s decision to back nuclear power. It’s a pretty insubstantial piece, and he appears to be playing the “I am greener than thou.” game, in competition with the Conservative leader, David Cameron. This, is not, however, about […]

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Science education and market needs

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 11 July 2006. In his recent comment on the state of science teaching, Boris Johnson makes some very good points, and I have to agree with him that science education in the state sector is poor. I’ll come to that later, after challenging […]

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On why we don’t need nuclear power

In today’s Grauniad, George Monbiot discusses safety and other issues relating to nuclear power, and argues that even though the technology has advanced much since the early days, and is unlikely to produce another Chernobyl disaster, we still don’t need it in order to meet our atmospheric carbon emissions targets. I tend to agree with […]

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On the assisted political suicide of John Prescott

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 7 July 2006. Mired in political scandal, including the “Domegate” affair with billionaire American businessman Philip Anschutz, John Prescott is clearly a dead man walking. The Deputy Prime Minister’s days in office are, I fear, numbered as the hairs on the top of […]

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Israel and the civil infrastructure in Gaza

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 30 June 2006. Yesterday’s Guardian Leader on Israel’s military offensive in Gaza included the statement that the missile attack on the power plant made no military sense. I dispute this interpretation on the grounds that causing short-term civil chaos in urban communities makes […]

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In praise of … John Bolton

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 12 June 2006. The man who famously said “There is no such thing as the United Nations.” is no diplomat in the conventional sense, despite his job title. John R. Bolton is a neoconservative troubleshooter appointed last year to represent American interests at […]

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The menace of the petrolheads

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 7 June 2006. I detest Jeremy Clarkson, and do so with a passion. Clarkson for me epitomises more than anyone else the “Fuck you, I have a right to do whatever I want, and anyone who disputes this is a Nazi!” faux-libertarianism that […]

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It’s the end of the world as we know it

This article was published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website on 31 May 2006. James Lovelock – known to many as the visionary scientist who in the 1960s formulated the Gaia Hypothesis – was interviewed recently by Mark Lawson for BBC Television. Based on some of the issues raised in that fascinating and wide-ranging […]

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