None of Vince’s presuppositions about the project – that the technology, the economy, and the public are on side – stand up to scrutiny.
Our principal opposition is the Green Party. But we believe in the need for effective action, not gestures, to provide a better environment.
“I’m having one fitted actually, at the moment,” Shapps discloses. He expects it to cost “around £3,000.” Though he adds that improved insulation is also needed for them to be “viable.”
The changing global landscape should refocus our policy on the factors that are need to improve the investment outlook – such as sound macro polices and the level, predictability and simplicity of tax.
The upside of a new cross-party appointments process would be distance from the government of the day. The downside is the danger of boiling it down to a lowest common denominator.
I don’t think that we serve our children or planet well giving in to the counsel of despair. Tackling it is more akin to an engineering challenge – one we know we can do.
From Sandwell to Solihull, Bromsgrove to Wolverhampton, Dudley to Tamworth, we have been out to help the amazing local teams who have been working so tirelessly to hold and gain Council seats.
The Mayor has no mandate for this irresponsible move. It was not in his Manifesto. Let’s put the power back in the hands of Londoners.
Most of us can get used to dysfunction in the busy and familiar setting of our day-to-day lives. But a change of scene offers a different perspective.
On some issues, he got it wrong. On other issues, he got it right but is misrepresented by some of his cheerleaders. And on other issues, he was right in the context of the time but circumstances have changed.
It is also important to ease the shortage of craftsmen, with the knowledge and specialist skills to restore furniture and artworks.
William Gladstone once complained that the Liberals were washed from office by a “torrent of gin and beer”. Tory MPs fear they face a similar – if smellier – fate if the Government doesn’t get tough on the water companies.
We have introduced a legal target requiring tree canopy cover to reach 16.5 per cent of England’s land area by 2050. We are taking action for our woodlands through the landmark Environmental Improvement Plan.
We must protect the ‘fabric’ of our City. Whether that’s the Roman or the cobbled streets that help create our community’s spirit.
To the extent the opposition parties have proposals, they offer wildly unrealistic timescales – and neglect to mention the huge increases in household bills they would necessitate.