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I’m no apologist for Putin, but…

NATO needs to urgently review its red lines and consider again whether to at least pause its expansion eastwards – and give Russia assurances to that effect I’m no apologist for Russian president Vladimir Putin, nor for Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its attempts to destabilise Ukraine – and the western alliance of democratic countries…

Colston Four: The Justice System at its Best

The acquittal of the Colston Four shows the justice system at its best – protecting citizens from the oppressive use of the law. It’s almost impossible to find a genuinely informative take on the acquittal of the Colston Four, so mired is the case in the politics of culture war. I’m not convinced that my…

Change is happening for animals – and 2022 will be a landmark year

Before PETA was founded in a basement flat some four decades ago, the idea that animals exist for their own sake – not for us to do with as we please – was novel, even radical. How times have changed! And while change for animals never comes quickly enough, make no mistake, society is evolving, waking up to the fact…

We need a decade of ‘Ocean Activism’ to revive the UK’s blue spaces

As water makes its course from mountains to the sea, through what should be the cleanblue capillaries, veins and arteries of our nation, it is exposed to a plethora of pollutants, from agriculture, manufacturing, urban environments, water companies, the medical industry and much more. Runoff pours from fields, taking antibiotics, fertilizers and pesticides into precious…

Time to tackle the domestic abuse of animals at Christmas

For most of us, Christmas is a time to take a much-needed break from the stresses and demands of everyday life, as we leave thoughts of work behind and enjoy the warmth of home and family. As I look forward to some precious time relaxing at home and my second Christmas with whippet-saluki cross and…

Why we need an amnesty for undocumented migrants

For International Migrants’ Day, the Green Party’s Migration and Refugee Spokesperson Benali Hamdache sets out the case for an amnesty for undocumented migrants in the UK. Earlier this month, Ireland announced an amnesty for all undocumented migrants in the country. Up to 17,000 people, including 3,000 children, who have made their homes in Ireland yet…

New ‘Drug strategy’ simply re-entrenches the criminalisation approach

This week, the Government revealed its long-awaited ten year drug strategy, which seeks to cut crime and save lives. Whilst I welcome the boost in funding for drug treatment, the strategy largely appears to be a doubling down of a failed ‘war on drugs’ strategy that has only resulted in record-levels of drug deaths and…

2050 neutrality is a false prophet, there’s a time bomb waiting for us in the oceans

I felt a lot of sympathy this week seeing younger generations, led by Greta Thunberg, who decried what they saw as a gross display of elitist posturing and grandstanding by global leaders ostensibly attempting to ‘solve’ the climate crisis at COP26. I was there earlier this week, rubbing shoulders with the world’s elite as they…

A new housing strategy is urgently needed

If levelling up is to be successful, we must reverse the ‘brain drain’ of talent from our towns and cities.  Increasing productivity and creating the conditions for higher wages and improved living standards will only happen if we can entice private enterprise to invest not just in the Golden Triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge…

Soaring prices should remind decision makers that the greenest energy, is the energy we don’t use

During my time as Chief of Staff in the Danish Government, I was often met with slight surprise from visiting advisors and officials when I told them that energy efficiency is a key enabler of the green transition. Denmark is often hailed as a green frontrunner famous for our vast and growing renewables infrastructure. Why…

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