We’ve always known that the Government and the fracking industry were working hand-in-glove to get shale gas started in the UK. At times, the Government seems more gung ho about fracking than the industry itself.
Like many people I first came across Arundhati Roy when I read her 1997 Booker-Prize winning God of Small Things. But what really knocked my socks off was her small book The Cost of Living, published in 1999.
At this time of conspicuous consumption spare a thought for those less fortunate among us. In the UK that means a great deal less fortunate – we have one of the highest levels of inequality of a ‘developed’ country.
A fortnight before Christmas the European Commission looked set to axe two important plans for environmental protection. But in a flurry of activity and with the help of thousands of supporters, we helped to stop it.
Well do I remember one freezing cold December evening in 2002 standing in a layby on the A303 in Wiltshire, ready to go on the BBC 6 o’clock news and respond to the Big Government Announcement of the day. Roll forward almost exactly 12 years and here I am about to be interviewed again, responding to 2014’s Big Government Announcement.
Would it surprise you to know that the content was pretty much the same?