Imagine the Government announcing a new report showing huge increases on lung cancer from smoking, at the same time as trumpeting the great news that Benson and Hedges were building a whopping new factory in Coventry.
There is a pitifully low level of attention given by politicians to crucial food and farming issues, despite huge interest from the public. I think new parliamentary candidates need some help as they prepare for May 2015 - so I have written them a letter. Do feel free to use any of it to talk to or write to your MP or candidates.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, or at least in the short-term. Too profound a reflection for Friends of the Earth’s regular news, views and action blog? Actually I think it’s a true statement and more than relevant to recent events. And here’s why, in 6 examples:
Long train journeys such as my once-a-week trip from West Yorkshire to London are, among other things, an opportunity to listen to podcasts. For last week’s journey, my listening was Radio 4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ on fracking. And it’s well worth half an hour of your time.