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.