A powerful piece from an economist, no less, well OK, the Guardian’s economic editor, on the current UK government’s attitude to climate change:
Indeed, one way to characterise the government’s approach to climate change is to compare it to that of the Chamberlain government in the late 1930s. Once it became clear that Britain really could not do business with Hitler, rearmament began, but the process was half-hearted.
Right up until the moment war was declared, Chamberlain hoped something would turn up, that somebody else, Stalin perhaps, would do Britain’s dirty work for it. And, to be fair, he had public opinion with him. There was scant appetite in the Britain of late 1938 or early 1939 for war with Germany, just as there is now no great clamour from the public for the lifestyle changes that would be necessary to make the sort of drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that Stern and others say are needed.
But if you are now really depressed, go over to Alas, a blog, for this great post, which wittily (if with a great deal of hard work behind the scenes), explains how feminism is for everybody.