Police failures, soaring waiting lists, pool closures: one day’s news in Tory Britain | Polly Toynbee

Look at the condition of Britain’s public services and despair – this is where the ‘small state’ gets youPublic opinion is moving only in one direction, jolted by each day’s worsening news. It is certainly not towards the ever-shrinking state offered by the two candidates in the Tory leadership race, as most voters realise that nothing but the state protects them from this growing omnicrisis.Shocking news pours in at an accelerating pace. One day’s inbox can scarcely contain the avalanche of reports on failing public services and households stricken by debt. Continue reading… Source – Full Article Police failures, soaring…

What will happen if drought is declared by UK government?

With drought expected to be declared in parts of England on Friday, we look at some key questionsIt looks more and more likely that parts of the UK will be declared to be in drought on Friday. Here we look at what this could mean, and how long it might last. Continue reading...

What will happen if drought is declared by UK government?

With drought expected to be declared in parts of England on Friday, we look at some key questionsIt looks more and more likely that parts of the UK will be declared to be in drought on Friday. Here we look at what this could mean, and how long it might last. Continue reading… Source – Full Article What will happen if drought is declared by UK government?

Burning imported wood in Drax power plant ‘doesn’t make sense’, says Kwarteng

Drax has taken £5.6bn in subsidies from energy bill payers but business secretary says practice is ‘not sustainable’The importing of wood to burn in Drax power station “is not sustainable” and “doesn’t make any sense”, the business and energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, told a private meeting of MPs this week.The remarks are significant as the burning of biomass to produce energy is an important part of the UK government’s net zero strategy and has received £5.6bn in subsidies from energy bill payers over the last decade. Scientists and campaigners have long argued that burning wood to produce electricity is far……

Cumbria coalmine decision delayed again as critics condemn ‘zombie’ No 10

Campaigners told new deadline for decision on first new deep coalmine in more than 30 years is 8 November Politics live: latest updatesA much-anticipated decision on whether the UK’s first new deep coalmine in more than 30 years should go ahead has been delayed again.The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) has written to Friends of the Earth to inform the organisation that the new secretary of state, Greg Clark, has set a new deadline of 8 November to rule on whether the coalmine should be granted planning permission. Continue reading… Source – Full Article Cumbria coalmine decision…

‘This is the future’: the Oxfordshire village living without running water

Residents of Northend, forced to rely on bottled water and a tanker, find their lives upended in the heatwaveBefore Carolyn Evans set foot in the shower Wednesday morning, she set a five-minute timer as an emergency tanker outside supplied water. Not enough time, she discovered, to wash her hair as well.For Evans, who has lived in the small village of Northend for 12 years, it’s anxiety inducing. Continue reading...

‘This is the future’: the Oxfordshire village living without running water

Residents of Northend, forced to rely on bottled water and a tanker, find their lives upended in the heatwaveBefore Carolyn Evans set foot in the shower Wednesday morning, she set a five-minute timer as an emergency tanker outside supplied water. Not enough time, she discovered, to wash her hair as well.For Evans, who has lived in the small village of Northend for 12 years, it’s anxiety inducing. Continue reading… Source – Full Article ‘This is the future’: the Oxfordshire village living without running water

The Guardian view on water companies: nationalise a flawed private system | Editorial

Time to fix Britain’s broken private utility model, whereby natural monopolies are able to dupe weak regulatorsWhen the water industry was in public hands, it was claimed to work neither for its owner – the state – nor the public. Since being privatised in 1989, water companies have enriched investors and senior executives but failed to adequately invest in infrastructure. Shareholders have been paid £72bn in dividends. The cash came from big debts, with companies borrowing £56bn, and big bills, with prices rising 40%. Private-sector efficiency did not provide better service, but it did allow companies to be milked for……

Cumbria coalmine decision delayed again as critics condemn ‘zombie’ No 10

Campaigners told new deadline for decision on first new deep coalmine in more than 30 years is 8 November Politics live: latest updatesA much-anticipated decision on whether the UK’s first new deep coalmine in more than 30 years should go ahead has been delayed again.The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) has written to Friends of the Earth to inform the organisation that the new secretary of state, Greg Clark, has set a new deadline of 8 November to rule on whether the coalmine should be granted planning permission. Continue reading...

US and DRC to work together on protection of rainforest and peatlands

Antony Blinken announces formal working group during Kinshasa visit, while voicing concerns over auction of oil and gas permitsThe US and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have agreed to form a working group to protect the enormous Congo basin rainforest and peatlands, which are threatened by oil and gas exploration.The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, made the announcement in Kinshasa on Tuesday while expressing his concern over the sale of dozens of oil and gas permits in the DRC that included blocks in Virunga national park and the Cuvette Centrale tropical peatlands, part of an area described as……

Britain’s crises have one thing in common: a failure to invest | Larry Elliott

Obsession with efficiency means infrastructure has been run into the ground rather than upgradedThe government is drawing up contingency plans for power cuts this winter as it finally wakes up to the reality of what the next few months will bring.Britain has a cost of living crisis. It also has a housing crisis and an energy crisis. Weeks without rain in southern England mean there is a looming drought crisis. The NHS is only one serious Covid-19 outbreak away from crunch point. Continue reading… Source – Full Article Britain’s crises have one thing in common: a failure to invest |…

Labor must amend trade agreements that allow foreign companies to sue the government over energy and climate policies | Patricia Ranald

Foreign companies should not be able to sue the government for taking action on climate changeAn article in the Conversation with the catchy title “Hey Minister, leave that gas trigger alone” has urged the Labor government not to extend the Turnbull government’s gas trigger, which could be used to compel foreign-owned gas companies to keep gas reserves for use in Australia in some circumstances. It warns that actually using the trigger could inadvertently allow such companies to seek to sue the government under Australia’s existing international agreements.Many Australians don’t know this but some of our trade agreements give foreign-owned companies……

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