Category: Political Issues

Political Issues

Misinformation Tsar

Natascha Engel was recently appointed as Number 10’s ‘Fracking Tsar’.  Given her questionable credentials (she lost a safe Labour seat which they had held since 1935 to a Conservative anti-fracker, and then worked for Ineos) this has caused some hilarity. However, not so much hilarity as her recent comments in...

Cracking under the pressure

The fracking industry’s gaming of our legal processes and the start of fracking in the face of dire warnings from the IPCC threatens to fracture their fragile social licence to operate There is a certain delicious irony, when considering the debate about hydraulic fracturing in the UK, that the term...

Fylde Police you are a disgrace

Taking part in the Police Liaison Meetings between Fylde Police and the protesters I have had several conversations with Chief Inspector Keith Ogle regarding the wisdom or otherwise of allowing comments on their Facebook Page posts about traffic on the A583. Without exception he has agreed every time that allowing...

Infinite Regression – Busting the Myth Busting

A Northwest MP wrote to Claire Perry MP in her capacity as Minister for Clean Growth and Energy. In his letter he raised concerns about shale gas extraction on behalf of his constituents. Ms Perry responded with  a letter containing the usual government platitudes. Here is how it concluded: The...

Roll Up! Roll Up! Perry’s Amazing Unravelling Circus Has Come To Town!

Westminster Hall debates are strange events where, for half an hour, MPs get to grandstand by poking sticks at a minister who responds by reading out whatever policy line the civil servant sitting behind passes to them. At the end of the time allowed, the debate generally lapses and nobody...

Who is grooming who?

On Monday 30th July we witnessed one of the most unsavoury episodes to date in the Public Relations war that is being waged against fracking protesters here in the UK. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (which describes itself as being “made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor,...

Water Water Everywhere …

This article first appeared in edited form on Desmog.co.uk This year we have experienced the longest heat wave since 1976, and we learned this weekend that the North West of England is heading for a hosepipe ban in a couple of weeks. We have also learned recently that Cuadrilla have...