2011-08-22 05:42:00George Monbiot nearly drowns
Andy S


Via twitter

2011-08-22 13:27:04
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

Holy Crap.

2011-08-22 19:56:29
John Mason


That was nasty - the Gower has some pretty severe riptides in places. Bet he wishes he'd been on his fishing-kayak instead!

Cheers - John

2011-08-23 06:22:13


George Monboit is quickly back to form

....The most hopeful sign that politicians might now be prepared to ask the big questions was the presence, in Ed Miliband’s pile of holiday reading, of Professor Tim Jackson’s book Prosperity Without Growth(7). It’s a revolutionary text, now two years old, whose time has come(8).

It points out that the financial crisis was caused not by isolated malpractice, but by the systematic deregulation of the banks by governments, in order to stimulate economic growth by issuing more debt. Growth and the need to encourage it is the problem, and in the rich world it no longer bears any relationship to prosperity.

Jackson accepts that material well-being is a crucial component of prosperity, and that growth is essential to the well-being of the poorest nations. But in countries like the UK, continued growth and the policies which promote it undermine prosperity, which he defines as freedom from adversity or affliction. This means, among other blessings, health, happiness, good relationships, strong communities, confidence about the future, a sense of meaning and purpose.....