Nick Clegg says the Constitutional Reform bill which had its second reading in parliament yesterday is the “biggest shake-up of our democracy since 1832". Well, I shudder to think that the cloak of radicalism – and the great cause of electoral reform – is being wrapped around a sectarian piece of legislation that ignores 11,000 of my constituents.Read more
Chris Huhne and David Cameron never tire of claiming that the coalition will be “the greenest government ever” – and media reports had lead us to believe ambitious new policies would be announced in yesterday’s speech by Chris Huhne. But in the end it was only the rhetoric that was ambitious.
The Alternative Vote - I am against it. I might be more enthusiastic about a referendum if there were a third option on the ballot paper, maybe “I want the government to get on with something which actually matters to people’s lives”. I’m certain the result would give the coalition some perspective. Currently the proposals do little to improve our electoral system while doing away with the benefits of “first past the post” and using up any political capital for real electoral reform.Read more
Sitting in the European lounge in the warm, with coffee and a croissant. Waiting for Obama. Hall only half full. Having negotiated all night, did they fall asleep over their breakfast? More likely they are having difficulties getting past the nightmare security. Silver passes to get into hall today or "or a corresponding pin distributed to Heads of State or Government". He's an hour late. Is this a sign? Last minute concessions following at the door discussions? Or is it just that Airforce One got held up by the snow?
On my way in on the bus today, we passed a group of about thirty youngsters at the side of the road. They were holding a long banner which read "politicians talk, leaders act". They were standing in silence in the wind and the snow and conveyed their message with much more power than any of the people shouting at delegates on the way into the centre.Read more
Walked through the snow to the Danish Parliament where MPs from 62 countries were meeting to discuss Climate Change and our response. As the UKs only representative, I thought it probably best I arrive on time; but with my map turning into papier macheand the snow blowing into my face as I got progressively more lost, there were moments during my epic jurney when I had my doubts!Read more
I met a woman from the Met Office today who pointed me in the direction of the UKCP09 climate projections for London:
The key messages for Islington are that temperatures will increase, summer rainfall will decrease, but winter rainfall will increase.
The European Investment Bank brought four organizations to conference whose renewables projects they had been helping. It was strange to hear bankers being praised in this day and age, but it happened in the Victor Borge Room at 3 o/c today.Read more
This conference is absolutely packed. And next week we are expecting even more people! There is some alarm starting to bubble up about just how everyone who wants come is going to fit in!Read more
Our visits started at the DCI offices. It was a fairly harrowing meeting. We were told that Palestinian children as young as 12 are being tried in the Israeli military courts and sentenced to imprisonment.Read more