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Local media in China reported yesterday that the powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the agency responsible for planning China’s social and economic development, has proposed the country adopt an absolute cap on carbon emissions from 2016 (also here … Continue reading

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When it can be bothered to look, the London media tends to peer down its nose at the policies of the devolved administrations of the United Kingdom, attributing any success to the largesse of the Barnett formula rather than any … Continue reading

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As the government gives way to Ed Miliband’s call for a public commission of inquiry into the English riots, I thought it would inform the debate to collate some useful pieces of research and writing on riots, social disorder and … Continue reading

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I’ve just come back from a weekend in Delhi, where I was participating in the 13th India-UK Roundtable, a body established by the governments of both countries, of which I am a member. The UK co-chair is Chris Patten, which made … Continue reading

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The writer Peter Ackroyd – whose own name means ‘dweller in the oak forest’ – located the origin of the English imagination in the forest glades: ‘The mark or symbol of the hawthorn tree is to be found in the … Continue reading

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As the people of the UK dig themselves out of snowdrifts, they could be excused for seeing some absurdity in the urgent need to tackle climate change. But (assuming they can defrost the airport runways in time) Chris Huhne and … Continue reading

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Ken Worpole has this nice post at Our Kingdom about a new book to which he has contributed, Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings.

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On Saturday, I will attend the Stirling Prize awards dinner in London. I am privileged to sit on the board of the RIBA Trust, the body responsible for this most prestigious UK architectural award. This year’s shortlist includes some fabulous buildings. … Continue reading

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