The eight most stupid things about the government’s stupid new solar cuts

In 2015 the Government properly went for the solar industry, on purpose. I wrote for Huffington Post about why this was dunderheaded. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/david-powell/solar-cuts-eight-most-stupid-things_b_8054048.html A Martian would say: that’s a shame, eh. Can’t you give that a little bit more money, rather than chopping off its legs just as it’s getting going? To which Mr Osborne would say, go away, Martian: I’ve …

Sustainability and Treasury: evidence to Parliament

I led a campaign for a couple of years to get the Treasury taking sustainability seriously, and one of its big results was getting the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee to run an inquiry into it. Here’s the evidence I submitted. (on Parliament website) The Treasury’s overriding prioritisation of economic growth at the expense of environmental and social goals is a …

Transforming the Treasury

the Treasury, London

I worked for a few years on highlighting the UK Treasury’s critical role in enabling or – more usually – blocking green economic transformation. Here’s a piece I wrote for OpenDemocracy about it in 2014. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/transforming-treasury-biggest-and-best-idea-of-all/ The Treasury is the spider at the heart of the Government web. It holds the purse strings and takes pride in saying ‘no’ to …