• HS2: route and branches review needed
    When people argue something is so good it’s pretty well perfect, and then it gets radically altered and they still say it’s perfect, then it’s time for some big questions. With the threat of catastrophic climate change getting ever nearer, the need to address the UK’s most greenhouse gas (GHG) intensive sector – transport – grows ever more urgent. Yet […]
  • A change of track
    Few people in Leicester these days know the city long ago had three mainline railway stations, including a very grandiose terminus. The old Belgrave Road station opened in 1883 and, back in the day, Leicester folk used to begin their trips to East Coast holiday resorts at the station. But the station’s promoters had got their ideas badly wrong. It […]
  • The road not taken
    “All times are times of transition,” wrote Flora Thompson in the late 1930s, recalling her childhood of the 1880s. I have been reading her well-known book, Lark Rise to Candleford, for the first time, having previously been mildly put off it by what I remember of a likeable but rather sentimentalised adaptation by the BBC. The book itself, with its […]
  • Food security matters
    “Keep calm and carry on” is a much misquoted slogan from the Second World War, but it reminds us how rapidly things can change. It’s just a fortnight since Russia launched its deadly military assault on Ukraine. Already thousands have died and cities are being reduced to rubble. Here, everyday life goes on, but most people realise that things are […]
  • The day the world changed
    When historians come to write the history of our times, 24 February 2022 may well be remembered as the day the World changed. We have no idea yet where the horror in Ukraine will lead, but we can be sure things will be different. Amidst the tragedy, a few are clinging to the old myths about fossil fuel powered growth. […]