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Grim Fairy Tales and Hard Times

That opportunity for change it seems has passed. In the years before the crash the City insisted on light touch regulation and governments obliged. The whip was in the claw of the Golden Goose and the City’s importance to the UK economy was its shiny golden egg nesting at the centre of the European money markets. When the egg went rotten our governments should/could have acted. At that moment there was a perfect moment for democratically elected leaders to act, to take back the power and to regulate the banks. Instead they dithered and in a perverse turn around our governments now have had to come to heal.

Carbon Pumping Label Junkies

When it comes to saving our planet, using a system based on seeking advantage through ‘negotiation’ for our mutual survival is bound to fail. It might be possible for rich countries to continue pooing in the hotub for a little longer at the expense of the developing world but ultimately we’re set to join the Dodo. Its pretty clear that the only process bound to succeed is one where a safe level of global emissions is set and we all get a carbon allowance.

In times of peril our perceptions of differences diminish and in the past we have come together to pitch for a common cause. Its at moments like this that we should see beyond the borders of country and touch our commonality, the hopes for our children and grandchildren and future of our world. In Copenhagen we need leadership not negotiators.

Ken Finn