Arlene Foster calls for 'fundamental appraisal' of Northern Ireland Civil Service in latest batch of RHI evidence BelfastTelegraph.co.uk DUP leader Arlene Foster has called for a "fundamental appraisal" of the Northern Ireland Civil Service in further written evidence submitted to the RHI inquiry. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/rhi-scandal/arlene-foster-calls-for-fundamental-appraisal-of-northern-ireland-civil-service-in-latest-batch-of-rhi-evidence-37602142.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37568543.ece/3a470/AUTOCROP/h342/tyImages-1044440840.jpg Email DUP leader Arlene Foster has called for a "fundamental appraisal" of the Northern Ireland Civil Service in further written evidence submitted to the RHI inquiry. Mrs Foster, in evidence published by the RHI inquiry on Thursday, also raised the possibility of extending the Home Civil Service to Northern Ireland. The DUP MLA, who was DETI Minister when the botched green energy scheme started, … [Read more...] about Arlene Foster calls for ‘fundamental appraisal’ of Northern Ireland Civil Service in latest batch of RHI evidence
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Eco-realism v. hippy extremism? When it comes to speaking-out about climate change, too much doomsaying can turn people off and make engagement seem futile. Yet too much optimism, and the status quo may not shift in time. Getting this balance right is perhaps the greatest challenge facing a new group of environmental activists, known as Extinction Rebellion, who want to use civil disobedience to highlight the climate crisis. Drawing upon findings from a recent UN report on climate change, the movement argues that the world only has “12 years left” to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown. They consequently want the UK to reach net-zero emissions by 2025. “We say the social contract has been broken, so we not only have a right to rebel, we have a duty to rebel”, said Gail Bradbrook, an experienced activist and mother of two, at a press conference last week. Rather than submit yet another petition, they believe that peaceful but arrestable protest is the … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Rebellion Day: does the gravity of climate change ever justify breaking the law?
There have been times, during the last eight years of Tory rule, when the Conservatives’ bluster and sloganeering really have been breath-taking. During the 2017 general election campaign, the Tories promised us they would electrify the Trans-Pennine, Midland Mainline and Great Western routes – but they scrapped that just six weeks later. They insisted they would devolve key transport decisions. That was binned too. While Labour has promised to deliver a Crossrail for the North and pledged £10bn to it, the Tories’ “Northern Powerhouse” has turned out to be not just empty rhetoric, but a slap in the face of anyone who dared to hope the UK’s economic imbalance could soon be corrected. Today the Tories are scheduled to add another line to their list of failures. They will announce whether or not they support a zero carbon power plant in Swansea, producing energy for hundreds of thousands of homes, and creating thousands of jobs. Turbines built in a … [Read more...] about Opinion: The government is about to cancel a billion-pound energy project in Wales – if this happened in London, there would be uproar
The new Socialist prime minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has informed Brussels about his plans to change the country’s policy on renewable energy and climate change. Sánchez has been in the post less than a week following a successful no-confidence vote against Mariano Rajoy of the Popular Party (PP). Several sources within the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and the European Union confirmed that Spanish authorities have been in touch with the European Council, which sets the EU’s policy agenda, to discuss Spain’s new approach to environmental issues. We are going to change the narrative. The energy transition is not a whimsical issue PSOE source “We are going to change the narrative,” said a source in Sánchez’s team. “The energy transition is not a whimsical issue.” The EU is currently debating a set of directives that will guide the development of renewable energy in the union for the next decade. Until now, Spain … [Read more...] about Spain’s new PM signals change of tack on climate change
Amber Rudd has resigned as home secretary amid increasing pressure over the way the Home Office handled immigration policy. Her resignation came after leaked documents undermined her claims she was unaware of the deportation targets her officers were using. Downing Street confirmed Theresa May had accepted Ms Rudd’s resignation on Sunday night. She is the fifth cabinet minister to have left their position since the Prime Minister called the snap election in June 2017. Read more Who could replace Amber Rudd as home secretary? Amber Rudd resigns as home secretary, Downing Street says Leaked document reveals Amber Rudd boasted of increasing deportations Rudd had 'ambition' to increase deportations but it was not 'target' Here is Ms Rudd’s resignation letter in full: It is with great regret that I am resigning as Home Secretary. I feel it is necessary to do so because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of illegal immigrants … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd’s resignation letter in full and the Prime Minister’s response