Previously, anti-pollution campaigners have focused on violations of nitrogen dioxide levels. The campaign group ClientEarth has for years been challenging the government to take greater action against urban pollution, and with great success. ClientEarth has a bug-bear about diesel, another supposedly environmentally friendly alternative that turned out not to be. But who has diesel as part of their gracious living matrix anyway? Sweaty old diesel users have only got themselves to blame. How could they ever have believed that diesel was a clean fuel? Some people don’t have the sense they were born with. … [Read more...] about Ban wood-burning stoves? Not in my back flue!
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Revealing the true nature of the Tories’ economic agenda will mean dismantling their rhetoric. The policy of free ports – low-regulation, low-tax zones – jars with other promises. When David Frost, Johnson’s chief EU negotiator, announces Britain’s refusal to commit to maintaining environmental, employment and social standards on a par with the EU, the Tory right’s dream of a race to the bottom menaces more than ever. The left must prepare to fight it. But the Johnson-Cummings axis has at least understood its constituency. Genuine enthusiasm for economic liberalism has never existed beyond a small sliver of the electorate. … [Read more...] about The Tories have evolved as the left plays the same old tune
Well, I think health care is becoming that economic issue, because what voters really care about is for their costs to go down in health care. I thought it was very fascinating this week, when Bernie Sanders went around touting his Medicare for all plan, that even the Culinary Union said they weren't going to endorse him and even said, we like our health care, and we don't want you to take it away. … [Read more...] about Americans evacuated from Diamond Princess cruise ship now under two-week quarantine in US
At his company’s shareholder meeting Wednesday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon called on Congress to raise the federal wage floor. This was no act of altruism or noblesse oblige. At present, Walmart maintains a minimum wage of $11 at its stores. Given that Republicans control the Senate and even House Democrats can’t agree on raising the federal minimum to $15, it seems safe to assume that a wage hike would not affect Walmart, but would drive up the labor costs of some of its competitors. … [Read more...] about If Trump Were Smart, He’d Raise the Minimum Wage Before 2020
I saw several of the men again at 3pm on Saturday, when Fleetwood Town FC were hosting Tranmere Rovers. When I was a child, only a handful of people watched the club, but it has had a meteoric rise since 2004 when it was taken over by Andy Pilley, a local businessman who set about rebuilding the stadium, investing in players and training facilities, and overseeing six promotions to the third tier of English football. Before he made his fortune as an energy provider, one of Pilley’s first jobs was as a market trader in Fleetwood, selling football shirts. In February 2004, he was invited to become part of a “financially distressed” club. “The gate was 80 people when I first watched them,” he told me, “and 60 of them might have been the players’ family. The pitch was like the surface of the moon and we were close to closure.” … [Read more...] about Cod wars to food banks: how a Lancashire fishing town is hanging on
Production isn't over yet, so the total assembly numbers for these supercars are only going to grow. Lamborghini has set major production milestones for two of its models by building the 8,000th Aventador – specifically an Aventador S Roadster in Grigio Telesto gray for a customer in Japan. In addition, the Italian firm built its 11,000th Huracán, and the example in Blue Nethuns is for a buyer in Italy. … [Read more...] about Lamborghini Celebrates Making 11,000th Huracan, 8,000th Aventador