£8 flights to the US from Ryanair. You have a 16-hour round-trip flight, that emits four times as much carbon as short-hops to Europe, costing less. Oh, and Stansted wants to double its passengers. People are up in arms about Enron-accounting, and derivative products that make the world economy go kablooey, but somehow, we're comfortable with the cost of aviation not reflecting the long-term environmental cost.
In other news:
Maybe we need Young Young Greens branches.
David Miliband had a rough ride from John Humphrys over the conflict in the Congo. Humphrys repeatedly put to him that the problem is the struggle over natural resources and that multinational corporations are complicit.
Do we want our nuclear bomb factories to be flooded?
Heavy drinking contributes to 25% of dementia cases in Britain. The price of alcohol, relative to our income, has halved since the 1960's. So, if we keep binge drinking like we do, we will have a wave of cases of dementia for the NHS to deal with in coming decades.