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Articles from George Monbiot

Black Box

July 12, 2017 - 02:39 -- Admin

Unesco’s tragicomic aversion to public engagement.

By George Monbiot, published on, 12th July 2017

This is supporting material for my column on the Lake District’s acquisition of World Heritage status, that will be published on this site under the title Lie of the Land.

Covering Fire

July 7, 2017 - 02:11 -- Admin

The public inquiry into Grenfell Tower will be a farce unless it examines the long-running assault on public protections.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 5th July 2017

We don’t allow defendants in court cases to select the charges on which they will be tried. So why should the government set the terms of a public inquiry into its own failings? We don’t allow criminal suspects to vet the trial judge. Why should the government approve the inquiry’s chair?

Secrets and Lies

June 29, 2017 - 18:49 -- Admin

Brexit should be halted until we know who paid for the Leave vote

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th June 2017


Should the EU referendum be annulled? For the past year I’ve been arguing that this would mean defying a democratic decision – even if it was informed by lies. Democracy is not negotiable.

A Plant in Government

June 28, 2017 - 01:53 -- Admin

Another deadly tree disease threatens these islands, but the government will do nothing to keep it out.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 21st June 2017

The less you care, the better you will do. This has long been the promise of conservative politics on both sides of the Atlantic. People who couldn’t give a tinker’s cuss about the consequences of their actions are elevated to the highest levels of government. Their role is to trash what lesser mortals value.

They Got Their Bonfire

June 28, 2017 - 01:00 -- Admin

The Grenfell Tower inferno is what deregulation looks like.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th June 2017

For years, successive governments have built what they call “a bonfire of regulations”. They have argued that “red tape” impedes our freedom and damages productivity. Britain, they have assured us, would be a better place with fewer forms to fill, fewer inspections and less enforcement.

Press Gang

June 16, 2017 - 18:36 -- Admin

The media was exposed in this election as wildly out of touch with the nation. This is not surprising, as it lives in a hall of mirrors.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 16th June 2017

Vote in Hope

June 8, 2017 - 15:09 -- Admin

This election could transform our captured, corrupted nation. The outcome, as ever, belongs to those who turn up

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 7th June 2017

 Space Savers

June 6, 2017 - 01:11 -- Admin

We have enough physical and ecological space for public luxury for all. But not enough for private luxury for all.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 31st May 2017

Fell Purpose

May 19, 2017 - 23:27 -- Admin

The attempt to turn the Lake District into a World Heritage site would be a disaster

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th May 2017

If this bid for power succeeds, the consequences for Britain will be irreversible. It will privilege special interests over the public good, shut out the voices of opposition and damage the fabric of the nation, perhaps indefinitely. No, I’m not writing about the election.