Andrew Simms

Oh my, you can just see him salivating, can\’t you?

A world in which there is much less passive consumption of goods and services is a world in which we do many more things for ourselves and each other. It\’s a world not of absolute but much greater self-sufficiency, at the national, local and even individual level. In other words, it\’s a world in which we have much more control over our own fate. A revival of real local democracy beckons in which we are more responsible locally for our own food, energy and the reciprocal delivery of services. With 86 months to go, that doesn\’t sound too bad to a public very jaded about UK politics – it may even sound infinitely preferable.

To the fields, peasants! Look, it\’s February, turnips again! Yum, Yum!

The guy wants us to go back to some Poujadiste conception of terroir. Local stuff for locals. Don\’t eat the cheese from the next county because it\’ll cause the kids to have one eye in the middle of their foreheads.

Of course, there will still be a place in London for poncey gits to tell us all how to hoe those rutabagas…..

5 comments on “Andrew Simms

  1. “A revival of real local democracy beckons in which we are more responsible locally for our own food, energy and the reciprocal delivery of services.”

    So let me see. We would be re-opening the coalfields, every home would have an open fire, we would also be burning wood from the forests we had to cut down so we could grow all our own food. There would be precious little waste to dispose of because we would go back to burning it on the fire, like in the old days….

  2. Has anyone worked out whether he finished his undergraduate degree or not yet? His biographies are always a little vague on that point.

  3. Just to depress you Tim, but this from the Conservative Conference fringe:
    “Climate Clinic (The Cube, 113 Portland Street) :

    Financing the Green New Deal: How do we deliver zero carbon Britain?

    Speakers : Ashley Seager, Economics Correspondent – The Guardian (Chair); Greg Barker MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change; Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair – Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Andrew Simms, Policy Director – nef and founder member of the Green New Deal Group; Derry Newman, CEO – Solarcentury”

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