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The Ofgem statement that "Spare electricity power production capacity could fall to 2% by 2015, increasing the risk of blackouts" (as reported by the beeb) means that we can be held to ransom by the French (and Dutch) who control what we get through the 2GW interconnector. Any bets on the probability of the interconnector going down just at the wrong moment?

Jun 27, 2013 at 3:29 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

You can write down computers for tax after a year, I believe.. :-)

Jun 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

I thought they had only had one recently, but its looks like the MET is down to get another super computer according to the spending review, top of page 20!

Jun 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM | Unregistered Commentertheonlyconstantischange

Louise in the Torygraph on the Green Deal flop adds this optimistic note:

The “cashback” scheme, that offers a lump sum for installing “easy wins” like double glazing and new boilers on a first come first served basis, has been a success. Some 5,118 households have claimed £263,000 cash back - mostly for boilers.

So you offer people free money for something they were going to do anyway, and the "scheme" is a success - no shit, Sherlock - who'd have thought it?!

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterTurning Tide

PM

"25-year-old GlenBolloughs.."

:-)

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Barry, Dung and Tony Blair feature in the latest installment of Apocalypse Close

Jun 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

Anyone seen this?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/27/ozs_2013_heatwave_was_man_made/

Wonder how long before the Beeb/NYT/SS etc get behind it?

Then wonder how long before it is debunked?

Jun 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

Over mineral water, coffee and organic biscuits the biotech giants were able to press their case – entirely unchallenged – to ministers and policy makers. According to minutes of the meeting obtained by the Mail under FOI laws, there was agreement that the Government should “introduce incentives for investment” in biotechnology and to consider “improvements in the regulatory framework” governing it. The meeting also agreed that Britain should take a “clear position” on Europe’s GM ban and called for schoolchildren to have a fuller “education” on GM and plant science.

More propaganda lessons at school then.

http://www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk/daily-mail-reveals-how-biotech-firms-mugged-ministers/

Jun 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Registered Commentermatthu

Poor old Grauniad. Any maths that involves more than a dozen fingers, and they're stuffed...

Jun 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

The comments made me laugh...

He uses the wrong conjugation of "to weave" and gets a kicking.
Then someone points out felt is compressed not woven.

The (slighty serious) issue? The article was given a keyword: Sport/Wimbledon. So rather than just the greenie sections it appeared under Sport. So he was out of his comfort zone, not just the usual admiration of the greenies or the easily ignored responses of the "deniers".

No wonder these people hate real debate and exposure to their arguments. They get a kicking.

Jun 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

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