Nature is not a drag in meeting social and economic goals. The reverse is the case. Perhaps more of them would be able to see this if only they spent a little time reading the evidence confirming this alternative reality, much of which was officially collected at considerable public expense.
The initiative from techUK with their manifesto that calls for the government to invest more in digital technology is essential to the development of the sector here in the UK. The manifesto urges politicians and policy-makers to recognise the critical significance of the global digital revolution.
Important in and of itself, a craft education isn't just about creating beautiful objects. It has a vital role to play in wider industry, helps with problem-solving (as Matthew Crawford illustrated in his best-seller The Case for Working with Your Hands), and contributes to general cognitive development.
My heart lifted as I read Monday's reports that the Government may consider merging Employees' National Insurance and Income Tax. If the Chancellor is strongly considering this idea, he will enjoy widespread backing from Conservative MPs, activists and supporters.
Blame has been laid squarely at the door of the 31million people who did not vote. Bizarrely, some tweeters started hurling abuse at Russell Brand after his recent outburst on Question Time and subsequent 'manifesto' of revolution through non-participation. But it is highly unlikely that a significant proportion of the electorate decided not to vote for that reason.
In Newham, the borough I was born and raised in, over 3,000 young people are unemployed. Across Britain, one million young people are unemployed. We have been called the lost generation, the scarred generation, the hopeless generation. We are not 'generation y', we are generation 'y is it so hard to get a job?'
Our contention, sharpened by years of research and global consultation, is two-fold: first, world leaders have failed to make democracy fit to tackle the environmental and social threats facing humanity; second, and despite the lot of them, democracy remains the only hope to tackle those threats.
As we start another marathon year, I'm sure you've reviewed the previous year and are spending some time planning to achieve more goals this year. I wanted to just quickly touch on the importance of keeping things real and simple in business.
Young people continue to create Britain's brands of the future. I have founded businesses as a recent graduate and many people I looked up to did exactly the same. Richard Reed of Innocent Smoothies, James Dyson, and James Murray-Wells of Glasses Direct founded their businesses as recent graduates.
London now suffers more countries-per-monarch than any other city in Europe. This economic burden is just one of many constitutional injustices our head-of-state inflicts upon her subjects. So why did support for the monarchy reach a record high in 2012?