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The View from 22 — something fishy, Romney’s Tea Party, tall building syndrome and Clegg’s nonsense theories

30 August 2012

9:21 AM

30 August 2012

9:21 AM

Why does hydroelectric power have such a friendlier image compared to other forms of renewable energy? In this week’s magazine cover, our first ever Matt Ridley Prize winner Pippa Cuckson examines why hydroelectricity is not just bad for the taxpayer, but also bad for the environment. In our View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson discusses this hidden scandal:

‘The principle of hydroelectric power, which is great for mountains, does not apply England’s green and pleasant lakes. But that hasn’t stopped the government subsidising this because they love the idea so much…every week three hydro-plants are being authorized which pretty much have the power of a candle. They require huge amounts of subsidy but most important of all, they harm the environment.’

Freddy Gray also speaks about this week’s political column, written by blogger Tim Stanley from Florida. Stanley writes that Mitt Romney is still trying to woo over the Tea Party, mostly because they more interesting and likeable than he is. Freddy agrees he needs to harness their popularity:

‘The [British media’s] idea is that Romney’s marketing problem is the Tea Party and they are diminishing his brand. Actually in America, the biggest problem is not the Tea Party but Mitt Romney himself. He’s a country club Republican who is desperately unpopular with the masses. What the Tea Party brings to the Republican Convention is a certain amount of colour and working class style. We may find it a little disturbing but it’s undoubtedly lively and rather interesting.’

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Clarissa Tan also joins to explain her theory of a correlation between building sky scrapers and approaching economic dissasters. And what does Fraser think of Nick Clegg’s latest proposals for taxing the wealthy? Listen with the embedded player below to hear why he says we need to rally behind George Osborne. You can also have the latest podcast delivered straight to your machine by subscribing through iTunes. As ever, we’d love to hear what you think, good or bad.

The View from 22 – 3o August 2012. Length 23:54
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  • Augustus

    “… Mitt Romney is still trying to woo over the Tea Party, mostly because they more interesting and likeable than he is.”
    It’s true that until a few months ago everyone wondered if all the different streams within the
    party would manage to unite behind the former governor of Massachusetts, but now ‘true blue’ conservatives are more likely hoping for a strong GOP Congress and a fiscal conservative in the WH by 2020. Mittens may be a flaming liberal to some, but if Obama is re-elected he will continue to rule by decree and conservative voices in Congress will be suppressed.

  • Augustus

    “He’s a country club Republican who is desperately unpopular with the masses.”
    The mass media have an enormous impact on how public opinion is portrayed, whether or not that portrayal is factual. The mere fact that the mainstream press is so reluctant to cover the biggest story of all, the dangerous state of the American economy, tells you everything you need to know about their preference for the worst president to ever serve in the Oval Office.

  • Tyler Rouillard

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyscraper_Index

    Hardly Clarissa Tan’s own theory…

  • Frank P

    “You can also have the latest podcast delivered straight to your machine by subscribing through iTunes. As ever, we’d love to hear what you think, good or bad.”

    No Sebastian; you’re looking for digital footfalls, the commercial basis of your existence;
    it is clear from the editorial policy of this magazine that your ‘interest’ in the opinions of the vast majority of the erstwhile core readership of this once worthy magazine is zilch; otherwise things would have changed for the better; that is a move away from leftist ideology would have been effected, rather than the exact opposite.

    • Frank P

      Or to put it more simply, this rag has now become just another placard for the long marchers.

      • http://www.coffeehousewall.co.uk/ Coffeehousewall

        The Spectator would gain more credibility, from a low base, if its bloggers actually responded to the arguments raised against their blogs. It is difficult to avoid the feeling that what is written is not intended to convey any serious points, just generate traffic.

        • UlyssesReturns

          I agree. Too often the discussion is amongst ourselves until the trolls awake from their welfare induced torpors and then the posts degenerate into name-calling and cut and paste leftist propoganda. If Messrs Payne, Nelson, Hardman et al actually engaged with, or even listened to us, the standard of discussion might increase and with it a more right-of-centre, higher footfall publication would result. I am beginning to find a better class of comment and interaction at The Commentator but retain my Speccie subscription, for now at least.

          • http://www.coffeehousewall.co.uk/ Coffeehousewall

            Try www coffeehousewall co uk as well

        • http://www.spectator.co.uk/ Sebastian Payne

          I always do try my best to respond whenever time permits

          • UlyssesReturns

            That is the sort of response that no one who worked for me would ever attempt. If your job is writing for us, what else is there for you to do?

        • http://www.spectator.co.uk/ Sebastian Payne

          I always do try my best to respond whenever time permits

    • David

      Not sure how asking for feedback on a relatively new podcast feature is related to political idology, please can you enlighten me?

      • Frank P

        No surprise there then

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