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Podcast: Adapting to climate change, monogamy in gay marriage and new forms of electioneering

3 April 2014

8:41 AM

3 April 2014

8:41 AM

Is the world finally realising it has to adapt to, rather than halt, climate change? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Matt Ridley discusses this week’s Spectator cover on the IPCC’s latest climate change report with Fraser Nelson. What do the findings mean for climate sceptics and the green lobby? How has the received wisdom on climate change shifted over the past eight years? And how big of a political issue is climate change?

Julie Bindel and Douglas Murray also discuss gay marriage and the new responsibilities that come with it. Should gay marriages follow the same monogamous virtues as heterosexual marriages? Has the gay rights movement been taken over by too many conservative ideals? Is marriage a failed institution anyway?


Plus, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman explain why there is a real chance of reforming Whitehall after the next election. With all three parties having a shot at power after 2015, will the civil service listen to their concerns? And how are each of the parties changing their election tactics to improve their chances?

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  • Mick of Orpington

    For a run down on the EU see 2012 – 021 The origins of the EU and 2014 -017 From the Somerset Levels to the EU to the UN to the Club of Rome and 2012 – -15 The Global Warming Fraud.

  • dado_trunking

    Britain’s climate is changing rapidly indeed.

    The position of our state religion and governance by the Head of State is outdated. No one is in church, everyone is thinking about the weather, constantly.

    Our voting system is undemocratic and in favour of the two large parties. In a five party plus scenario that is outdated too. Greens are not in power, yet they appear to be calling all the shots.

    The regions feel increasingly disenfranchised noting that the centralisation agenda has taken its toll only there, not in the capital city. The Maria Miller house sale saga fully exemplified how sustainable housing policy does NOT look like.

    Subsidies of any local energy generation, may it be shale gas, coal, wind energy and geothermal are in the firm grip of corporations, not the communities that ought to benefit foremost. Again, we are led to believe that Greenies call all the shot yet personnally, they do not seem to be making a penny.

    The Magna Carta socialists repeatedly socialised all their losses (and continue to do so), with detrimental effect for the nation. It is our legacy, it will continue to be our destiny.

    The entire system is ready for change – the people are asking for that change, everywhere. UKIP have not united the nation on that quest, they are merely a facilitator for Scotland to cancel the 1707 contract. Then everything will unfold, in a logical order and without exception.
    I love it when the climate changes!

    • BuBBleBus

      Why do Scots people keep saying “I”?

      • dado_trunking

        . . . the phonetic inversion of a Westminster ‘yyeeee’?

  • Jez

    Er, you didn’t see the debate last night then?