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Thomas Winkelmann (L), Managing Director of Germanwings, a Lufthansa subsidiary, and Carsten Spohr, Chairman of German airline Lufthansa, speak to the media following the latest developments in the investigation into the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 in southern France on March 26, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.

After the Germanwings disaster, do airplanes need to have three pilots onboard?

26 March 2015 15:34

As soon as I heard the French prosecutor reveal that the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet appears deliberately to have flown his plane into a mountain it took me back… Continue reading

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Is it really surprising that people think Ed Miliband is more of a toff than David Cameron?

25 March 2015 15:55

The most remarkable poll of the week was the one which suggested the British public find Ed Miliband more of a toff than David Cameron. It takes something to out-toff an… Continue reading

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The Domino’s effect: Can fund managers tell a pizza from a printer?

11 March 2015 13:13

There have been many occasions since the financial crisis that I have been led to question the calibre of the more-than-amply remunerated  ‘masters of the Universe’ who inhabit the City. But… Continue reading

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Fast Food Rights campaigners and members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union protest against the rise of zero hour contracts and job insecurity.

The real scandal of zero-hours contracts: HMRC’s greed

25 February 2015 14:42

Cue the Guardian headlines of ‘exploitation’ in ‘Dickensian’ Britain. Nearly 700,000 people are now working on zero-hours contracts, a rise of 100,000 in just one year. Is that really such… Continue reading

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Why are renewable technologies held to a different set of standards?

26 January 2015 12:18

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee wants a moratorium on fracking so that what it calls the ‘huge uncertainties’ of its impact on the environment can be resolved. If… Continue reading

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Is your smartphone making you fat?

23 January 2015 15:46

Matthew Parris is obsessed by an unsolicited app which landed on his smartphone and which, thanks to GPS tracking, is able to tell him how far he has walked in… Continue reading

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Objecting to Charlie Hebdo cartoons doesn’t make you a terrorist

8 January 2015 17:04

The French liberal-left and George W Bush are not natural bedfellows, but today the former are sounding just a little bit like the latter. The ‘Je suis Charlie’ banners they… Continue reading

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The UN has outsourced our emissions to the developing world

15 December 2014 8:10

Haiti is an object lesson in how chronic aid – as opposed to emergency aid in reaction to a disaster – can lay waste to a developing economy. For decades,… Continue reading

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Firefighters react to the Autumn Statement – before Osborne’s even opened his mouth

3 December 2014 12:31

Post-war Labour Chancellor Hugh Dalton had to resign for letting slip the contents of his Budget speech before he delivered it. Nowadays, everyone leaks in advance, including PR people. The… Continue reading

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Is the Hinkley C nuclear power station the most expensive object ever built in Britain?

1 December 2014 18:05

We might not have much of a coherent energy policy, but we do at least have the honour of breaking the record for the most expensive object ever built. According… Continue reading

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Before investing in more renewables, we need to find a cheap way of storing electricity

1 December 2014 16:20

There is an app you can load onto your smartphone, called UK Energy, which can tell you how much electricity is currently being generated in Britain and what percentage is… Continue reading

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Why Vladimir Putin’s threats about cutting off Europe’s gas supply are all bluff

1 December 2014 14:05

Has the West found a secret new weapon in its battle with Putin’s expansionist ambitions: reversible gas pipelines? Putin has never made a secret of his willingness to use energy… Continue reading

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The website FrackNation takes on claims made by Josh Fox in his film, Gasland. Image: PA

Why aren’t fracking companies drilling offshore, rather than on land?

1 December 2014 12:08

The city of Denton, Texas, doesn’t often make the news, but last month it did: it became the first city in the US – by a margin of 59 per… Continue reading

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How the US shale gas industry has changed the global economy

1 December 2014 11:44

The year 2014 will be remembered for an unprecedented juxtaposition of events. Two oil-producing countries in the Middle East were in a state of crisis. Relations between the West and… Continue reading

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Why don't we hear about the beneficial side of climate change?

28 November 2014 15:54

Two headlines on successive days speak volumes about the scaremongering which is endemic in the way in which learned bodies disseminate information on climate science. Yesterday, the Royal Society published… Continue reading

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The memorial to soldiers executed by British forces in World War I in The National Memorial Arboretum. Image: Getty

Why does the army still refuse to see any wrong in the execution of soldiers during WWI?

30 June 2014 9:41

Will the military ever see any wrong in the execution of 306 soldiers for cowardice and desertion in World War One? I ask only because I have tried and failed to… Continue reading

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Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

5 June 2014 10:30

I used to feel smug when plumbers, bricklayers and the like used to complain of Eastern European migrants coming over here and taking their work. They might be able to replace… Continue reading

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The violent, bloody clashes in Kiev remind us that the EU is seen as an emblem of freedom and prosperity in parts of Eastern Europe. (PIERO QUARANTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine reinforces the case for a wider but shallower EU

19 February 2014 17:55

With Ukip heading for possible victory in the European elections and anti-EU fervour growing across the continent, it is hard to imagine a country where people are so desperate to join… Continue reading

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Who is behind the ship of fools?

4 January 2014 19:36

As Chris Turney and his colleagues make their way home from their failed adventure, the next question is: who is going to be paying for their folly?  It certainly isn’t… Continue reading

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Global Warming Imapcts On Australian Antarctic Territory

The moral of the Antarctic ship of fools: never treat a scientific debate as if it is closed

3 January 2014 19:02

My tweet yesterday – ‘all saved from the ship of fools’ – has turned out to be premature. The havoc created by Professor Chris Turney’s Antarctic expedition  has since increased.… Continue reading

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The climate change trip stuck in ice

2 January 2014 13:48

My favourite quote of the season comes from Tracy Rogers, a marine ecologist who sometime today will be winched from the research vessel the Akademik Shokalskiy and rescued by helicopter.… Continue reading

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Eggborough power station (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

The Climate Change Act will do untold damage to British industry

16 December 2013 15:28

‘A very good deal for Britain,’ is how Ed Davey described the contract with EDF and Chinese backers to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset,… Continue reading

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Ed Davey’s energy policy claims another victim

14 December 2013 17:22

At last week’s Spectator energy conference Michael Fallon appeared to steer government policy away from green ideology and in a more business and consumer-friendly direction.   But there was to… Continue reading

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We can reduce carbon emissions, but we can’t afford Labour’s targets

2 December 2013 12:15

If Britain is to meet its self-imposed carbon-reduction targets it means the end of coal by 2030. Things aren’t looking much brighter for the coalition. The deep fissure between Liberal Democrat-driven green… Continue reading

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Boris’s Amnesty Proposal: you read it first in The Spectator, in 2001

4 July 2013 12:28

It is good to see Boris furthering his policy of allowing illegal immigrants to stay if they manage to evade the attention of the authorities for 12 years. Older readers may just… Continue reading

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