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Rupert’s Read is up to 4th in the Total Politics listing of green blogs: http://www.totalpolitics.com/blog/257557/top-20-green-blogs-2011.thtml
I’m up to 8th in the TP listing of green blog-gers, too: http://www.totalpolitics.com/blog/257572/top-20-green-bloggers-2011.thtml
I am I confess slightly surprised that those numbers aren’t the other way around. I don’t consider Rupert’s Read to be a work of art, as a blog. Much of my best blogging is probably on Talking Philosophy, Better Nation, Liberal Conspiracy, Bright Green Scotland, Left Foot Forward, Green Words Workhop, and Open Democracy, and then just gets ‘aggregated’ to this blog. Maybe people have looked kindly on the aggregating, and like being able to find all my stuff here, including Rupert’s Read ‘exclusives’.
Anyway, whatever the reasoning behind those who voted for me, thanks!
 

The east-west rail-link: my thoughts

The recent news about the East / West rail consortium’s bid to link Norwich with Oxford , Milton Keynes, Bedford and beyond is strongly welcomed by the Eastern England Green Party. Not only would this line bring many (and much needed) jobs to Eastern England, but it will also remove traffic from our ever more congested roads. It makes sense to invest more in the rail network, as fuel becomes more expensive, because more can of course be moved by rail with less friction, thus removing numerous lorries from the roads.

Nevertheless, I am concerned that the improved links envisaged here may be used as an excuse by the rail companies to increase their already astronomical fares. In addition, as has already been demonstrated by the recent high speed rail link from London to Leeds , stops in between are often left off the route and other train services become slower as a result. In my opinion, these are good reasons for continuing to lobby the government to re-regulate the train companies.
 
In other words: let’s build the rail link envisaged here. But let’s do it under a renationalised rail system, not under the current un-joined-up fat-cat-dominated privatised rail system that successive Labour and Conservative/LibDem governments have left us with.

The economic crash resulted from the limits to growth

Saral Sarkar is one of the few people to integrate successfully a full ecological perspective into thinking about the 2008 downturn. See his new book on this, here:
 
If you don’t have time to read the whole book, then at least read the final two chapters. Basically, Sarkar argues that the current crisis of capitalism is a result of the limits to growth, and that it is going to be permanent… There will never again be a return to growth…