Daily Archives: 28 November 2006

Top 100 Tree Huggers

I should declare an interest as he is one of my bosses, but I was disappointed to see that Ron Bailey didn’t make the Department of the Environment’s Top 100 Environmentalists.

Pretty much anyone who has campaigned nationally on environmental issues in the last 20 years must have come across Ron, or worked on one of Ron’s project at some point. And he has a tremendous record of success at a time when it was much less easy to be green: the Home Energy Conservation Act, Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act and the Road Traffic Reduction Act. The Bailey-masterminded Local Sustainability Bill (note – contrary to what certain people would have you believe, this didn’t spring perfectly formed out of David Cameron’s arse) has just been adopted by Nick Hurd MP, who came top of the private members’ ballot. Supported by 363 MPs (a majority – and that includes all 63 Lib Dem MPs I’m pleased to say), it has a real chance of becoming law.

If that isn’t enough to be Swampy, for Pete’s sake, what is?

Bloggers Bad! (part 93)

I suppose the obvious (nerd) joke is that all blogs already abide by code in order to get read (wakka wakka). Seriously though for a second, I don’t have a particular problem with a voluntary code (so long as it doesn’t stipulate a minimum number of posts per month which I would no doubt fail to abide by), but I can’t see what good it will do. Responsible people will continue to behave responsibly, while irresponsible people won’t sign up to it in the first place. And it’s not as if readers will be particularly bothered who is or isn’t signed up.

There is, no doubt, a lot of offensive stuff out there, but so what? What tangible harm does it do that isn’t already covered by existing legislation?

I can’t help but feel that talk about voluntary codes is code for something quite involuntary. And it isn’t as if the Press Complaints Commission are the paradigm of self-regulation.