Tom Burke's political comment: The environment is off the metro-land agenda

A review of the weak environmental machinery of the government is needed to counter the growing influence of the Treasury

Tom Burke is a founding director of E3G and a visiting professor at Imperial and University Colleges, LondonWhether the UK Independence Party’s surge in the local elections really is the seismic event in British politics that the commentariat would have you believe remains to be seen. Having been an engaged participant in the last such headlines shock, I have my reservations. The Social Democrat Party’s surge, for all its promise and talent, peaked within three years of its formation and was gone in seven. Its brief blaze through the political firmament did, however, keep the left out of office in Britain for nearly two decades. Not everyone will be sad if UKIP has the same impact on the right.

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