WE ALL KNOW that there are better ways to run the world. I am not thinking here of the big picture – world peace, global democracy and all that. I am looking to small things. ‘Kitchen table’ things, to borrow a phrase from I forget which politician (are they all the same these days?). Things lacking in controversy, that sensible, reasonable people can hopefully agree on. Put together, consider them my short manifesto for a (slightly) better world.

Gas guzzlers

At present in the UK we have to pay more road tax on big cars than on small ones: the least efficient cars pay £160–170 per year, the ...


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