You may already know that my father, Sir Crispin Tickell, died in January at the considerable age of 91. His principal claim to fame is to have been the diplomat who convinced Margaret Thatcher, the then prime minister, that climate change was a serious threat to humanity and the planet we live on, and that we had better do something about it.

His early life followed a proper course: as a scholar at Westminster School and later at Christ Church, Oxford, military service in the Coldstream Guards, and passing the Civil Service exams with flying colours. But that list of conventional accolades ...


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