A couple of days ago the Manchester Evening News reported:
Mr Clegg said he supported a scheme in Chicago to build green roofs on all buildings where it was feasible – and told the M.E.N. he wanted to see similar plans in Britain.
“I think if the people of Manchester or wherever were up for it, it should happen,” he said. “It doesn’t provide all the solutions but it is a visible expression of using space in a way that saves money and has an impact on the environment.”
Too often the policies that greens favour - banning candescent light bulbs, bins for waste food - sound like the sort of indignities that were imposed on the masses in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.