Saturday, February 23, 2008

Nick Clegg is dreaming of gardens in the sky

No, it's not a metaphor for his ambitions of doubling the number of Lib Dem MPs. He means it literally.

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.”

All credit to Nick for calling for environmental measures that would make life more pleasant for people.

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.


Anonymous said...

I don't think so. The Chicago scheme seems to involve paying $5,000 subsidies to people to put roof gardens in.

Us liberals don't approve of that sort of thing, do we?

Jonathan Calder said...

This Liberal does.