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Presently, the United Kingdom and the Ukraine seem to be on the brink of separation, and what is noteworthy is the different ways these break-ups appear to be playing out. There are already dead people on the streets in the Ukraine, while Scottish Nationalists remain unharmed by the forces of the State.
Voter engagement among the young is low and seems set to fall still further: only 44% of those aged 18 voted in the 2010 general election, and only 12% of this age group say that they are “certain to vote” at the next from 30% just two years ago.
There are those who view religion as a force for good and wish to see it play a greater role in shaping society, and there are those who view religion as a malign and wish to see it forced to the margins of society.
Soon after the financial crisis hit in 2008, the most pressing issue on everyone’s mind was how our finance sector could be reformed so that a meltdown of this degree would never again occur and economic stability could return to the UK.
Last week’s Community Energy Strategy sets out, in part, to identify how to support investment funding for community energy. A series of grants and funding schemes from across different parts of government are highlighted.
DECC’s Community Energy Strategy is a glass half full for some, and half empty for others. Jonathan Porritt gave it a 4/10. Megan Darby of Utility Week was rather more impressed and summarised it in a very readable article entitled “DECC feels community spirit.”
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