Published: 11th Dec 2014

There was a time when general elections were thought of as an opportunity for serious debate about the kind of country and society we’d like to have. An election was a battle of ideas and a chance to right wrongs. Today – with the notable exception of Scotland – there’s a weariness and cynicism about the political process and a resigned acceptance that the UK can no longer ‘afford’ the social support networks, civic infrastructure and public services it used to take for granted. In such circumstances it becomes more important, not less, to challenge the terms of debate laid down in national political and media discourse. So for 2015, here’s a five-point manifesto for politicians with imagination, with the promises I would like to see discussed before the vote and implemented after it. Promise one: we will take climate change seriously The chances of avoiding destructive global climate changes … (To read the full article, subscribe below)