Tag Archives: Sir John Armitt

Labour’s infrastructure plans won’t tackle the biggest barrier to delivery

AirlinerThis post appeared first on BusinessGreen.

Heathrow was the elephant in the room at Tuesday’s Infrastructure Commission launch by Labour in Westminster. Most people there heard the shadow chancellor’s commitment to take early decisions on infrastructure as an indication that he’d approve a third runway if Labour gets back into power. Read more

Infrastructure planning needs technocrats, but don’t forget the politics

Untitled2This post is by Matthew Spencer, director of Green Alliance, and Julian Morgan, chief economist at Green Alliance.

Technocrats get a bad rap. In the media stereotype, they are calculating micro-managers, bent on controlling the world with little understanding of how it really operates. Yesterday, Sir John Armitt set out a more interesting view of a technocratic commission, peopled by wise, forward thinking public servants set on preparing the UK’s infrastructure for the 2040s. We think it has strong merit, and could help to drive the transition to a lower carbon, smarter UK economy. The fact that Armitt has recognised that carbon and sustainability impacts have to be a central criteria for the commission is a great start. Read more