We need to discard the ideological trappings of an increasingly discredited neo-liberalism – such as the fetish of consumer choice, or the notion of the small state...An active eco-state will never be the whole answer to the epic challenge of climate change, but it surely forms a big part of it.
• Andrew Dobson is a professor of politics at Keele University
Let us guess what part in an active eco-state Andrew Dobson sees himself playing. Is it the night soil man ensuring that his students have productive allotments? No?
And people wonder why some are sceptical about the political background to climate science.