This is the first time I’ve used a paparazzi image on the blog, but I suspect it’ll be the last too. Here’s Britain’s leader of the opposition Ed Miliband photographed with his summer reading, as featured in the Daily Mail. Three books from the top is Tim Jackson’s Prosperity Without Growth.
We do actually have Miliband’s views on post-growth on record. Here’s an interview from the Transition Network conference a couple of years ago, where Rob Hopkins and Peter Lipman do their best to get him to address the question of infinite growth in a finite world.
“If I think about my own constituency, or about China or India, economic growth is what lifts people out of poverty and raises people’s living standards” he argues. “I agree with you that we need a different model of economic growth, but I’m not sure that a message of ‘no growth’ is going to persuade people, or is even the right thing.”
With nine other titles competing, here’s hoping Jackson’s book gets the attention it deserves. Now, I wonder if David Cameron can be persuaded to read it…