25 Aug 2009
Teddy Goldsmith RIP
Very sad to hear Teddy Goldsmith has died, long expected he had cancer alas
Will write more about him tomorrow....stayed with him once and met him a few times.
Both an essential thinker and pretty right wing!
The Economist noted back in 1999:
'He has never brooked any compromise with governments and big business; the “policy-wonking” has been left to his more emollient successors such as Jonathan Porritt of Friends of the Earth. Unlike the vast majority of his fellow campaigners, he is also well to the right of the Conservative Party on social and moral issues. This has made him an acquired taste even within the environmental movement. He has recently lost one editor of the Ecologist magazine, Nicholas Hildyard, for precisely these reasons.'
Which is a pretty decent summary....you can't dismiss his contribution which was important but no getting away from his negative features....must write about Godard as well (he is hale and healthy I believe).
Tricky when people are mixtures of the wonderful and the reactionery!
Much easier to simply praise or demonise.