Getting off the grid isn’t the solution. Fixing the grid is


Getting off the grid isn’t the solution. Fixing the grid is

Project-specific private-public partnerships are the way to fix our country’s problem of inequality

Mark Barnes

People brag about being off the grid. It’s not just because they have established a supply no longer dependent on the government (usually), but because they can’t abide the service provided. Getting off the grid is as much a protest against the status quo as it is a need to be independent.

The natural progression of off-the-gridders is to eventually do all things for themselves – from solar power to homegrown vegetables. They object to the consequences of the practices of the established providers of goods and services. People (not just the greenies) want to opt out, and it’s not just from electricity.

The next phase of getting off the grid has already started, spreading way beyond the normal suspect services. In the final phase (for those who can afford it), they’re leaving the country, taking their skills, assets, intellectual capital, and children with them – at any cost, to them and to us...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times Daily subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times Daily content.

Sunday Times Daily

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email or call 0860 52 52 00.