The session also talked about the Labour Government bullying councils into accepting inappropriate and polluting waste disposal arrangements through the use of the PFI scheme. It was noted that PFI was years behind environmental technology, effectively precluding the use of newer approaches like pyrolysis. It is exactly what I and my Lib Dem colleagues have been saying!
I will post a little more of Porritt's comments when I have a transcript. He was a Blair appointee originally, but he could barely contain his contempt for the lack of progress made by Labour on climate change and other environmental issues.