Friday, April 28, 2006

Vote Blue, Go Green, See Red!

David Cameron's greenery is sprouting up all around us like faux Xmas trees. It's all about photo ops, folks! So, get on yer bike and have the official car carry your books and papers a few yards behind. Read all about it here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Mark Steyn on Global Warming

The Daily Telegraph appears to have cut Mark Steyn adrift but I am pleased to note that he has landed on the shore of Lake Michigan and writing as pithily and wittily as ever for the Chicago Sun Times. Here is his take on the politics of global warming. The entire piece is very heart warming and yet does not melt the ice of a single glacier. Encore, Mr. Steyn!

Monday, April 24, 2006

The Green Chameleon

British politicians are attempting to cool the planet! The "coolest" of all must be the new Tory leader, David Cameron, he who doesn't wear a tie and has plans for an energy saving windmill on his London residence. A major plank of his new policies to make him look more like Tony Blair (and therefore perhaps a lot less appealing to the voter) is the environment. Which might be good if I could believe that he really means all he says.

The Conservative Party wants to win the next general election but apparently doesn't know how to achieve this relatively simple task. Instead of focusing on the present Government's track record and being a vocal opposition, they are bombarding us with a load of new policies that don't add up. First, many of the policies seem to be very close to what the present Government has in its manifesto, and second the main elements of the new policy seems to be based on spin, photo opportunities and poor advice.

The recent tour of a Norwegian glacier that is shrinking fast has all the mockery of a political joke. Instead of campaigning for the current local elections, Cameron took off for Norway where the press dutifully photographed him tie-less on a plane (creating all those carbon emissions), in a parka with a dog team (no sno-mobiles for the pictures!) and generally making noises about sustainability while walking about on his selected glacier (he could have walked on a glacier that is increasing in size).

Sustainability? A six syllable word that sounds wonderful in a political speech but does little for anyone with common sense at their side. People with "good intentions" and a "holier than thou" attitude always seem to be trying to make the rest of us feel uncomfortable. Strangely, such people are generally a lot better off than the rest of us (HRH Charles Windsor being a classic example) but they always try to come across as though they are suffering more than we are! Hence the use of the word sustainability.

It all comes down to elitism. David Cameron is just as elitist as Tony Blair only he has yet to do anything with his life other than become leader of the opposition party. Imagine what he could be like if elected Prime Minister!

Personally, looking at the British Political spectrum I have a hard time seeing anyone who is fit to lead the country. The Labour Party seems to have annointed Gordon Brown as successor to Tony Blair (whenever. . . .) when in my opinion the better qualified man for PM would be Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Cameron is fast proving himslef to be unfit. And the guy who was recently elected leader of the Lib-Dems, who is he, exactly? That leaves the fringe parties like UKIP (an interesting bunch of xenophobes who could capitalize on the failure of the main parties to get a message across), the Green Party (not a real contender in the UK) and, heaven forbid, the BNP.

Look for a lot of election day abstentions and, worse still, disinterest. The politicians have much to answer for.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

April 23 Sunday Telegraph

Good morning! An interesting contrast in content. First we have an op ed piece by the green chamelion, David Cameron. This man's sustainability index will be interesting to follow as he attempts to plough up the stable fields of Tory policy. Very touchy feely but not much else that bears detailed examination (particularly the Norwegian glacier photo op trip!)

Elsewehere a slew of letters on the previous week's article on global warming. Including one from the Canadian scientists advising PM Harper that "global climate changes all the time due to natural causes and the human impact still remains impossible to distinguish from this natural 'noise'". Another letter suggests that we should leave the problem to god (which is a helluva better idea than handing it over to politicians!).

Happy breakfast reading!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Canada Leading the Way - Again

The Daily Telegraph reported this on Sunday - perhaps the only main line media outlet in the UK to do so - while our new would-be Tory leader David Cameron spouts the following soundbite rhetoric (lifted directly from the Tory Party Website):

Climate change is a huge and growing problem.

In Britain the three hottest years since records began centuries ago all occurred in the last decade.

Our planet is rapidly getting warmer.

The polar ice caps are melting.

Sea levels are rising.

Hosepipe bans in April.

What more evidence do we need?

We simply cannot afford to ignore it.

This Government hasn't taken the environment nearly seriously enough.

We need to be the party that doesn't tiptoe around the issue.

Instead of just far-off targets that we will never meet, we need binding targets for carbon emissions every year.

We can take a lead.

We can make a difference.

There are some obvious problems with what Mr. Cameron says he believes. Fancy using the "statistics" of three recent summers to base your scientific case! Ice caps are indeed getting smaller and glaciers should be retreating as we are, after all, still emerging from a significant Ice Age. (Doh!) What those hose pipe bans have to do with it all I fail to see - this is a function of poor planning and a lack of provision of supplies, not a reflection of the climate we live in! Dear Mr. Cameron, perhaps you should listen to the experts who disagree with you (like those 60 Canadian scientists) for a change. Then you might just get my support. Not until then.