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.

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