Thursday, September 13, 2007
Dave 'I can't believe it's not Tony' Cameron and the boys unveil their Quality of Life proposals today, including, predictably, new green taxes. Don't they get it? As I am always pointing out, the electorate's Green concerns amount to no more than a feelgood pseudo-religion, offering mild consolation through exhortation and the performance of various easy, low-cost rituals - the drive to the bottle bank, a 'low energy' light bulb or two. As soon as it starts hitting the cost and availability of holiday flights, or the price of keeping a car on the road, Johnny Voter will tell the well intentioned crusaders against climate change exactly where they get off. The thing is that almost nobody actually believes this stuff - not to the extent that they let it impinge on what they habitually do. It's rather like the many parents I've known who profess total opposition to selective education and yet move heaven and earth to get their children into the best selective schools. Ironically, I - a climate change sceptic (as alert blog-followers might have spotted) - have a minute 'carbon footprint' compared to many fervent believers. (I don't drive and haven't flown in two years, etc.) My question to them is - if you believe in this stuff, why don't you, in any significant way, act on your beliefs? (and don't bring up carbon offset or carbon trading - these are highly dubious propositions and the believers know it, or should do).
Posted by Nige at 11:18 am