Thursday, June 12, 2008
Gordon Brown's narrow victory in the vote on 42 day detention for terrorist suspects .... Aaargh, no, will to live gone! I don't frigging care about Brown's ineptitude. I am beginning, however, to be interested in McCain's. His limited powers of expression and his ill-considered policies have landed him in further trouble over Iraq. His problem is he needs to distance himself from Bush without alienating the old neocon attack dogs because they're the ones most likely to get him elected by swift-boating Obama. But they really don't like him very much. Note the contempt with which the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger dismisses McCain at the end of this article about the need to the US to start exploiting its domestic oil reserves - 'You'd think the 'national security' nominee, John McCain, would get this. He's clueless - a don't drill zombie. We may mark this down as the year the US tired of being a serious country.' Blimey! This brings me to the real point of this post and, in fact, what may be the most significant story of the moment - drilling for oil in hitherto protected areas. BP wants this to happen in, among other places, the Arctic and Henninger wants America to starts offshore drilling. Less eco-sensitive countries like Brazil are doing just that. Of course, burning more oil will lock us for another few decades into the hell of Saudi dependence, it won't lower the price, as BP seems to admit, and it will inhibit research into better cleaner energy. It will, however, happen. The Arctic and the seas will be filled with oil rigs. I doubt that either McCain or Obama will be able to resist the pressure.
But, of course, I'm being frivolous. It's really, really interesting that the Ulster Unionists voted with Brown. Isn't it?
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 5:48 am