Monday, March 12, 2007

Gordo: Still crazy after all these years....


David Cameron appears to have seriously rattled Gordo's cage. Yesterday, Stephen Hale, director of the Green Alliance, said that Conservative proposals on aviation fuel "would take them ahead of where the government are at present, if they see it through".
Today in a speech to the Green Alliance GB is set to call for a "new world order" (a rather unfortunate choice of phrase) to combat climate change. Interestingly, all Labour manifestos published before the last three general elections contained the promise to deliver a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010, compared with 1990 levels. The fact that the UK is presently at about minus 6% compared with 1990, and that in the last couple of years emissions have increased seems not to worry Gordo overly. In fact, the Government has had a poor track record on matters environmental for quite some time. Right since its first term in office. Fear not! Gordo, who has only been a member of the Cabinet for the last 10 years, is set to ride to the rescue. Things can only get better...obviously. In his speech today, the Chancellor will highlight the Government's role in new European emissions standards and call for the UN to prioritise the fight against global warming. A Tory Government would have "no credibility, no influence and no achievements" within the EU, he will say. "Let us also be clear: only a government fully committed to the UK's role in Europe can show such leadership..." Gordo appears to be unaware that the EU is both seriously divided over how to proceed on the environment and (of course) seriously incompetent in tackling the issue. The UN too is hardly noted for its successful leadership on the environment. So there we have it- Gordon's solutions to the problem of global environmental change rest with the EU and the UN. As far as Britain's membership of the European Union is concerned, the popular trend in the UK is strongly towards increasing scepticism about the value of Britain's membership of the European Union. Alas, GB seems not to have noticed. He'll be coming out in favour of the Euro next. Bring it on Gordo, bring it on!









10 comments:

Newmania said...

Interesting Green politics is very mucu about image as the results are so nebulous and distant. I 1`m not certian the whole thing is such a vote winner as everyone thinks

Ellee said...

People are thoroughly confused about the information they are being told, I'm researching this for my next post, will see Al Gore speak in Cambridge in a week and have ordered a dvd of his film An Inconvenient Truth. I'm hoping to see the Channel 4 programme tonight from the sceptics, The Great Global Warming Swindle, and will next month meet one their contributors in Cambridge. However, this govt is far from committed to supporting green projects, as you will see from my latest post today.

mutleythedog said...

If we banned cars from driving for say one or two days a year would it make much difference? Also, what if everyone who lives alone moved in together and flat shared? Also we could make lights out at midnight compulsory - by turning off the electricity like they do here in Devon - these are my green agenda ideas, which I ofer freely to you to promote as your own Mr Istanbultory

Newmania said...

If we banned all life in this country the slack would be taken up by China in 8 months ...

Voyager said...

"new world order"

The perfect phrase for Fascism Revived....the Era of Neo-Corporatism has arrived and the humble voter had better get used to seeing precipitate drops in living standards.

Phase I was to make housing unaffordable to anyone with income but no capital

Phase II is to render income no longer a sufficient condition for consumption and to render the humble citizen rootless and unable to define himself by his possessions

Phase III will be the deification of the ruling elite with hereditary government


It is fascinating to see how easily we have moved from 1984 to Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 as we follow the script of Animal Farm

No doubt these books will go onto The Index

Newmania said...

I like all those books Voyager but I have no idea what you are getting at

Ian said...

Newmania, it looks perfectly clear to me- all the books are manifestations of totaliarianism, something we seem to be being lubricated up forlike the proverbial simmering frogs.

james higham said...

This one's got completely away from me, Istanbultory.

CityUnslicker said...

IT - As you well know I have no time for Broon. My concern is that the Tory ideas floated this week were much worse than Broon's one.

More regressive, more hectoring and more invasive.

This is not a comforting turn of events.

Newmania said...

Yes Iain , I am , you will be staggered to hear , aware of that.
Its was this that I was puzzled

"Phase III will be the deification of the ruling elite with hereditary government
about"....eh who ? What ?