When flake Tony Blair became Prime Minister, he brought with him to Downing Street Dr. Sir David King, another of Blair’s ilk) to advise him in matters of science. King was convinced that emissions from gasoline powered vehicles would soon bring the world to an end. Accordingly, King urged Blair to accept the notion that diesel powered engines would save the United Kingdom and the world from toxic pollutants. He must never have seen an American city bus mere seconds following acceleration, but in any case, the government began to urge citizens to purchase diesel powered automobiles.
Fast forward to the present, British citizens who purchased diesel powered automobiles now find themselves being charged £24 ($31.00) per day to operate their smog-belching vehicles inside the City of London. Even better, thirty-five additional cities in the United Kingdom have decided to impose similar penalties.
The British people are not pleased—but this is what happens when citizens blindly trust anything the government tells them. Tony Blair finally went away, but his government was replaced with equally idiotic members of parliament determined to maintain Blair’s legacy.
According to British writer Christopher Booker, environmental crazies and half-baked politicians have created every disaster —from diesel fumes to ruinous floods—suffered by the British people. These people are costing the British billions of pounds; it is a folly of epic proportions. Mr. Booker has written extensively on the role of bureaucratic regulation in British life and the European Union. His works have included Mad Officials: How the Bureaucracies are Strangling Britain, Castle of Lies, The Great Deception, A Critical History of the European Union, and Scared to Death: a study of the part played by the scare phenomenon in Western society. Booker’s criticism and warnings are equal to those offered by American writer Michael Crichton in State of Fear, arguing that the science behind global warming is incomplete and speculative. Both writers ask the question: should we waste limited national resources on junk science?
Mr. Booker recently reminded his readers that nine years ago, leftists in parliament voted almost unanimously to force the United Kingdom to reduce carbon emissions by eighty percent in forty years. Not one of those “crazies” considered how such absurd programs could be met —which today has Her Majesty’s government adopting one bizarre green scheme after another. As but one example, Parliament has demanded that the British taxpayer fund $40 billion to create six large tidal lagoons around Britain’s seacoasts.
Now add to this waste more than £13 billion paid out in foreign aid at a time when British citizens are denied access to medical treatment under the National Health —a near genius level cost-cutting measure. British citizens cannot access health care, but the British government imagines that it can afford wasting money on “suitable training for tribal chieftains” in such fourth-world cesspools as Cameroon. It makes the term “NHS Trust” laughable —and makes me wonder how anyone with an ounce of brains can admit to having faith in government —theirs, or ours.
Our past election seems to suggest that the American people are fed up with corrupt government … which I define as any government that knowingly and willfully ignores the will of the people. The French may get their opportunity in the upcoming months, but I doubt if the British will ever reconcile themselves to tossing the bastards out. With a waffling chief executive and the likes of Paul Ryan in the House of Representatives, I’m not gloating. ***** By Mustang, your old pal who’s traveling the world these days!
Thanks, Mustang…I was very happy to print your piece….although I’m not in total agreement with your last sentence!
I’m sure Mustang will be even more eager than I to hear your reactions, so let’em rip!