Opinion from GRANDPA1940
We, here in these windswept Islands, have had, certainly for the last thirty years, political leadership in the form of either chancers, liars, fools, charlatans and, in the past few months, a man who is, in many respects, a combination of all those traits. But no matter how bad Prime Minister Johnson proves himself to be, he is just following on from the dismal history of those who were in power over those last thirty-odd years. All those political leaders, inclusive of Johnson himself, the class buffoon whom we were all taken in by, myself as well as millions of others; all seem to be enamoured of only one phrase. One saying which seems to have ruled their every waking thought.
The phrase? World Beating: or, as an alternate; World Leading.
The stupid and unrealistic term ‘World Leading’ when it comes to British Politics and Politicians, cast together in an insane race to accomplish what is foolishly-termed ‘Zero-Carbon Economy by 2050; is but typical of the soundbites produced by the present breed of British politicians; together with an incompetent and near useless so-called Civil Service.
There have been times in our past history when we were ‘World Leaders, or indeed World Beaters’. But those British leaders were either in the time of the Industrial Revolution, or the years of the Napoleonic Wars when Britain stood alone against a ruthless Continental Dictator. Or even not so long ago when these Islands again stood alone in defiance of yet another Dictator, and they all did not drive their actions or policies because they wished to ‘Lead’.
No, indeed, the Engineering genius which powered that ‘bloodless Revolution’ was powered by profit. The cotton mills emerged because fabric could be spun and manufactured far cheaper than by hand. The canals and later railway lines were built so that that cotton; that coal, those mountains of manufactured goods could be sold cheaper than ever.
We stood against a French dictator alone, because we couldn’t accept that ‘Might was Right’ and, after smashing his navies at Trafalgar, sent him into final exile after Waterloo.
Again we here in these British Isles stood against the practised and polished might of Hitler’s Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe; but this time were aided by a host. From Empire, from Commonwealth, from the fortunate European few who had escaped from the invading Nazi mechanised divisions. We were lucky that the man who stated his ‘Reich’ would last for a thousand years was no military genius. Instead of concentrating upon the invasion of these Islands: turned instead to invade his mortal enemy, Soviet Russia. Then, to compound his mistake, declared war upon the sleeping Giant which was America, just stung into an angry wakefulness by Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbour.
But to return to the lunacy which is the various British Governments’ attempt to reduce us all to penury by means of the Climate Change Act. I wonder, when the 463 MPs voted for the Bill, with only 3 voting against, had they even read the bloody Bill? Did the 463 realise that ALL gas and coal fired powered power stations would fall silent, because of ’All that Carbon’ produced by the truly terrible burning of a fossil-fuel derivative? Did the 463 MPs realise that all private cars would HAVE to be battery-powered by 2045 to meet the ridiculous demands of a Zero Carbon Marketplace? And as for the British transport fleets, those hundreds of thousands of trucks: all would have to be battery-powered; or else adapted to some form of motive power which hasn’t even been invented yet?
Did the 463 MPs wonder about the cost of all those extra Nuclear power stations which HAVE to form the base load requirements of a Grid necessary to CHARGE all those millions of battery-powered vehicles? Nuclear because they don’t rely on the wind blowing those heavily-subsidised turbine blades spinning all those alternators’. Nuclear because when the sun goes down, all those heavily-subsidised solar panels, which only operate at some 50% efficiency anyway because we’re sited at a Latitude between 500 and 600 North: which places us on the same Latitudes as Canada, are as useful as tits on a bull.
Oh, and just by-the-by; did those 463 MP.s realise that, in order to go Zero-Carbon, all 23 million domestic gas boilers would have to be replaced by, well; something else? They can’t all be electric, because, well, the National Grid would have to DOUBLE its present capacity to run those extra boilers, and besides which, electric boilers are three times as expensive as gas ones, just to install, never mind to run. But the truly silliest idea to come down the Carbonised Looney-Tunes Track is the proposal, coming from the august Dept. for Energy that Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) be installed as a direct replacement for Gas-fired Boilers. When you realise that the costs of a single GSHP installation is around £27,500.00, you may then realise why the GMB Union, the BOILERMAKERS union, are pleading with Keir Starmer to block this disastrous and ludicrous proposal!
Its at times like this that I wish we had our own version of President Donald Trump. He might be many things, he might have said many things, but only Trump took America out of the Paris Climate Agreement, because he viewed it for the fraud it really is!