Looking at the Summary for Policymakers, however, we see how the scaremongers are still playing their same old game. On pages 12-14, for instance, they are still trying to whip up fears about extreme weather events, killer heatwaves, vanishing tropical islands, massive crop failures and so on, although little of this is justified by the report itself, and even less by the evidence of the real world, where these things are no more happening as predicted than the temperature rises predicted by their computer models.
This latest report has aroused markedly less excitement than did its hysterical predecessor in 2007. They have cried wolf once too often. The only people still being wholly taken in, it seems – apart from the usual suspects in the media – are all those mindless politicians still babbling on about how in Paris next year they are finally going to get that great global agreement which, if only we put up enough wind farms and taxes, will somehow enable us to stop the climate changing.
They can dream on. But alas, the rest of us must still pay the price for their dreams.
Nigel Farage misses an open goal
What was most terrifying about how Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage came across in their second shoot-out on “Europe” was the realisation that such a sad, and not particularly pleasant, little muppet as Clegg could actually be our Deputy Prime Minister. What was most disappointing, however, was how, when Farage was yet again given the chance to put forward the only practical alternative to Britain remaining in the increasingly dysfunctional EU, he muffed it.
He allowed Clegg to get away with seriously misrepresenting the position enjoyed by the two most prosperous countries in Europe, Norway and Switzerland, as members of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) outside the EU. Instead of correcting Clegg’s errors, Farage’s response was such waffle that David Dimbleby gave him a second chance to put across a clear and simple message: that by invoking Article 50 and joining Efta, freed from the rest of the EU’s increasing political baggage, Britain could not only continue to trade as freely with the single market as we do now, but have much more influence over shaping its rules, too. This would give us all what so many people say they want.
But, offered this open goal, Farage simply kicked the ball gently and rather clumsily into touch. If Ukip wants Britain to leave the EU, why doesn’t Nigel explain the only practical way that this could be done?