Have you noticed how politicians change their minds as often as we change pants?
For the last few years the issue of GM foods has faded from the headlines. Now we hear that our Supreme Leader has decided that GM foods are the best way to tackle the problems with world agriculture. He doesn’t seem to acknowledge that we don’t want them but wants to force them on us. Much like parents do with cabbage and brocolli – “eat it, it’s good for you”.
There is no recognition that part of our present problems with rising grains prices is down to our politicians encouraging the growing of crops to be used in the production of biofuels. Of course, by doing so we will help to save the environment – yet consign many to death through starvation.
Biofuels are not as environmentally friendly as people will have us believe. There is still doubt that the carbon offsets promised will actually be achieved. It’s another case, like GM crops, where science is promising things that are not yet completely proven.
In addition Rev G W Bush, of the Church of The Latterday Morons, and his follower Mr Oven Chip, want to allow oil companies be restart offshore drilling. This has been banned for many years due to the environmental impact but it seems that cheap oil is now very important to the US and other countries.
Why have they never shown the same desire to explore and develop other alternatives? We had the first real electric car 10-15 years ago but this was recalled by GM shortly after release. Not because the customers didn’t like them but because of pressure from Big Oil.
Everyone agrees that there is something wrong with our environment and that something needs to be done. The problem is that no one seems to want care enough to do something about it. It’s no good taxing people’s travel habits – we all have to travel for work and leisure – if nothing is done to resolve the situation.
We need affordable alternatives within the next 5-10 years at the most. Those of us who will never be able to afford a new car need to be provided with an affordable option instead. Yet that would be self-defeating as governments would lose the tax revenues that they now depend upon to fund themselves.
No wonder no one wants to do anything quickly.
The government today anounced a plan to create cycle towns. Bristol is the first, with Cambridge, Stoke and others to follow. Yet the provision ios for 60- bicycles to be provided for rental in Bristol. What use is that and is this something that will really encurage people?
I want an alternative to driving everyday but an 80 mile round trip, more as I won’t be able to use the M4, by bicycle is out of the question. My attempt at using public transport failed as it took an hour each way longer and there were no bus connections from Bridgend station to my office 3 miles away.
I really hope that people will start to look at what is happening and find alternatives to those provided by our politicians. We need leaders who are actually going to work for our best interests, not the self serving prats the main parties seem to want elected.
Let’s find soemone with the “balls” to make the hard decisions that are needed.
If I wrote the consequences to every historical event I’d end up with one entry a month. As much as I like history, I do need to earn a living and talk to the wife – sorry, have her natter onto me.
History Today :
1215 : King John – BOOO!!! – and his barons seal teh Magna Carta at Runnymede. 2008 our government decide to “run a truck” through our liberties.
1829 : The Metropolitan Police Act is given Royal Assent and a paid, uniformed police force is establishjed in London. Nicknamed “Peelers” after Robert Peel who introduced the Act.
1953 : Julius and Ethel Rosenburg are executed in New York for passing US atomic secrets to the Soviets.