Global Warming: the Guilty Men

I don’t always agree with Peter Oborne, but I think his diatribe (written with Frances Weaver) against the Guilty Men responsible for trying to drag us into the Great Euro Swindle may be the most brilliant piece of sustained, righteous invective I’ve read all year.
Very rarely in political history has any faction or movement enjoyed such a complete and crushing victory as the Conservative Eurosceptics. The field is theirs. They were not merely right about the single currency, the greatest economic issue of our age — they were right for the right reasons. They foresaw with lucid, prophetic accuracy exactly how and why the euro would bring with it financial devastation and social collapse.
You can download a longer version here from the Centre For Policy Studies.

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3 thoughts on “Global Warming: the Guilty Men”

  1. Dear James D-pole,

    Some years ago (long before your time), I was a feature writer in Fleet Street. At that time I came to know one of the Sun’s political reporters, a charming, likeable chap. Assuming, quite wrongly that I shared his leftwing views, he told me that when he was Cambridge, and he and those of similar opinions were advised to look for a career at the BBC. If they didn’t succeed, then the advice was to join ITV, Sky, any other tv company, and after that the national newspapers. In other words, anywhere where they could advance their views of the world. “And look where I ended up,” he said, with admirable modesty, “the bloody Sun!” This, I imagine, is how the BBC and much of the broadcast media comes to have an inbuilt left-wing bias. He finished by saying: “You’re on the side of the angels, aren’t you?” I replied to say that I was indeed, but my angels were not the same as his. I hope this is of some interest you. And, I must just add how vey much I enjoy your writing.
    colin dunne

  2. There is a follow on to your Watermelons book here. ( bought it, liked it, but where is the cover on the Kindle edition?)
    You seem to have sumerised the whole problem here in one blog. If the same problem was apparent during the 30’s, then presumably this same atmosphere has re-occured throughtout history and will occur again…and again. How horrifying.

    Inerestingly I followed up the TotalPolitics blog awards for the Green blogs and noticed how few comments there were and how parochiacal the were. I mean how come is above George Monbiot in the top 20 if they are so popular?

  3. “It was, my father told me, an exact re-run of the appeasement period in the 1930s…”

    Michael Foot was leading author of Guilty Men, the attack on Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement. Chamberlain was self-deluded till the end (clearly analogous to Gordon Brown in sinking Britain into a massive new public debt, at exactly the time circa 2002 when Britain finally cleared the relatively trivial WWII lend-lease debts to Uncle Sam, that helped Britain defeat Hitler).

    Michael Foot was against Chamberlain’s appeasement in 1940. But in the early 1980s he was the appeaser himself, appeasing Brezhnev’s USSR by setting the Labour Party on course for unilateral nuclear disarmament, the freeze, etc., just when the USSR was bankrupting itself getting ahead of America (which had a fixed 1000 Minutemen missiles) by rolling out a new generation of nuclear weapons, the monster SS-20’s. Foot led the Labour Party into the 1983 General Election on the ban the bomb promise. Kinnock continued this policy in 1987, even when Reagan and Thatcher were getting concessions from the USSR using the threat of Star Wars to render impotent and obsolete the SS-20s.

    I actually have no problem with socialism, just the lying propaganda they use to try to brain wash everyone dishonestly. If they were truthful and said we should destroy our country’s economy in a hopeless and thankless bid to save the world, great. But because they know in advance that nobody will buy the truth, they have to lie to everyone. The true believers believe those lies because they can see that they are necessary to brainwash the doubters, or at least to “save face”. Gordon Brown is the perfect example of the deliberately self-deluded person, who sets aside any mistakes he may have had with the pride that he was doing what he believed was in this country’s best interests, and in the best interests of the under-priviledged, etc.

    Can I just say it’s exactly the same in science, as in journalism. The leading physicists are all at heart left wing socialists, still atoning spiritually for Oppenheimer’s “sin” in ending WWII without the deaths of a million or more Americans and Japanese in a military invasion of Japan. They all assume that politically Marx was right, because he claimed to be scientific and intellectual, and the economic failure of the USSR is put aside much in the way that Gordon Brown’s failure can be set aside because of the taxpayers money he squandered producing ever more unproductive jobs.

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