Sunday, June 22, 2008
We Ain't Quite As Dumb As We Look
Another gratifying smack in the gob for the Progressive Consensus this morning. Despite 20 years of propaganda, unanimity among the Westminster elite, and 24/7 support from the state broadcaster, the majority of the British public is still not convinced that climate change is caused by humans.
The Observer, which commissioned this poll, is shocked and appalled, pointing out that the plebs are confused and contradictory in their views. It goes on "those most worried were more likely to have a degree, be in social classes A or B, have a higher income". Translation: democracy beyond the borders of Hampstead is a major obstacle on the road to New Jerusalem.
For the record, Tyler ticks all the Observer's elitist boxes, has read - or at least, attempted to read - the IPCC report and the Stern Report, and is still not convinced. Indeed, he feels patronised and irritated by the one-dimensional gigo crap he's supposed to swallow, and the total lack of open debate on eg the BBC. He wants to be treated like a grown-up who can make up his own mind.
Professor Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, makes the same point. He says "politicians and campaigners are to blame for over-simplifying the problem by only publicising evidence to support the case. 'Things that we do know - like humans do cause climate change - are being put in doubt,' said Lomborg. 'If you're saying, "We're not going to tell you the whole truth, but we're going to ask you to pay up a lot of money," people are going to be unsure.'
Spot on Prof.
PS Talking of the Prog Con, researching the Barnett Formula has led the bloke into some teeth-grinding byways. One of the academics who has written on the formula is Iain McLean, Professor of Politics and Director of the Public Policy Unit, Oxford University. It turns out he also wrote a paper for the ippr last year on the Prog Con. It argues that "a 21st century ‘progressive consensus’ is likely because since 1983 the combined size of the non-Conservative vote has always outstripped that of the Conservative vote". So right. So unless the Tories poll more than 50%, the Prog Con should be in power. In 2005, Labour polled just 35%, but because the LDs polled 22%, that means the Prog Con polled 57%. You see, elections really just get in the way. Without them, the Prog Con could remain in power for ever and jolly well make sure we all lived in a wonderful world of international brotherhood, vegetarianism, and proper exercise for all. Kraft durch Freude, only without the planet destroying Beetles.