Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Tony Blair - Every Capitalist's Favourite PM

Recent statements from the UK government have shown how enthralled they are by major corporations. First came the attack on the organic food industry, seen as a threat by the UK government to their intentions to introduce GM crops, courtesy of Monsanto. Despite the growth of organic sales, the government are determined to force GM crops onto us. The reasons are plain to see. There is money to be made by GM foods. And where there is money, you can be sure to find Tony and his band of merry capitalists.

Then, as if that wasn't enough, he then comes out in defence of the air industry. Talking about encouraging people to cut down on flying, Blair said:

"I personally think these things are a bit impractical actually to expect people to do that."

As always Tone, you set a fine example to the rest of us. If that wasn't enough, he came out with the frankly bizarre idea that:

'...what we need to do is to look at how you make air travel more energy efficient, how you develop the new fuels that will allow us to burn less energy and emit less. How - for example - in the new frames for the aircraft, they are far more energy efficient.'

So, essentially, once the scientists develop new fuels, things will get better. Never mind the time taken to develop such a technology, before it is even rolled out to the airlines. By then, the effects will be irreversible and it will be too late to do anything about it. According to the journal Nature, by 2050, around a quarter of the world's animal and plant species could die out as a result of global warming. By that time we should have just discovered a new fuel. The airline industry must be rubbing their hands together with glee. They have carte blanche to continue increasing the number of flights and making nice healthy profits. Meanwhile, the planet faces a very grim future indeed. So, you wanted a legacy Blair? Well, you have it.