On the greening of politics and the truth about Trident: read Mick Hume's column in The Times (London) this week.
16 March 2007:
‘Whatever the truth about climate change, one thing getting dangerously overheated is the language used in the political “war” on global warming. Just this week the leader of Her Majesty’s Government declared the Climate Change Bill a “revolutionary measure”, while the leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition pledged “a second front in the green revolution”.
‘Revolution! It stirs the blood of an old Marxist like me with thoughts of crowns rolling in the gutter, regimes overthrown. Not quite. New Labour wants to outlaw the traditional lightbulb — which may involve a few “revolutions” to unscrew the old ones. Meanwhile, the Conservatives want higher taxes on flying — and when they promise VAT, they don’t mean victory against tyranny….’
Has welfarism gone too far? Is it time to trim this massive machine? And more importantly, shouldn’t it be trimmed for the *right* reasons - that is, not in order to save the state money but as a way of protecting communities from the negative impact of constant welfarist intervention?
We’ll be debating these issues at the next session of our spiked drinks events at Portcullis House in London on Monday 3 June at 6.30pm. Find out more here.