Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not learning from History.

Mr Huhne, Your feet are getting wet
Perhaps the most famous moment in Anglo Danish history was when King Canute went down to Bosham

with his court and proved that he could not instruct the tide to fall. Nature was greater than he.
he grew tired of flattery by the locals. "You are the greatest man that ever lived," one would say. "O king, there can never be another as mighty as you," another would say. "Great Canute, you are the monarch of all, nothing in this world would dare to disobey you." When one such flatterer said the king could command the obedience of the sea, the King proved him wrong by practical demonstration on the foreshore.

"Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey".

So spoke the King, seated on his throne with the waves lapping around his feet. "Go back, sea!" he commanded time and again, but the tide continued as expected.
And he was pretty great.

Today we have the example of modern day Anglo Danish relations,
Joint statement by Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Dr. Lykke Friis, Danish Minister for Climate and Energy,
Of course unlike the self aware Canute, these two actually think that they can control the climate, and in the furtherence of their beliefs they have decided to demand that the,
EU Commission’s forthcoming 2050 roadmap must kick-start the debate in Europe by offering a cost-effective, credible and ambitious pathway that enables member states to take the decisions that will stimulate low-carbon investment and take Europe beyond the cul-de-sac that’s the current 20% cut target.
Yup that's right. At a time when instability in the oil producing part of the world is brutally apparent, when the Gas monster of Russia is playing games, and while our conventional power stations are running to the end of their lives, these prize pair of idiots are sitting on the Bosham foreshore screaming at the waves to go away.

If they have their way, and I pray that somebody realises the devastating impact their plans would have on growth, jobs, power prices, pensioners all of us, then will Mr Huhne be the one who switches of the bar in the grate?


WitteringsfromWitney said...

Obviously Canute had a brain and used it, meanwhile the two idiots you mention........

Gawain Towler said...

Halfabrain perchance

Anonymous said...

Yes,they are truly thick.
They thick for the European thick team.
They are top in the premier thick league.
No material in the universe could support it's own weight if it were that thick.
This amount of thick can defy the laws of physics.
This mass of thick can bend gravity itself.
Now !
How thick is that ?

Gawain Towler said...

Thick, as they say in Glasgow, as mince