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December 09, 2005

David Cameron: Bloody Idiot.

Jesu Christe, the boy wonder’s only been there a day or two and he’s already lost it.

That's why I'll be announcing today the formation of a Quality of Life policy group. Its remit will be to investigate all the issues I've listed above. Its chairman will be John Gummer, former environment secretary, and its deputy chairman will be Zac Goldsmith, editor of the Ecologist. We'll be discussing the group's agenda at a meeting with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and other leading environmental groups later today.

Zac Goldsmith is a complete and total loon on matters environmental. He wouldn’t know a decent economic argument if you slapped him in the face with it. And here’s the big wake up call. This is all an economic argument. No, not in the stupid manner that most talk about it, growth versus the environment. That’s a distraction. Economics is the science of how scarce resources get allocated.  We agree that there are certain scarce resources, wildlife, water, fish, clean air and so on. We’re arguing about how these should be allocated. Thus it is all an economic debate. Having someone entirely illiterate in the subject determining policy is simply asinine.

There was a time when it was fashionable to imagine that these tensions could never be resolved. On one side, environmentalists wanted to return to some mythical age of near-medieval simplicities, persuading the nation to live like monks. On the other side, "free marketeers" dismissed all concerns about the environment and quality of life as sentimental, leftwing claptrap.

We've got beyond those caricatures. Environmentalists recognise the need to balance their concerns with the demands of wealth creation. Free marketeers recognise that wealth creation is not the be all and end all. But we can go further. We can find ways to increase - in a phrase - both the quantity of money and the quality of life.

That isn’t the argument at all you twit. "Free market environmentalists" are all in favour of exactly the same goals as those proclaimed by the other environmentalists. We don’t want to boil our grandchildren, drown Bangladesh or choke the last remaining gorillas with the intestines of dolphins we’ve clubbed with the last shattered remnants of coral reefs any more than friggin’ Greenpeace does.

We’re saying that markets are the method by which we stop such things happening. We have scarce resources to allocate. Markets are the best method we’ve come up with to do that. Thus we should be inventing, constructing (and no, none of us believe that markets simply exist. They all have to be constructed) markets which do so.

Why in hell doesn’t the Boy Wonder actually have someone who knows these things on his team? Why not Iain Murray? After all, they were at Oxford together weren’t they? Already know each other? Hell, I’ll come and scream at Sir Jams’ boy if you want.

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Just factually, Iain Murray has a pretty long history of global warming denial, so he might not be the best possible choice.

Tim adds: It might be worth looking at his most recent pieces. Gone well beyond that now.

Posted by: dsquared | Dec 9, 2005 9:32:07 AM

I think Zac is just there for the eye candy. The fact that he is willing to sit on a committee that exists to find market-based solutions to environmental problems, given his hard line against such things in the past, suggests that he never believed in what he was saying in the first place.

Posted by: James Graham | Dec 9, 2005 11:10:31 AM

I'm inclined to give DC the benefit of the doubt, just for now; it reminds me of Blair (never slow to use an enquiry to kick issues into the long grass) getting whoever it was to "think the unthinkable" on health and pensions early on in his first term. Such thinking duly took place, was well and truly unthinkable after all, and was promptly & enthusiastically ignored. I expect much the same will happen here.

Posted by: John Davis | Dec 9, 2005 4:10:43 PM


The whole thing about this whole 'global warming' thing is how much arrogance the eco-fanatics show in the face of nature.

The planet warms; the plant cools; the planet warms; the planet cools; ; a cycle that has gone on for bilions of years. Do they really believe our actions are so important in the midst of that dynamic?

We have been lucky enough to come along at a time in history when the climate has been sufficiently clement to enable us to develop the appurtenances of civilisation; agriculture; socialised living; alphabets, etc. It all kind of snowballed from there.

What the eco-fanatics forget is that even if there is climate change because of us, there will eventually be climate change in spite of us. They adhere so stubbornly to their faith in the ability of man to change the world that they forget that we really don't matter too much; and that the planet will keep on warming and cooling,warming and cooling, as it has always done.

Posted by: The g-Gnome | Dec 9, 2005 10:56:39 PM

So called global warming is just an excuse for governments to slap more taxes on anything and everything.

Posted by: David Bryan | Jul 20, 2006 4:36:35 PM

David Cameron is a hypocrite. He tells the nation that more needs to be done to help the environment i.e recycling and sorting out our rubbish, but ho-hum, the newspapers the next day show 'Mr Economic's' bins all strawn out all over the place, accompanied with disposable nappies he uses on his son. So, one rule for him is there?

He doesnt care for the environment, he just uses it as a way to 'spin' votes. So vote for him, and your a bigger fool than he is!
He is just a silly tory boy, with not a grasp of what its like to struggle financially, had all his uni fees paid for him and moans about the NHS. But you all know that, if the tories get in (god forbid) the NHS WILL BE PRIVATISED, and the only people who will not pay will be people on social benefits. Myself and my partner are low earners, and would not be able to afford to pay for health treatment, my partner can't even make a dental appointment as he needs fillings and cant afford £70 odd to have it done and he needs glasses as his have broke but he cant afford to pay for a new pair which will cost about £200, which has to go on rent, council tax, etc. So people like us will be screwed, your all right Jack if you can afford health insurance. So more people will get ill, the unemployment rate will go up due to ill health, incapacity benefit claims will rise if people cant pay for treatment and can't work because of it. Without the NHS, we are in trouble. So before you 'working class' people pen in your blue vote, id consider the consequences when you need a hip operation and cant afford it and have to suffer with the pain.

Posted by: Kate Terry | Mar 26, 2007 4:37:42 PM

You should all join the voice for 'David Cameron is an Idiot'...

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