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End Economic Growth Says Monbiot

April 10, 2021

By Paul Homewood

 

 

For years, we were assured it was all about the climate. There have of course been many hints otherwise, but COVID now seems to have given the eco-extremists confidence to come out into the open:

 

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The COVID-19 pandemic is not a random event. It is a symptom of a global economic system that is destroying the living planet.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for all of us. As vaccines are deployed across the world, many hope we’ll soon be able to return to our previous lives. But before we rush to resume ‘business as usual’, we should pause to consider where COVID came from.

Like many infectious diseases, COVID-19 has its origins in the encroachment of human activity into the natural world. As countries have sought to grow their economies, activities like logging, mining, road building, agricultural expansion and urbanisation cause massive habitat destruction.

This in turn has brought people into ever closer contact with wild animal species, many of which carry dangerous pathogens and diseases. When humans venture into ecosystems and destroy the habitats of wild species, these diseases can jump from animals into the human population.

Around three-quarters of new diseases that infect humans come from other animals. In the case of COVID-19, scientists believe the virus originated in the wild bat population before being transmitted to humans

Around three-quarters of new diseases that infect humans come from other animals.

COVID-19 is not a random event. It is a symptom of a global economic system that is destroying the living planet and killing off our magnificent wildlife.

COVID-19 might be the first pandemic many of us have experienced. But unless we change course, it will almost certainly not be the last.

So before we spend billions of dollars reinstating the status quo, perhaps it’s time for a rethink. In order to prevent future pandemics and tackle ecological and climate breakdown, governments must take a different path. What would this look like?

It means investing to decarbonise the global economy as fast as possible, and shrinking our environmental footprint. It means bringing an end to destructive activities like deforestation and intensive mining. And it means ending our addiction to economic growth and putting the needs of people and the planet first.

After the financial crisis in 2008, we bailed out the banks. In 2021, we need to bail out the planet.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/2008-we-bailed-out-banks-2021-we-need-bail-out-planet/

 

The whole basis of his argument, that COVID is the result of human civilisation, is of course absurd. Humans have always come into contact with the animal world. Indeed nowadays there is probably less contact, since most of us live in cities. The past certainly had more than its share of animal borne disease, such as the Black Death, malaria and yellow fever. Almost certainly the Spanish Flu and goodness knows how many similar viruses in the past came from animals too.

It is thanks to the human civilisation which he mocks, that most of these diseases are either wiped out or contained.

And what does Monbiot suggest we put in its place? He does not bore us with tales of renewable energy, which I suspect he knows is little more than a fraud. No, he wants to put an end to economic growth, which inevitable will end up in degrowth, and drastic at that.

Translation – we will all be poorer, not least those poor saps in the Third World who are desperate to improve their standards of life.

 

And how will all of this be enforced, oh wise one? How, for instance, will you stop Brazil or Indonesia from cutting down forests? Or Zambia from digging mines? (I take it by the way that you would want the Congo to stop mining cobalt?) How will you stop technological progress, which has been the engine of economic growth and better standards of living? How will Toyota be made to produce fewer cars? And how will you stop China and India from continuing their industrialisation?

And, obviously, it is not just a simple matter of issuing some edict ending economic growth, as there is the question of who will pay the cost. As a simple example, lower economic output means there is less money for governments to spend – so will spending on the NHS or welfare state be cut?

And how is the smaller cake to be divided? In George’s brave new world, it is inevitable that many will continue to prosper. No doubt George himself will do alright. But there will be many others down the scale who will have to go without some of the things they regard as necessities of life.

Monbiot thinks this is putting the needs of people first. I suspect the people will disagree.

72 Comments
  1. John Palmer permalink
    April 10, 2021 7:46 pm

    I really liked their strap-line “Free thinking for the world”. The very last thing it is is free!
    Everything they advocate will cost us our economies, our futures and our freedoms.
    Good old Moonbat – just blowing off a bit more steam…..
    And the readership of this ‘august’ publication is???

    • April 11, 2021 9:11 am

      It’s just how the Moan-bot earns his crust, pandering to Guardian doom-lovers. Next!

  2. Broadlands permalink
    April 10, 2021 7:49 pm

    “….tackle ecological and climate breakdown” How will lowering economic growth do that?

  3. Up2snuff permalink
    April 10, 2021 7:50 pm

    Fine. But what would ending economic growth mean for the young people of today, the ones who have been disadvantaged by the Pandemic and UK lockdown? I guess you, George Monbiot, will be able to scratch a living from book sales, TV & Radio appearances, charity & NGO support, etc., but what about the huge numbers of youngsters not in your priviliged position?

    Economic growth is where future jobs come from for our ever-growing population.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      April 10, 2021 9:47 pm

      Ah, but ….
      Will there be books? Radio? Television? As Paul rightly points out, stopping economic growth inevitably leads to degrowth. Economic stasis is not possible (any more than climate stasis is possible) and the inevitable result must be at worst war or at best rank poverty.

      The situation, as I saw it in a post I made on my own blog 10 years ago, would to a greater or less extent, involve

      “‘unpicking’ the Industrial Revolution and returning to a sort of ‘golden age’when (as those of us who studied history in any depth could have told them) life was nasty, brutish and short and the exponents of this rather bizarre idea would almost certainly have been the first casualties since their misanthropic philosophy would have received the shortest of shrifts from people more concerned with making sure they had enough wood for the fire in the coming winter or enough nuts and berries for tomorrow’s breakfast than listening to the inane ramblings of men trying to convince them that this way of life was in some way preferable to having a full set of teeth and the reasonable chance of living for 80 years instead of the more probable 35.”

      The comment is even more relevant today. Monbiot’s “cure” for pandemics is likely to result in even more of them!

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        April 11, 2021 1:28 pm

        Plus 10, Mike.

      • Up2snuff permalink
        April 11, 2021 7:11 pm

        Mike, a Hunger Games dystopian nightmare. 😉 I have never seen those films. Maybe I should?

        I think – as a bit of an economist – that you can achieve economic stasis. It is highly unpleasant and is often accompanied by inflation. It is called stagflation. We have experienced that in the UK in my lifetime; it brought a loss of jobs for the young.

  4. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    April 10, 2021 7:55 pm

    Can we end Moonbat instead?

    • Curious George permalink
      April 11, 2021 12:23 am

      Does he always put the cart before the horse?

      • fretslider permalink
        April 11, 2021 10:11 am

        The horse had to go due to its … footprint(s)

  5. Mack permalink
    April 10, 2021 7:58 pm

    ‘The whole basis of his argument, that Covid is the result of human civilization is, of course, absurd’.

    Indeed, what is not absurd is the fact that 97% of psychiatrists would probably agree that ‘Moonboots’ is completely bonkers so I wouldn’t worry about his latest ramblings. He’s been out with the fairies for years.

    • Duker permalink
      April 10, 2021 10:14 pm

      Exactly. The ‘modern world’ ,which he sneers at, doesnt have subsistence farmers taking wild animals for their own consumption. The quality control on even farmed animals in modern abattoirs is precisely there because of disease and viruses in these species. Does he think parts of Africa which arent suitable for grazing have access to meat in some way that doesnt involve species like chimpanzees and primates ? Non SARS variants of covid viruses are all over the place, including some which cause colds in humans.

    • April 11, 2021 8:11 am

      Precisely so!. He’s the perfect example of the phrase “better to keep quiet and let people think you are stupid than open your mouth and prove the point’

    • ianprsy permalink
      April 11, 2021 9:09 am

      You’d have to include all councils in the diagnosis of “bonkers” as they manage to carry in their heads at the same time the need to address the “climate emergency” and a Local Plan with consequent development. Hypocrites the lot of ’em.

    • bobn permalink
      April 11, 2021 11:12 am

      ‘The whole basis of his argument, that Covid is the result of human civilization is, of course, absurd’.
      He may have a point (but not the one he intended).
      Given the Chinese Flu was almost certainly created in the Wuhan Virus lab with High tech toys he has a point here.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        April 11, 2021 1:41 pm

        Quite right, Bobn. It is predictable that Minbiot would side with the CCP in their ‘findings’ that it was wet markets and not Wuhan labs that were responsible for the pandemic . But if he wants the world to ‘un-develop’, to ‘put a stop to economic growth’, then I’d like to know what strategies he has in mind to persuade the CCP to fall in line. There again, for such a useful idiot perhaps they have a place for him in their new Chinese-dominated world.

  6. April 10, 2021 8:09 pm

    Its only Monbiot. Not worth spending any time on

    • Up2snuff permalink
      April 11, 2021 7:16 pm

      Actually, climatereason, the BBC have joined in enthusiastically and broadcast a recent three part Chris van Tulleken series called ‘The Jump’ on Radio4. I listened to all of it but in the first episode, I thought “I’m hearing some propaganda.” and it was duly confirmed in the second and third episodes.

  7. Barbara permalink
    April 10, 2021 8:11 pm

    I found this in a comment on The Conservative Woman and I recommend to you: https://odysee.com/@jermwarfare:2/reiner-fuellmich-2:c

    • April 11, 2021 10:56 am

      Yes, a fascinating and informative interview!

    • NeilC permalink
      April 11, 2021 4:25 pm

      An excellent interview, I am going to watch some of the others Jerm has done.

  8. Andrew Harding permalink
    April 10, 2021 8:54 pm

    I had forgotten about this idiot!

    The rock that he crawled under must have evicted him?

    Same Monbiot as ever!

    Ludicrous claims and prophecies about doom and gloom, once again to cause panic amongst the deluded and gullible!

    After 30+ years of hearing this drivel, with not a single prediction being remotely accurate, one would think that the obvious would transcend the fictitious?

    Not in the thermodynamic, Alice in Wonderland world where four molecules in every 10,000 can constitute a crisis of epic proportions!

    We are not just dealing with liars and Leftists, we are dealing with the same morons who burned witches at the stake and thought the Earth was flat!

    Humanity is doomed!

  9. Peter Yarnall permalink
    April 10, 2021 8:59 pm

    It has NEVER been about the planet. Smashing capitalism is and always has been the end game. Remember Harrabin’s quote?
    Starting with PetroChemical and then Big Pharma. Yep! even though they have just saved the population of the world from the devastation of CoVid.
    Instead of hiding behind the far left media, the likes of Harrabin, Monbiot and Thunberg need to be placed on the spot and be forced to prove their claims.
    If not, we’ll be back in the stone age and everyone will be happy won’t they.
    Won’t they?

  10. April 10, 2021 9:18 pm

    Humans have since the dawn of civilisation believed their activities affect the planet, that is who we are.

    Our survival as a species depends on us understanding the weather.

    I have no idea what Monbiot wants us to do, but perhaps we should all join in regardless, as the planet doesn’t care one way or the other.

  11. 2hmp permalink
    April 10, 2021 9:27 pm

    There have always been friendly cranks, In the past they have simply been ignored or laughed at, but the woke community prefer to be fooled. So be it.

  12. Mack permalink
    April 10, 2021 9:32 pm

    Paul, talking of ‘nutters’, did you see that recent lengthy puff piece from Matt McGrath on the Beeb’s website proudly announcing that electric trucks can compete with diesels? Laughably, the only fly in the ointment as far as realising this ambition is…. (cue drum roll, and you have to read 3/4’s of the way down the article to find the answer) the technology doesn’t exist for them to do it yet! Almost lost a rib chuckling at that one.

  13. Cheshire Red permalink
    April 10, 2021 9:50 pm

    Gosh, this is an unusual development.

    I mean, it’s not like George Monbiot to be an alarmist, extremist, hysterical revolutionary eco-nut job, is it?

    Oh, hold on…

  14. Gamecock permalink
    April 10, 2021 10:38 pm

    ‘When humans venture into ecosystems and destroy the habitats of wild species, these diseases can jump from animals into the human population.’

    This sh|t came from downtown Wuhan.

  15. T Walker permalink
    April 10, 2021 10:54 pm

    We may scoff at Moonbat but Its a golden age for alarmists. They see how well Covid madness as taken hold and sense that they are winning the climate “debate”. Ceaseless propaganda at moment on the climate/environment front.

    Frighten people and you get results (as they see it)

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 11, 2021 6:41 pm

      Climate alarmists would just LOVE to be able to find a reason for the public to wear face-masks as an indication of their concern for CC. They are desperately trying to find a link so that they can get the same level of recognition and obedience.

  16. Jackington permalink
    April 10, 2021 10:57 pm

    I just love to hear what these cranks have to say, it’s so amusing and fortunately 100% counter-productive.

  17. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    April 11, 2021 1:10 am

    ” . . . The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for all of us.”

    Not true, so why read further?

  18. Stonyground permalink
    April 11, 2021 7:39 am

    Meanwhile I’m making sure that my ‘tatoes stay covered to protect them from the late frosts, just like my dad used to when I was a kid. How come, fifty years on, we still get late frosts in April? A most perplexing mystery I’m sure that we all agree.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      April 11, 2021 10:30 am

      I delayed sowing mine until yesterday — a good 10 days later than last year. We are still not out of the woods yet but I reckon 5” down they can stand what is forecast for the next few days.

      Mrs J is bordering on distraught at the state of her beloved wisteria and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the pears and the plums! How anyone can look at the world about them and talk about runaway global warming and be believed beggars belief!

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        April 11, 2021 6:50 pm

        Mike: We have shared the angst of Mrs J over her wisteria, but we take solace from the fact that last May’s late frost, which decimated ours was not a normal occurrence. Wisteria is a hardy bugger.

    • bobn permalink
      April 11, 2021 11:16 am

      Last year 2020 we had hard frosts (-2 to -4) across all of southern England from 10 May to 14 May. Thats the coldest and latest Ive recorded in the 20yrs I been here. They promised global warming but all we get is cold.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        April 11, 2021 11:47 am

        Yes, those frosty nights took out all my pears, reduced the apple crop and even did for rambling roses.

        My magnolias have just come out and they took a pasting last year from April frosts.

  19. Robin Guenier permalink
    April 11, 2021 8:22 am

    Monbiot’s assertion is not new. In the 1950s and 60s Western environmentalists were concerned that economic growth was causing irreversible damage to humanity and the environment. It was hoped that a solution might be found at the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, organised by Canadian environmentalist Maurice Strong. But there was a problem: economic growth was the basis of the West’s huge success – something the rest of the world was anxious to emulate. This difficulty was ‘resolved’ by the linguistic nightmare of the conference’s concluding Declaration which asserted that, although environmental damage was caused by Western economic growth, it was also caused by the poorer world’s lack of economic growth.

    It was a distinction that led in time to the developed/developing bifurcation established in 1992 by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – the basis of today’s continuing growth in global GHG emissions.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      April 11, 2021 10:49 am

      Strong was a Malthusian, Robin, as you know. A philosophy which has probably done more damage by being persistently believed in and persistently wrong than just about any other.

      He was also, like most of the breed, an arrogant, conceited hypocrite. Probably his best-known quote was “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” Answer “No, because what you aim to do is to eliminate the lumpenproletariat while ensuring a sufficient supply of ‘drones’ (aka ‘slaves’) to maintain you and your élite cronies in their current lifestyle.”

      “The planet” was always destined to come a pretty remote second. As it is with his spiritual heirs, of which Monbiot is one.

      • Gamecock permalink
        April 11, 2021 2:33 pm

        Yes, Mr Jackson.

        “In the 1950s and 60s Western environmentalists were concerned that economic growth was causing irreversible damage to humanity and the environment.”

        Whatever concern for humanity existed, it got shoved aside quickly, but they retained use of the word as a selling tool. People will accept the destruction of Western Civilization if it is “for humanity.”

        We see this ploy now from people like Nancy Pelosi, justifying some action by claiming we must do it “to save our democracy.”

        Seriously, the Left couldn’t care less about democracy. They use the word because YOU care. It is a ploy to get you to accept the unacceptable.

      • Robin Guenier permalink
        April 11, 2021 3:54 pm

        Strong was in many ways a remarkable person: not only the driving force behind the Stockholm Conference, he was inter alia a senior adviser to the World Bank, a board member of the Davos World Economic Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society and the first Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme. But, in particular, he set up and presided over the colossal ‘Earth Summit’ in Rio in 1992 where the UNFCCC was enacted. In other words, a superb international politician, he was the father of the global warming / climate change industry.

        But the real motivation underpinning all this was his belief (enshrined in ‘Agenda 21, also a product of Rio) that – if civilisation was to survive – UN-based global governance was essential – whereby the West’s riches would be distributed amongst the ‘developing’ countries and therefore the world’s impoverished majority. It was an outcome that, as he must have recognised before he died, was ironically becoming increasingly unlikely with the vast economic growth of major ‘developing’ countries such as China and India.

      • Vernon E permalink
        April 11, 2021 5:34 pm

        Robin: Agenda 21 is alive and well only its now called UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainability.

      • Robin Guenier permalink
        April 11, 2021 5:55 pm

        Vernon: it may be alive, but I don’t think it’s well. Of course many politicians in the West may share its ambitions. And others may pretend they do by signing a nice-sounding Declaration. But that doesn’t mean – far from it – that the leaders of for example, China, India, Russia, Iran, South Korea, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, etc. – i.e. most of the world – have the slightest interest in giving up control of their internal affairs. And, without them, global governance is impossible.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        April 11, 2021 10:37 pm

        Yes true, the immediate aim would more accurately be described as a hijack of the governance of the current ‘rich’ major democracies (US, EU, UK, Oz, NZ etc. ) by a single body of self-appointed elite and the imposition of some sort of bonkers socialist system.

  20. C H permalink
    April 11, 2021 8:26 am

    The problem is that the politicians seem to listen to these eco-loons and children in school are being brainwashed by sympathetic woke teachers. Even poor old Prince Philip, RIP, left the World Wildlife Fund which he helped establish, because it became a climate campaigning organisation.. Why can people not see that all these people want is to shut down the very economic system that gave them the opportunity to live, breathe, eat and prosper?

  21. mwhite permalink
    April 11, 2021 9:09 am

    Are we not animals?

    Is human civilisation not part of the natural world?

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 11, 2021 7:19 pm

      ..but, for better or worse, we are sentient.

  22. ianprsy permalink
    April 11, 2021 9:22 am

    At the risk of being called racist, I’d like to suggest that this is one of the unintended consequences of rapid industrialisation in countries like China, leading to creation of wealth and spending power in the lower classes. The problem comes with the speed of development, meaning that those with new spending power retain the old habits, hence diseases that may once have been contained in small geographical areas can now spread round the world. Same applies to the demand for ivory, rhino horn, tiger parts, etc, now more affordable by a new middle class.

    On Covid itself, I’ve looked in vain for somebody to point out the coincidence of the breakout with the Chinese New Year, when travel increased dramatically.

  23. George Lawson permalink
    April 11, 2021 9:30 am

    How can a man who writes for a national newspaper be so utterly ignorant and deficient of simple common sense? Why does a national newspaper continue to employ such an outright idiot. Do they not understand that allowing such twisted rantings from one of its writers is what is leading the paper to its eventual doom?

  24. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 11, 2021 9:55 am

    I don’t know if anyone saw the BBC news section on Prince Philip’s environmental interests put together by the BBC. It was very subtle, very clever, in the way that it did not mention his climate change skepticism and even tacitly made it look like he was on-board with the climate change ‘fight’ by inserting comments from Attenbollox etc. Even the question about do you call yourself green – to which he answered no in essence – was featured, but explained away as his reluctance/modesty to be considered a pioneering environmentalist. Pravda would have been proud.

    Remember, BBC’s Ade on the front line (of climate change) starts tonight. Get the sick bucket and complaints forms out ready.

    • A man of no rank permalink
      April 11, 2021 11:07 am

      Agree Grim, the distortion from our national broadcaster was truly sickening. Especially after all the praise for Prince Philip by The late Booker and so many others on these sites. They are destroying his legacy all ready.

    • ianprsy permalink
      April 11, 2021 11:13 am

      Check the Jo Nova site for a better story.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        April 11, 2021 12:02 pm

        Perhaps I should have a word with that person posting comments using my name whilst I’m at it. But ta any way.

  25. fretslider permalink
    April 11, 2021 10:04 am

    If only McAlpine hadn’t snuffed it.

    Moonbat hates him sap and the garbage he writes just confirms it.

    • fretslider permalink
      April 11, 2021 10:05 am

      Hom sap…

  26. Mike Jay permalink
    April 11, 2021 10:32 am

    Not being much of a TV watcher I had to look up Mrgrimnasty’s reference to “BBC’s Ade”. It’s beyond parody: a disabled black sportsman is going to present a series on climate change effects on the other side of the world. Not a bit Woke then!

  27. Mike Stoddart permalink
    April 11, 2021 10:55 am

    I thought future economic growth was supposed to pay off the huge debts we have incurred during the pandemic.
    If Monbiot has his way, our creditors can go whistle.

  28. April 11, 2021 11:04 am

    A rubbish article by Monbiot of course. But reading your own comments, Paul, where did you get this idea – ” Almost certainly the Spanish Flu…………..came from animals too.” ? You might be interested in the book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2498755.Virus_Mania

  29. Gerry, England permalink
    April 11, 2021 11:55 am

    So Moonbat believes the Chinese Communist Party line that covid came from bats in a cave although I think I last read they were saying it came from a US air force base. Nobody believes the WHO whitewash report so everything points to covid being made in a lab in Wuhan with funding from other countries which was then carried outside by somebody. The Chinese then used the Chernobyl Defence of keeping quiet about a major problem until it was no longer possible to say nothing. The only bit of the modern world – that’s unless you think mutating animal diseases to infect and kill humans is a really stupid idea – that intruded in this was air travel that allowed infected people to travel around the world in great numbers.

  30. Tim Spence permalink
    April 11, 2021 12:41 pm

    This is the loon that wants to reintroduce the wolf into Wales, I would just love to see him if he encountered one while doing his country walks.

  31. Dave Gardner permalink
    April 11, 2021 1:26 pm

    In the list of human activities that Monbiot mentions, “logging, mining, road building, agricultural expansion and urbanisation”, he has missed out one human activity which could significantly increase the risk of transmission of bat diseases to humans, wind farm operation.

    Wind turbines kill a lot of bats, and the virus-laden ‘bat meat’ that is sprinkled on the ground beneath the turbine could be eaten by scavenging animals, possibly leading to a disease jumping across species.

    So if Monbiot wants to protect us from bat diseases, I’m afraid his beloved wind turbines will have to go.

  32. April 11, 2021 4:50 pm

    He’s an impressionable young man and maybe he’s been watching too many david attenborough videos.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2019/04/16/theend/

  33. Dave Andrews permalink
    April 11, 2021 5:41 pm

    “It means bringing an end to destructive activities like …..intensive mining”.Does he not realise that reliance on unreliables and electric vehicles and batteries will lead to a massive explosion in intensive mining for all the copper, other metals and rare earth materials which will be needed to go down this completely unnecessary road?

    Still he has long given up living in the REAL world.

  34. DaveR permalink
    April 11, 2021 6:14 pm

    Clearly, we need to call a proper concerted top rank summit protest in order to save the planet. Something ideally would – say off the top of my head – a kind of direct in situ demonstation outside CCCP HQ involving our greatest and goodest – with banners, flags hammers and glue declaring, say ‘Stop Coal Now! ‘ That sounds like the ticket.

    This might be the making of you, Geo. Go for it…

  35. April 11, 2021 6:23 pm

    Can’t bear to watch it but tonight’s BBC climate change propaganda by Ade is the first of three. I look forward to them inviting Paul, or someone similarly qualified, to present three programmes debunking this, or even just one to comply with their constitution. No chance of course. Ade’s scientific qualifications seem to consist of him being a BBC TV presenter and a basketball player.

    • April 12, 2021 8:58 am

      The prog should be called Climateballs.

  36. Jack Broughton permalink
    April 11, 2021 6:49 pm

    Monbiot is part of the plot to brainwash the masses that the elite will impose conditions to save the world and that they should be grateful to them. Many of these advocates are just gullible people who believe the ruling-power-group’s tame “scientists” and actually believe that the “science” must be right because famous people say it is.

    All the evidence is that the masses are not in the least interested in “saving the planet”, but will go along with the glitterati as long as it does not cost them their comforts: what will happen when the imminently planned privations start?

    • April 11, 2021 8:07 pm

      To brainwash the masses they need to read the Grauniad – what’s their circulation? About 110K, all located in Islington??

  37. April 12, 2021 1:23 am

    Monbiot bought a house in Wales because his then-wife wanted their daughter to learn Welsh. His house was described as a low emission dwelling, but he does not say whether it is state or privately owned. Which for a man who wants to abolish private property is rather strange.

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