War – what is it good for?

George Monbiot has a thought provoking piece on the Guardian’s website.  He discusses our Prime Minister’s attitudes to bombing and to global warming, concluding, if I’ve understood, that Mr Cameron has chosen the most dangerous option for British voters in each case.

“Of the 11 military adventures the researchers analysed, they found that five had had no discernible impacts on subsequent terrorism; six were followed by more terrorism than there had been before.”

“A study published in Nature Climate Change last month found that if climate breakdown is not curtailed by the end of this century, temperatures in parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran “are likely to approach and exceed” the levels that human beings can survive in. That doesn’t sound to me like a formula for peace on Earth.”

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/02/climate-change-david-cameron-bomb-syria-global-warming

Don’t worry about the predictable surge in refugees because Mr Osborne’s economic predictions depend on an increase in working age migrants to Britain.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/01/osborne-reliant-on-rising-immigration-levels-to-achieve-budget-surplus

Presumably, the incomers will be seeking homes in the Highlands as Essex will have joined the rest of Doggerland, under the North Sea.  On Syria, a post on Edgar Broughton’s First Supper blog expresses my thoughts more clearly than I could myself.

http://thefirstsupper.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/impossible-dream.html

The reason why I cannot express my own thoughts with much clarity lies in my utter frustration with the wilful stupidity of our political leaders.  What a shame that the most notable politicians speaking for effective responses are dragging such nasty baggage.

If I ever get round to a post on the lack of balance in the debates on wind turbines and rewilding, quotes from George Monbiot could be to the fore there, too.

Election day

This quote appeared on Edgar Broughton’s First Supper blog.

“David Cameron and George Osborne believe the only way to persuade millionaires to work harder is to give them more money. But they also seem to believe that the only way to make ordinary people work harder is to take money away.” 

                                                                                                          Ed Miliband

Effing BT Open Reach

With a loud bang and a blue flash, lightning took out my internet connection on 11 December.  It was 13 December before I could report the fault as continuing lightning made phone use unsafe.  That the phone still worked seemed a miracle.  Five days BT’s call centre said.  I knew that was unrealistic as lightning had caused extensive damage in the area, but it was a little surprising to find that Open Reach would prove unable to get here until 2 February, when an engineer took about 10 minutes to install a new router. Now you know one of the reasons why I have been unable to make new posts.  Continuing foul weather is the other.  I just can’t bring myself to fancy camping out on sodden ground in high winds.  With any luck, normal service will be resumed shortly.

Update

Credit where credit is due. BT have taken £30 off my bill because of the delayed repair.  Thank you BT.  Should I delete the expletive from the title?  It’s under consideration but the hassle factor is weighing quite heavily just now.