Friday, January 25, 2008

The Fragrant One: a fucking numbnuts

Last Saturday saw your humble Devil in fifth columnist mode, as I attended the Fabian Society Conference—so many people, so little intelligence.

Anyway, there was a debate on whether the EU could ever be sold to the people, and the panel consisted of Nigel Farage, James Purnell, that evil, cowardly little wanker, Quentin Davies, and two of the people that I hate most in the world—Polly Toynbee and Margot "cunt" Wallstrom.

Make no mistake, this evil bitch is... well... evil. Whilst it is inevitable that Polly "thicker than two short planks" Toynbee should endorse this deeply silly woman for EU President, here is my reply.
... she made a rousing case for the European Union - and it's high time someone did.


I was at that meeting—and I note that Polly is far too modest to state that she, too, was on the panel; indeed, I was sat in the front row, directly opposite her—and TEBAF Margot made no case for the EU beyond the tired old mantras of environmentalism and being a counterpoint to the US (the first irrelevant and the second little more than a bad joke).

Darling Margot did distinguish herself in one way though: she accused Farage and UKIP of sitting in the same European Parliament grouping as the various right-wing fascist parties.

They do not: UKIP sit in the Independence and Democracy Group, not the (now-defunct) Identity, Sovereignty and Tradition Party (which included the parties of Mussolini and Le Pen).

This demonstrated either a worrying lack of knowledge about—and, thus, an implied contempt for—the state of the supposedly democratic part of the EU, or an opportunistic mendacity that would beggar belief if we didn't know that 99.9% of all politicians are fundamentally dishonest. A bit like many journalists, really.

So, we expect bullshit from Margot (and I have never seen Farage so angry), and thus it is no surprise that she is at it again.
I am excited about the energy and climate change package that the Commission adopted yesterday!

That is because you are an evil moron.
It is a complex set of proposals...

Complex? From the EU? Who would'a thunk it?
on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening our emissions trading system, on carbon capture and storage, and on switching to renewable energy and developing new and better biofuels. Together, they set out a detailed and ambitious path to reaching the goal which Commission President José Manuel Barroso has so aptly called 20 20 by 2020:
  • To bring about a 20% cut in our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and be ready to step up to 30% in the framework of an international agreement;

  • To reach 20% renewables in our overall energy consumption by 2020, including at least 10% biofuels in road transport.

I swear, these people actually only hear what they want to hear. Here's Timmy at The Business.
We have the French and German ambassadors telling us all how much we need the European Union in The Guardian today:
The single market and European cooperation enable European governments to deliver better outcomes; and as, for instance, the EU role on climate change proves, they give us sufficient critical mass to be an effective global player.

Whether you can influence matters globally is somewhat less important than how you influence matters. There's no point in having such worldwide power if your actions are in fact malevolent.
That is, to put it mildly, extremely alarming. That rise in N2O emissions (the RS is as always very gentle in its phrasing) means not that biofuels will reduce emissions less than previously thought, but that they will increase them, to greater than the levels using fossil fuels originally.

All of which leaves us in a rather uncomfortable position really. Well meaning attempts to deal with a perceived problem by means of international politics and bureaucracies has actually lead to a worse outcome than if nothing had been done. Said politicians and bureaucrats now having to admit that they hadn't actually thought through the issue before they made their pronouncements.
The effect of the European Union's actions on climate change and biofuels is in fact malevolent. So the fact that through unity we have global power is a bad idea, not a good one. Thus the distinguished diplomat's arguments in favour of the EU turn out to be arguments against its existence.

In other words, Margot, biofuels are a bad thing, you fucking moron. In fact, they are a bad thing in terms of emissions and they are a bad thing in that we are running short of food, and biofuels take over land mass that should be used for growing grain.
My colleagues who have worked with the new energy package have looked a bit like sleep-deprived zombies this last week. But looking back, in a few years time I hope we will all feel that it was worth-while and that we took the right decision on that grey Wednesday in January 2008. I believe this is one of the most - if not the most - important initiatives this Commission has taken.

You are a FUCKING MORON!
We started a year ago, when we outlined the overall objectives. We got the support of the European Parliament and the Member States. We have now turned this general approach into a set of detailed proposals with a wide reach across all sectors of the economy and specific, binding national targets. I see these proposals as the beginning of Europe’s third Industrial revolution. (For the first two, see Wikipedia!) They read as a detailed roadmap to a low carbon economy and a sustainable way to growth and jobs – this is smart growth in concrete terms.

Is that concrete growth in the Lisbon Agenda way, or is it actual growth? And does anyone else think that that whole paragraph is worryingly Communist in attitude? When will you publish the next 5 Year Tractor Plan, Margot? You fucking moron.
Our calculations show that the whole package, as an essential step for preserving our environment, will be about 60 billion euros by 2020. That is just under half a per cent of European GDP our roughly 150 euros per person in the EU. Compare that to the Stern Report which put a 5-20 per cent price tag on in-action!

You really are a fucking moron, aren't you? I cannot believe that anyone is still quoting the Stern report as being anything other than a massively flawed fantasy. The whole thing was a massive fucking lie, Margot; a lie.

I really cannot be arsed to fisk the whole of her fatuous crap. But, when we come to hang all of these cunts, I bagsy the pulling of Margot's lever...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The thing I'm taking away from this post - and do correct me if I'm wrong - is that Margot is a fucking moron.

Right?

Devil's Kitchen said...

Anon,

Well done for reading between the lines: I wasn't sure if I'd made it too subtle or not...

DK

Roger Thornhill said...

My colleagues who have worked with the new energy package have looked a bit like sleep-deprived zombies this last week. - MW.

...just like all the weeks before and all the weeks since.

Vlad said...

DK

There'll be no lever-pulling 'cos there'll be no hanging. We'll be doing it my way.

If you really insist, you can do the lifting on her other leg as we perch her on top of the stake.

Anonymous said...

The stake will be my middle finger