So, Dr Caroline Lucas has been wittering on about "sustainability" at the Hay Festival.
Hay Festival 2011: Caroline Lucas leads call for return to wartime austerity
Hay Festival went back in time today with a call to return to a more simple life when we made do with old clothes, shared baths and grew our own vegetables.
Lest we forget and imagine that Lucas is qualified to prognosticate on anything useful, your humble Devil would like to remind his faithful readers that Caroline earned her doctorate with a thesis entitled Writing for Women: a study of woman as reader in Elizabethan romance.
Caroline Lucas, Britain’s only Green MP, led the call for “economics as if people mattered”.
Actually, the one thing that strikes me about Green economics is precisely that it assumes that people do not matter in the slightest; the kind of economics pushed by Caroline Lucas and her evil fellow travellers absolutely does not take account of people's wants and desires—and it doesn't even really take account of their needs.
After all, in this country we have just had one of the driest springs on record, which is playing havoc with harvests. Now, if we shut down global trade, as Lucas desires, then we will shortly be starving.
Her argument was based on the seminal work of EF Schumacher, the author of Small is Beautiful.
So, who is this guy?
Schumacher was a respected economist who worked with John Maynard Keynes and John Kenneth Galbraith...
Oh, for fuck's sake...
And here's a telling quote...
The most striking thing about modern industry is that it requires so much and accomplishes so little. Modern industry seems to be inefficient to a degree that surpasses one's ordinary powers of imagination. Its inefficiency therefore remains unnoticed.
... says the man who spent "twenty years as the Chief Economic Advisor to the National Coal Board in the United Kingdom". Yes, that's twenty years as advisor to the nationalised coal industry—no wonder he thought that industry was inefficient!
Still, let's wander back to Lucas's wibble...
Almost forty years after publication of the book she not only said “small is possible” but “small is inevitable”.
Over my dead body. But that won't be enough for you, will it, Caroline? Just one dead body is going to be insufficient for you to realise your plans: you are going to need millions of dead bodies, and many more living in a state of... well, you call it "wartime austerity"—I call it "poverty".
In fact if we do not move to a more sustainable way of living then global warming is a “hideous prospect”.
Oh, do go and study some science or some history, woman, rather than feminist wank. Do you see that Doctorate that you have? It's pure fucking self-indulgance, funded through extortion—if you practiced what you preached, you'd have spent your time growing vegetables in your garden rather than using the product of other people's labour to fund your utterly pointless education.
Fuck off, you disgusting hypocrite.
Even David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has admitted Schumacher is an influence on his idea for a ‘Big Society’.
And I didn't think it was possible to hate our carved-wax-candle-faced Prime Minister any more than I already do. Every time, he manages to surprise me.
For fuck's sake, why don't all of you Malthusian bastards go and drown yourselves in a bucket of rancid horse-piss and thus leave more of those scarce resources for the rest of us...?