The Prince of Wales has again delved into the realm of spin and distortion as he took another opportunity to criticise AGW sceptics. This time it was in a speech at one of his favourite institutions, the European Parliament (Hat tip: EU Referendum).
After offering some very reasonable observations about the destruction of rainforests, Charles enjoined environmentalists to stop honestly describing the things they want people to stop doing and pointing out that living environmentally-friendly lives means giving up all that makes life worthwhile.
Instead His Royal Highness wants the environmentalists to sell their view of an eco utopia by engaging in spin in the manner of his new initiative called Start, which aims to promote the benefits of supposedly sustainable living. He is quite open about using PR and marketing techniques to hide the unpalatable truth and focusing on an illusory and contrived vision, as he made clear saying:
“As one advertising executive put it to me, we are ‘making it cool to use less stuff’.
Achieving the environmentalists’ outcome still requires people to give up things that make life enjoyable and worthwhile. But of course, it is much easier for fabulously wealthy people like Charles, who will still enjoy the trappings of a fantastically privileged and taxpayer funded life of patronage and comfort. A man whose call for such a vision would have a dramatic negative impact on ordinary people for whom day to day living involves accounting for every last penny and making daily choices such as paying a bill or having something more nutritious than value beans and chips for dinner. But what else can we expect from a man whose only ambition in life, apart from becoming King, was to be Camilla’s tampon and whose world includes taking a white leather toilet seat with him wherever he travels.
Then it was on to delivering this swipe at AGW sceptics in typically idiotic and cack handed fashion:
I have to say, this process has not exactly been helped by the corrosive effect on public opinion of those climate change sceptics who deny the vast body of scientific evidence that shows beyond any reasonable doubt that global warming has been exacerbated by human industrialised activity. […]
[…] I would ask how these people are going to face their grandchildren and admit to them that they failed their future.
I wonder, will such people be held accountable at the end of the day for the absolute refusal to countenance a precautionary approach? For this plays a most reckless game of roulette with the future inheritance of those who come after us.
Question. If as Charles claims the evidence shows ‘beyond any reasonable doubt’ that mankind is stoking global warming, why on earth is he criticising people for refusing to countenance a ‘precautionary approach’? With all due respect, how can we take seriously someone who makes such contradictory comments within moments of each other?
Actually, stuff the respect. Respect is something that should be earned and the only thing Charles is earning is my enduring contempt. Small wonder so many people want the Monarchy to skip a generation because the prospect of this doddery old fool being King is just so disturbing. No qualification other than an accident of birth has provided him with a platform and all he does is spout ideological nonsense from a strange world that is divorced from the real one.