Apocalypse September 2021
Blessed day. Gavin Williamson may get a knighthood. In a Cabinet re-shuffle, Raab was relieved of the Foreign Sec post (gone fishing during Afghanistan withdrawal chaos, on top of whatever else), was then placated with the titles of Lord Chancellor and Deputy PM, meaning he must defend the independent jury from overreach by the executive, which is himself. It’s all gone topsy-turvy. They’re bleating about imperial measures; that must be the dead cat, slapped atop massive systemic absence of efficiency, void of solutions. Dawn Butler tabled a motion in Parliament to take ownership of the ministerial code from the Prime Minister. We must save our democracy before it’s too late. Starmer’s whole thing is that if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be rewarded fairly. How do we feel about working hard in the context of growing wealth inequality and widespread labour exploitation? There’s not really consent under duress, if you get me. And are the rules the law, or a more abstract social contract? How does he think anything ever changes for the good?
We have ample fuel stocks in this country. The country can continue to be reassured there are no shortages, states Downing Street. DON’T BLAME DRIVER CRISIS ON BREXIT, screams the Daily Express. The British Soft Drinks Association said manufacturers have only a few days of carbon dioxide left in reserve to produce beverages and can’t import supplies from the EU due to Brexit. Discrimination against black people and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities is objectively justified, the Home Office has claimed. But people stopped by a lone plain-clothes officer should challenge their legitimacy, the Met Police says. Resist arrest! That’ll end well. In a debate on social care funding, a Tory MP asks is it reasonable that we should have co-payment in the NHS? If so, it would generate an enormous amount of additional income. Mind if I steal?
Boris Johnson tells the UN that COP26 must be a turning point for humanity, that it is time for the world to grow up and listen to scientists. We believe that someone else will clear up the mess we make, because that is what someone else has always done, he said. We trash our habitats again and again with the inductive reasoning that we have got away with it so far, and therefore we will get away with it again. He’s telling the truth, with a nod and a wink. But that it’s him up there, Big Lie personified, on the global stage, pretending to be sincere. A vortex of untruth. Germany readies for the departure of Angela Merkel, feted Klimakanzlerin. On climate, she played it right at the global level, did an OK job at an EU level, but largely failed at home (1). To have gone further on climate would have required a very deliberate effort. She never had a big vision. She governed through realpolitik, checks and balances. She will not submit to the demands of terrorists, nor activists. She herself recently said she put a lot of energy into climate protection, and yet is sufficiently equipped with scientific understanding to see objectively that we cannot continue at this pace but that we have to move faster. There we are. We’re hamstrung. It’s crazy how we possess the power to make an abundant Earth scarce by being careless.
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(1) Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International