Saturday, 8 September 2012

If I wanted Britain to Fail

H/T "GB-dorset" in a comment on Chris Bookers Telegraph blog

"If I wanted Britain to fail ... To follow, not lead; to suffer, not prosper; to despair, not dream.

I would start with energy. First, I’d make everyone feel guilty for using the energy that heats their homes, fuels their cars, runs their businesses, and powers their economy.

I’d make cheap energy like gas and coal expensive, so that expensive energy like wind and solar would seem cheap.

I would all-but-outlaw Britain’s most abundant sources of energy. I’d shut down our nuclear and coal and make shale gas so difficult and costly it wouldn’t be worth doing.

If I wanted Britain to fail … I’d use our schools to teach an entire generation that our factories and our cars will cause Global Warming. And when it’s cold and snowy outside,or dry, or wet I’d call it Catastrophic Climate Change instead.

I’d imply that Britain’s cities and factories could run on wind power and solar. I’d teach children how to ignore the hypocrisy of condemning manufacturing, mining and farming — while having roofs over their heads, heat in their homes and food on their tables. I would never teach children that the free market is the only force in human history to uplift the poor, establish the middle class and create lasting prosperity.

Instead, I’d demonize prosperity itself, so that they will not miss what they will never have.

If I wanted Britain to fail … I would create countless new regulations and seldom cancel old ones. They would be so complicated that only bureaucrats, lawyers and lobbyists could understand them. That way small businesses with big ideas wouldn’t stand a chance – and I would never have to worry about another BP, Rolls Royce or ICI.

I would ridicule as “Flat Earthers” those who question the science behind manmade climate change. I’d ensure inquiry panels are stacked so that even the most egregious breaches of the scientific method are whitewashed. And when the evangelists of commonsense try to expose the truth, I’d enlist a sympathetic media to drown them out.

If I wanted Britain to fail … I would empower unaccountable bureaucracies seated in Brussels to bully the British people out of their heritage, their dreams and aspirations. I’d send inspectors to shut down their factories for breaching idiotic European rules; I’d use human rights law as an excuse to get my own way.

I’d make it almost impossible for farmers to farm, miners to mine, driller to drill, and builders to build. And because I don’t believe in free markets, I’d invent false ones. I’d devise fictitious products—like carbon credits—and trade them in imaginary markets. I’d raise prices and disguise this as a subsidy to prop up uneconomic green industries. I’d convince people that this would create jobs and be good for the economy.

If I wanted Britain to fail … For every concern, I’d invent a crisis; and for every crisis, I’d invent the cause; Like imposing water restrictions on farmers when there is no need, using minute earth tremors to kill off the shale gas development by frightening the vast majority either too poorly educated or lazy to seek out the truth. I’d use Fukushima to destroy the last vestiges of the nuclear industry.

If I wanted Britain to fail … I’d make it easier to stop industry than start it – easier to kill jobs than create them – more fashionable to resent success than to seek it. When industries seek to create jobs, I’d file lawsuits to stop them. And then I’d make taxpayers pay for my lawyers.

If I wanted Britain to fail … I would transform the environmental agenda from a document of conservation to an economic suicide pact. I would concede entire industries to our economic rivals by imposing regulations that cost billions. I would celebrate those who preach environmental austerity in public while indulging a lavish lifestyle in private.

I’d convince the British that the Europe has it right, and Briatin has it wrong.

If I wanted Britain to fail … I would prey on the goodness and decency of the ordinary people.

I would only need to convince them … that all of this is for the greater good. If I wanted Britain to fail, I suppose I wouldn’t change a thing.

Adapted from the words of Ryan Houck"