The New Misguided Minister for the Environment - getting it wrong - the Cnut!
Oh Dear, this doesn't sound very hopeful. Cnut, "halting climate change", stopping the tide, keeping the flame of Blairism alive, all Cnutian or is it Canutian!
David Miliband on the challenges of his new job:
It is also humbling that Al Gore held his first Senate hearing on climate change 26 years ago, in 1980. His article in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, which I read last weekend before I knew that this was to be my new focus, combines the passion and lucidity that marked out his book Earth in the Balance - the best book I have ever read by a politician. He starts with a really great point. The Chinese symbol for 'crisis' is in fact two symbols - one for danger and the other for opportunity. That is how I see the challenge of halting climate change - locally, nationally and internationally there are opportunities to advance economic and social progress, but there are also huge dangers. We need to use the dangers to motivate us to take up the opportunities.
And if Al Gore is the bestest book ever he
has coloured in read by a politician may I suggest he pops down the Library and finds books by Churchill, Machiavelli or - well why don't you suggest "top books by Politicians"? And no, Jeffery Archer doesn't make the list.
And of course Al got it wrong -
There is a widespread public misperception, particularly among the New Age sector, that the Chinese word for "crisis" is composed of elements that signify "danger" and "opportunity." ...
Now, however, the damage from this kind of pseudo-profundity has reached such gross proportions that I feel obliged, as a responsible Sinologist, to take counteraction....
A whole industry of pundits and therapists has grown up around this one grossly inaccurate formulation....