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Sunday, July 13, 2008

DOES VOTING MATTER IF YOU VOTE GREEN?

In following up yesterday's item I thought it worthwhile to do a little more examination of the cost of Greenery as against its popularity.

According to this gushing item from the BBC
Overall the Greens, who contested 200 of the 646 seats, won 1.07% of the vote.
out of 27,110,727. So they got 290,000. Dividing the cost of environmentalism of £1.4 trillion between them shows that each Green voter costs the country £4.8 million annually. Lets only add 10% for current costs (£1 billion subsidy of windmills in Scotland, 70% of the transport budget going on rail which is only 3% of journeys, endless regulations & reviews pushing up the price of public projects 13 fold, more than doubling the cost of the electricity we could be getting form nuclear, 75% of housing costs being regulatory etc etc) & we get £5.3 million each annually.

Nobody's vote is worth that so I am coming round to the belief that the eco-fascist movement is not so much the leader of the wave of state enforced "environmentalism" as the inevitable detritus being carried by it. Empire building among "public servants" & the inevitable need to keep finding something for their ever growing numbers to do is what has created this mess. Once government is committed to pushing all sorts of silliness in this cause & giving massive publicity to anybody supporting it it becomes inevitable that some people will take it seriously enough to stand for election.

As anybody can see from the BBC report mentioned above we can be certain that the state broadcaster will give extremely flattering coverage to the party, far eclipsing that given in this case to the winner
Greens' Keith Taylor came third in their top target Brighton Pavilion with 22% of votes. The Labour incumbent won.


It is worth remembering that membership of the Club of Rome with its Limits to Growth propaganda was founded by rich people & consists of "scientists, economists, businessmen, international high civil servants, heads of state and former heads of state". Not exactly revolutionaries at the fringes of society. Somewhat more typical of the Bilderbergers. Indeed we see how the co-founder of Greenpeace was edged out by the lawyers & lobbyists.

I think the Greens are not the lever of "environmental" power they are merely the paint on the lever. Government embracing, funding & enforcing of "environmentalism" is a result of the fact that it gives government generally more chance to expand & regulate & tax us. It is an example of Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy which states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself....in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.
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