The news from America that John Holdren is Barak Obama’s chief scientific adviser is the best Christmas present the human race could hope for. For the past eight years, quite frankly, it has more than “got on my tits” that whilst America controls UK foreign policy and dominates the future course of events on this planet, I don’t get to vote for the President. There is no democracy in the fact that my children’s future was being flushed down the pan by an American President who thought global warming was some sort of liberal conspiracy to undermine US industrial power. Now we have someone who seems to be able to think for himself, act for the world and do the blindingly obvious, listen to the scientists. I never thought I would ever say this but, “God Bless America.”.
There is an enormous mountain to climb but at least the Americans look like they are putting a serious expedition together. The climb leader is a man who simply doesn’t mess about with words, he knows we are in deep ubuntu at this time and he knows that something has to be done now or the ubuntu will just keep spreading.
“Holdren “has been one of the most passionate and persistent voices of our time about the growing threat of climate change,” Obama said. “I look forward to his wise counsel in the years ahead.””
Now he may not be the sort of Santa Claus that comes down a chimney, he prefers solar panels obviously, but he brings more than one gift with him in his sack. For those of you who have been idle enough to read any of my articles for London Student you will be familiar with my condemnation of politicians allowing business management to dictate policy. Management is about how we use resources not about how we define policy. The fact that the most powerful politician on the planet has chosen to put into his administration people who are experts in their chosen field, rather than business managers to run the experts, is the real Christmas present for humanity. What has changed here is that we now have a chance, more importantly our children have a chance and even our grandchildren now have some hope.
I haven’t a clue who this guy Barak Obama is, as a politician he immediately attracts my suspicion, but so far he is looking like someone who appears to be a genuine thinking human being. After the last eight years I thought that such beasts were extinct in the White House. Now I expect Obama to make mistakes, I expect Obama to screw some things up but what really makes me happy this Christmas is that I don’t expect this man to lead us all to disaster.
Now all we need for New Year is that the Brownshirts of New Labour begin to see the light and realise that what the British people want is not a police state, identity cards and DNA data bases, no matter how profitable such things are in a time of recession. What we all want is a future for our children and that means a properly conceived housing policy, a properly conceived environmental policy and an end to them thinking any of us actually believe a word they are saying. If Brown started putting people like Holdren in key posts instead of clutching at Straws, if people were enobled because they did something for their country rather than that New Labour needed their guile to gain votes, then he might start looking like Santa himself rather than an imitation of Koba.
Just my opinion obviously, nothing to be taken that seriously over Christmas as you wait for Santa to arrive.