McKenna: Go green before it becomes compulsory

“Scotland will not die of cancer or heart disease or alcoholism; it will die of [green] misery instead.”

Kevin McKenna writes in The Observer,

I can’t recall if there was a significant event that set me on my renewable journey. Perhaps it was the realisation that my carbon footprint, which had, I reckon, been trudging along at a complacent 5.5, really needed some attention. And although I would never have considered myself to be a climate-denier, I was always sceptical of the Hallelujah chorus proclaiming the environment to be the new global religion. Like Chicken-licken and Hen-len, I took to venturing out each morning wondering if today was the day when the sky would fall in. All I can say is that, having been washed in the renewable waters of sustainability, I’m having a jolly good time.

An early test of just how profound has been my conversion was when I came recently to buy a car. Previously, I had deployed a regrettably jejeune attitude to carbon emissions. Does anyone really gives a tinker’s toerag about fuel emissions as long as the Chinese are singlehandedly wrecking the planet? This time, I bought myself an unfussy and low-emission wee jalopy that is as carbon-friendly as a soya bean supper.

It seems that the motor had qualified for a low-emission badge on account of the engine automatically cutting out when it becomes stationary at traffic lights. Unfortunately, I was trying to look for the cigarette lighter when the chap from the dealership was telling me about this. On the first few occasions it happened, I was taken by surprise and thus accosted by impatient motorists with that unseemly highway semaphore that all male drivers use to convey impatience on the road. But I overcame these early jitters and am now quite smug and supercilious when the engine cuts out. That’s another couple of Arctic terns I’ve saved, I tell myself…

I love being all green and environmental and carbon-efficient these days. Nobody forced me; it was a free choice. Others may feel it is a waste of time. Soon, though, they will be made to bend the knee when this government, as it will, is compelled to pass a law enforcing the new green living laws.

Scotland will not die of cancer or heart disease or alcoholism; it will die of misery instead.

Read McKenna’s full column.

2 thoughts on “McKenna: Go green before it becomes compulsory”

  1. If you follow the link to the full column you will arrive at the Guardian. For those who don’t know, the Guardian is a left wing English newspaper with what used to be a terrific online section called CommentIsFree. That is until the censors, aka moderators, moved in.

    For me McKenna’s article is a bit airy-fairy. The real interest is the number of comments deleted (censored out) because they don’t toe the party line. So much for the Left’s view of “free speech”.

  2. If you follow the link to the full column you will arrive at the Guardian. For those who don’t know, the Guardian is a left wing English newspaper with what used to be a terrific online section called CommentIsFree. That is until the censors, aka moderators, moved in.

    For me McKenna’s article is a bit airy-fairy. The real interest is the number of comments deleted (censored out) because they don’t toe the party line. So much for the Left’s view of “free speech”

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