Al Gore pissed me off the other night when he claimed that anyone who didn’t agree with the global warming ‘consensus’ had been influenced by the self-serving propaganda of the oil companies. But of course we’re all supposed to love Al Gore, the ‘good guy’ who had the Presidency stolen off him by ‘bad guy’ Bush, the eco-heartthrob of the liberal intelligentsia. Well, you have to remember that the guy is an Aries, so he’s an idealist, yes, but he probably also sincerely thinks there is only one possible point of view on this climate business, and it’s his duty to correct us if we don’t hold that point of view. If you want to succeed in partisan politics, then that’s a great way to go about things. But this issue is a bit too serious for that.
Norman Mailer cheered me up the other day when he said that Tony Blair is very bright, but that’s not the same thing as having wisdom.
And Tory leader David Cameron pissed me off today when, having commissioned some probably accurate research to show that kids from married parents did better than those bastards whose parents weren’t married, he proposed giving tax breaks to married couples. WRONG ANSWER, David. What about some statistics on kids whose parents stayed married ‘for the sake of the children’ (or ‘for the sake of the tax-break’)? How do they turn out? And who needs the tax break more, the single-parents or the married couples? It’s just the Tories rewarding the privileged all over again.
There is no doubting the brightness of the Blairs and Camerons of this world. But they are also STUPID. At least with George Bush you can’t get confused that way. Blair’s strategy to improve education is to pour money in then pile the pressure on students and teachers. Subtle, eh? Education comes from the Latin, and means ‘to lead out’ i.e. you are cultivating the student’s own inner knowing and curiosity, the trunk of the tree on which knowledge can then be hung. It does not mean “to shovel in loads of knowledge and then stupefy with tests.”
The novelist Will Self commented that the Blair household probably had no books in it. He was wrong. The Blairs have copy of the Bible and, to show how broad-minded they are, a copy of the Koran.