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Last updated on July 13th, 2017 at 01:18 pm
Following the summer that wasn’t, Britishers are now enduring standard December coldness. Yet the Fear remains:
Britons believe that the biggest threat to the planet is global warming, with 23% questioned fearing it more than the other issues.
If the British are that scared of warmth, how come so many of them keep flying to Florida?
23% of Brits would jump off a fucking cliff if their newspapers told them to. And good riddance to them.Posted by dean martin on 2007 12 07 at 09:02 AM • permalink
Merry Christmas 🙂Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 07 at 09:19 AM • permalink
#2 Actually perhaps you have a point – mindless, slavish aping of fashionable opinions instigated by the media is rife around here. But I always thought this was the case in other countries too….Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 07 at 09:20 AM • permalink
#8 I might if labour gets in againPosted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 07 at 09:23 AM • permalink
than the KRudd-struck denizens of all parts of Australia east of the Nullabor.
Not often I disagree with you but see here where there is a lot east of the Nullarbor showing sanity.
That said, I am giving serious thought to migrating to Albany.
#6 Skeeter, I agree that the map doesn’t make it look all that bad, but the seat picture tells a different story. The AEC site gives a quick snapshot. With Swan falling to the Libs, Labor will only hold 4 out of 15 seats (26.7%) in WA – a pathetic result. The most likely result in the rest of the country will be Labor holding 79 out of the remaining 135 seats (58.5%).
I’ve seen very little critical analysis in the national press about this dichotomy, but most over here think the miserable Labor vote is to do with the complete failure of Labor’s Work Choices scare campaign in the West. Everyone here is either on a workplace agreement or has a close friend or relative that’s on one. Industrial disputes have virtually disappeared and most are earning heaps more than they could on an award. We’ve never had it so good. Unions are seen as pretty much irrelevant except in the eyes of public sector workers who have always been strong Labor voters.
I went to the Property Council of Australia Christmas lunch at the Burswood today. The MC, Basil Zempilas, asked everyone (over 600 were there) to stand, and then everyone who voted Liberal to sit down. More than 90% of the audience promptly sat down.
I think it won’t be long before the “Don’t blame me – I voted Liberal” bumper stickers start appearing en masse over here.
Actually, it’s been pretty warm the last month here in the UK.
But as for that survey, I would want to take a close look at it. Mrs Bunny has a lot to do with serious academic surveys of current attitudes, and she says that global warming usually comes out at or near the bottom of people’s fears (along with GM food, that other non-existent worry).Posted by Blithering Bunny on 2007 12 07 at 10:24 AM • permalink
#14 Not down in Cambridge it hasn’t – about avaerage I’d say.Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 07 at 10:31 AM • permalink
#14/15 It’s mostly been bloody freezing in Edinburgh. Where’s gloomy warbling when you need it?Posted by Don Charleone on 2007 12 07 at 10:37 AM • permalink
#19 Ah, equality – that’s what I like to see!Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 07 at 11:23 AM • permalink
RebeccaH, that’s not to mention the 20,000 britons currently camped out in Vegas. (For the Mayweather – Hatton fight.)
Too bad they didn’t hold the fight in Vegas in August. 20,000 of the fairest-skinned people on earth + 110 degree desert sun = some of the worst sun-burn ever seen by medical personnel.Posted by David Crawford on 2007 12 07 at 02:18 PM • permalink
The Brits haven’t been the same since they lost the colonies.
I’ll never forget the Beatles’ first trip Stateside. When they hit Florida, they thought they’d died and gone to heaven.Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 12 07 at 05:21 PM • permalink
Those 23% either read the Guardian or know someone who reads the Guardian or knows someone who has a relative who reads the Guardian or passes by the newstand every day and sees a Guardian on display.
Let’s face it, it’s difficult making people connected with the Guardian up to 23%. I must include the “Indepedant”.Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 07 at 07:15 PM • permalink
In hopes of catching a glimpse of Andrea. Duh.Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 12 07 at 08:34 PM • permalink
OK, on a serious vein (I’m crossposting a little):
– if you want the ammunition to blow ‘global warmenistas’ out of the water
– if you want to actually understand what is happening in regards to climate and WHY
then go HERE
OK, this is a ‘compendium summation’ scientific article. It is hard data, not the usual MSM bullshit, but an educated layman can understand it.
#7 T&B (if you’re still reading down this far); That was the joke I was trying to make in my barbaric colonial way. Tim’s post was about Brits and I was trying to stay on topic. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.Posted by dean martin on 2007 12 08 at 07:22 AM • permalink
Flying to Florida, of course, produces no CO2. Established fact.