China & the carbon fairy …

From a faraway land a tale of a faraway land, that has so much in common with our own antipodean paradise that it is worth reading as a parable …

Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con): Criminologists have observed that the victims of confidence tricksters are often willing—indeed, eager—to believe the story to which they fall victim.  The more absurd, fantastic or fabulous the story, the more willing they are to believe it.

This Select Committee report – Low Carbon Cooperation with China – and the government’s reply prove that Ministers and Members will willingly believe any delusion as long as it is sufficiently fabulous.  It contains all the characteristics necessary for the sort of fairy tale in which one wants to believe: it has a faraway country, mysterious powers that we attribute to ourselves, and pots of gold—green gold—at the end of the rainbow.

Pray continue …

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