News this week that 30 odd of our cities are failing to meet EU requirements on pollution levels. Apparently this is causing health problems. No shit, Sherlock !?!
As far as I can see, pollution is a bit like austerity. We’ve got no idea about either in this country. Try the third world for poverty. You want to see pollution? Go to Chongquin in China. I was there 25 years ago and you did well to see your hand in front of your face and I can’t believe it’s got any better. I can also remember the great London smogs when I was a kid. You wore a smog mask and still if you stuck a hanky up your nose it came out black.
OK pollution is a serious matter and shouldn’t just be ignored, but you need to get a sense of perspective. For example, don’t buy a diesel Volkswagen. But if you think you’re going to solve the problem by charging 5p for a plastic bag, or by buying carbon offsets, or by leaving an empty seat on a schedule flight that’s flying with or without you then you’re kidding yourself.
I’m all for environmental protection but I don’t need the EU telling me I’m missing a target that they’ve set for me because, frankly, I couldn’t give a flying for what the EU think.
I don’t need doctors telling me that if I ride a bike or walk to work then I’m breathing in shit from car exhausts because that just makes me more likely to take my car and turn on the air conditioning.
And I certainly don’t need my local council telling me that they’re going to charge me £50 a year for my recycling bin because that just means they can take it away.
And I can definitely do without the Green Party. Full stop. Period. No argument!
It’s all bollocks really, isn’t it?