Category Archives: France Italy & the rest

Stephen Emmott in Italia: Dieci Miliardi

Googling “stephen emmott” + “ten billion” yields 56,300 results, though no recent articles, as far as I can see, about the book that was published in July in Britain and in early September in the USA by two of the … Continue reading

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In Praise of (French) Ecologists

French politics is complicated, and I’d more or less sworn off discussing it, but recent events involving a new Eco-tax make the subject irresistible. The Marxist historian E.P. Thompson once remarked that the British love affair with Europe was largely … Continue reading

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Italian Election

You have no doubt heard that the Italian election has left the country, and possibly the European Union, in a state of confusion. The left has won in the Lower House, and the right in the Senate. Hardly anyone is … Continue reading

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Great Works of English Literature (2): “The Hockey Stick Illusion” (or: Bad Smell of the Melodystick Ballgamepole Songline)

I’m a big fan of Chinese rap music, of which more in a moment. But first: I was going to do a review of Andrew Montford’s book, which I read at Christmas. But then I lent it to my daughter’s … Continue reading

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An Inconvenient Truth – The Opera

[It’s not just the consensus scientists, the committed environmentalists, the journalists in search of the catastrophic headline, the government in search of tax receipts, and the businessmen hoping to make a quick government-subsidised buck. Global warming hysteria is an ideology … Continue reading

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Ehrlich’s Endarkenment, Emmott’s Ten Billion, and the War in Mali

[I can’t get the graph to work. Follow the link for a similar one] Professor Ehrlich and Professor Emmott are quite right. World population is likely to increase from its current 7 billion to about 9.5 billion in 2050 and … Continue reading

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Steel, Gas and Watermelons

I don’t buy the Watermelon theory that Greens are just closet Reds, and that environmentalism is some secret plot to impose soviet-style socialism on the world. It’s a Heath Robinson kind of idea, at once oversimplified and too complicated to … Continue reading

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