We don’t like paying tax but we don’t like bad roads or long waits to get into hospital or insufficient protection from the police. It is the job of government to balance those impulses. Most of the time, we get by, although some hiccups annoy us. But for many reasons – including massive bribery – we can’t even get started sensibly on climate change. Yes, people will lose money or jobs on restraining fossil fuel sources, but all the evidence is that the probabilities are that we will all be a lot worse off- especially those coming after us – unless we bite the bullet. Most of Europe – including England – know this and are reacting. But not us or the U S. We cannot afford to pay the price. Indeed we elected a government that had expressly promised not to pay the price. But balancing these contrary impulses is the first function of government. No wonder our children and grand-children are in despair.
And the failure looks to be a failure of democracy. MP’s from coal areas have far too much influence. Some say the same about Christianity and abortion and assisted dying.
These failings came home to me reading about the abolition of the slave trade in England. There was a massive cost to the English economy, and that was the basis of the opposition. The parallel seems apposite. But the English, driven by Evangelicals and Quakers, went ahead and prevailed. Why? Because that was the right thing to do.
We do look to be going backwards, and the backlash from those coming after us will be ferocious.
The low level of harm and the apology made by the Minister… to the Mayor…., along with the significant level of resources required to investigate were also factored in the decision [of the AFP not to investigate] not to pursue this matter.
AFR, 7 February 2020.
You know you are going bad when the rozzers say that there is only ‘a low level of harm’ when one politician alters a document to smear another politician.