Parliament of Fools

new from Monbiot:

The US disease has arrived in Britain: representatives waging an all-out war against science.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th September 2013

A “flat-earth love-in”. That’s how one MP described the debate he witnessed in parliament last week(1). The politics with which citizens of the US, Canada and Australia are now wearily familiar – in which elected representatives denounce both scientific evidence and the researchers who produce it – have arrived in Britain.

A couple of years ago I decided to stop arguing with climate change deniers. It was driving me mad. Spend too much time grappling with the convolutions of people like Lord Lawson, Lord Monckton, David Rose or Christopher Booker and some of it rubs off on you. I began to feel like the man in the celebrated cartoon: “I can’t come to bed yet dear. Someone is wrong on the internet.”

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