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The English are panicking that they are running out of oil&gas and have no policies to deal with that - except the one tested over the past 7 years - distract the populace with enemies and wars.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 05:59:05 AM EST
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We have one of the worst political cultures in the Western world, and a wretchedly ignorant and incompetent civil service.

I don't think it's deliberate distraction so much as bumbling from one crisis to the next, repeating free market ideology robotically, and - in some of the more extreme cases - secretly believing the Empire never really died.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 06:46:05 AM EST
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I too have the impression that such strategic oversight of the long-term situation isd beyond that of the current British political elite, especially Brown. Who, again, strikes me as just dumb, a surprise after years of having been told how the wily Bliar fears him.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 07:21:37 AM EST
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It's a good theory. It's main weakness is that the British issues can be solved: they need just take a look at how their neighbouring countries are dealing with these issues, and how they have been dealing with them for the last few decades.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 08:22:56 AM EST
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Their Neighbouring countries are Ireland and France. You're not really suggesting the British government is going to look to the French, let alone the Irish, for best practice?

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 08:54:40 AM EST
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