Ah I feel it is time in my water to award another of my prestigious, and internationally renowned, "Prats of The Week" Awards.
This week it goes to three groups of environmentalists; the World Development Movement, Platform and People & Planet.
Well my old muckers, a wee while ago these "guardians" of our planet launched a lawsuit against the Treasury, to force it to ensure that taxpayers' money invested in the Royal Bank of Scotland supports only projects that satisfy minimum green and human rights standards.
Seemingly the planet is in dire danger because the Treasury has breached its own policy to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions, by using public funds to bail out RBS.
Aside from the fact that the bailout supported Fred "The Shred's" pension (which may or may not constitute a threat to planet earth), the Greens have got their knickers in a twist over the fact that RBS once marketed itself as "the oil and gas bank" and has long been one of the top lenders to the energy industry.
In the Green eyed view of the world, oil and gas are evil (they conveniently ignore the fact that our entire society is based on oil/gas and their byproducts, such as plastic) and should be replaced with nice clean alternatives such as wind.
I am all for wind, except there are some very powerful middle class lobby groups (I suspect who also claim to be supporters of environmentally caring policies - so long as it is not in their backyard) who are doing a nice hatchet job of blocking wind farms.
Nimbyism is a very middle class trait!
Anyhoo, I digress, the fact remains that this action has as much chance in succeeding as there is of hell freezing over (a little environmental joke there).
All that will happen is that the Treasury will defend themselves (using our money to do so) and the case will drag on an on, producing vast reams of paper (cut from sustainable forests???) and keep a bunch of overpaid Porsche driving lawyers in coke and Bollinger for the next few years.
A spectacular waste of time, effort and resources.
Wrt a viable alternative to oil and gas, may I suggest nuclear?
The World Development Movement, Platform and People & Planet, well deserving "Prats of The Week"!
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