Friday, June 02, 2006

Hay Festival 2006...

...did not have the weather on its side this year. All the usual suspects turned up to the Welsh Cannes of books. Al Gore also turned up and explained why it was that when he had the power he did nothing, but now that he has none he's turned a new leaf. They all loved him for it. Al would save the world if he could at least that's what he would like us to believe. Somehow I feel it is just not going to be that easy. Hollywood goes green. Tell it to Bollywood. They should all read Jared Diamond's "Collapse" to realise just what we are up against.

Lord Rees, the new President of the Royal Society, beat the terror drum. Lord May we miss you already. "In a global village there will be global village idiots. And with this power, just one could be too many," he said. These might not be fundamentalists, but those with the mentality of a computer virus designer or arsonist, he added. "Even a single person will have the capacity to cause massive disruption through error or through terror. We are kidding ourselves if we think that technical education leads to balanced rationality." said Rees. So now we know. The village idiot is to blame.

The truth is it is the pace of consumption that is the problem, Lord Rees. Your predecessor knew this and did not spend his time on red herrings. All this terror tosh is missing the point. It is we who need to change.

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