Apologies -I left the blog unmanned yesterday to take part in an anti-green demonstration.
Tens of thousands of us attended, policed by a handful of PCSOs trying to look as though they had something useful to do. We were orderly and in good spirits: coming together in common purpose (but not Common Purpose), while standing in the sunshine, shouting to one’s companions above the hubbub, is good for the soul. Being a tolerant crowd, we even gave space and time to some green representatives, one of whom was actually very impressive.
The purpose of the demo was to emit vast quantities of CO2 in order to celebrate human ingenuity in design, science, technology and engineering that has so advanced and improved the quality of our lives – all made possible by courage, imagination and the coal and oil fuelled Industrial Revolution that was fomented in Britain.
Quite fittingly, really, the RAF over-flew our gathering for half an hour or so – pointlessly but joyously belching copious amounts of CO2 and chemtrails – before leaving us to continue our protest without further disturbance.
To further make our point, we occupied a seriously beautiful piece of the environment which we respected and left undamaged – no leftie protest, this. It was specifically chosen because – like much of our favourite landscape – it owes its existence and unique nature to the efforts of man. Not surprisingly, man’s influence has resulted in land capable of supporting a huge variety of animal and plant life, almost certainly more diverse than it ever was when left to nature alone. Without a doubt, nature is beautiful but in its raw state can be capable of great tyranny; the greenies overlook the fact that man has created a mutually supportive environment in which we can live in harmony with species that – left to their own devices – would over-run all else.
Goodwood’s Festival of Speed is a fabulous event and about as ungreen as they come: I suspect that a mere whiff of Castrol R can fell the trace gas-sensitive greenie at a hundred paces. There are scores of iconic cars at the event – and that’s just in the visitors’ car park: in the grounds there are scores more (including some seriously fast racers, bravely driven, from the early part of the 20th century). Most of the manufacturers have stands of new and classic cars: there’s talk of the Motor Show transferring to Goodwood – on the strength of this show, it already has.
As a fan of Lancia and rallying, it was great to see a Stratos going sideways again and the WRC Mini looked very impressive. The 1968 Lotus gas turbine Indy car was a revelation as it whispered up the hillclimb at high speed – but possibly the most interesting and exciting of all the entants this year is another gas turbine car, the statically displayed Jaguar C-X75 which deploys two mini turbines to generate electricity for the propulsion system. If all ‘green’ cars were engineered and looked like this, most of us would be buying them: sadly, Jaguar will only be producing a battery-powered version.
I say ‘sadly’ – I couldn’t afford one.
And on that note, I will just add that despite the copious amounts of CO2 expended on the day, no species went extinct, the ice-caps remain in place and the summer temperature in these parts stubbornly remains at sub-20ºC. I’m fed up with the message that man is the enemy of the planet. It’s man that has made our planet such a beautiful and exciting place to live.