James Delingpole, the great great anti-catastrophist writer for the UK’s Daily Telegraph, is in the middle of a tour of Australia. His latest column is all about us.
A week into my Australian tour and I already I love the country and its people so much I could happily stay here forever.
Except there is this bothersome matter he finds difficult to deal with (in which he is not alone):
There’s just one small problem – well, one bloody big problem actually: the rampaging political correctness. How, in God’s name, did the robust, no-nonsense pioneer spirit of the original settlers who carved an earthly paradise out of burning hell allow itself to be watered down, warped and wimpified by a minority of tofu-knitting greens and tight-sphinctered lefties?
He is here on a speaking tour which you should get to if you can. And part of the reason for this tour is to sell his book, titled in Australia, Killing the Earth to Save It. There are many spinoffs for you in reading the book aside from the pure pleasure his writing and thoughts will give. He conveniently sets some of these additional benefits out in relation to the pain doing so will give to Christine Milne:
a) baby polar bears tumbling off melting ice floes and drowning
b) happy Australians with real jobs earning a living
c) a dozen new mines opening in the Pilbara
d) every wind farm in Tasmania being taken down and replaced by a solitary nuclear power station
e) slow motion replay of the Queensland election result, with Greg Withers – head of the state’s Office of Climate Change – being told by incoming premier Campbell Newman that from henceforward his job is to undo all the state’s insane environmental legislation.
f) a chorus including Ian Plimer, Bob Carter, David Archibald, Joanne Nova, Andrew Bolt, Tim Blair, Bill Kininmonth and James Delingpole singing ‘Tomorrow Belongs To Me’.
If he is only half as good in person as he is in print, he will be twice as good as anyone you are likely to listen to for the next little while. Sold out in Melbourne and Brisbane but perhaps you can catch up in Sydney and Adelaide. But if you are in Melbourne, he is also doing book signings on 27 April at these venues and as an added bonus he will be accompanied by Ian Plimer in a two for one deal never to be repeated again:
12.30pm At Mosaic Resources – 508 High St Preston VIC 3072
Books in Print: 100/102 Glenferrie Road Malvern VIC 3144 at 3.30pm