Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Nothing Special

Every other country in Europe also thinks that it is America's best friend. As does Australia. As does Israel. As, even now, does Canada. But it is a different question whether any of them would allow Donald Trump onto their soul under the current circumstances.

In any case, they are all deluded, as are we. America's only Special Relationship is with Saudi Arabia, which is the only country in the world with a regime as evil as the one in North Korea, the vast coal and other mineral wealth of which the Trumps intend to control well into the twenty-second century.

We have of course merrily welcomed successive rulers of Saudi Arabia. We ought not to have done that, either. Instead, we need the exploitation of the vast reserves of coal in this country and in this county.

That, and the extension of civil nuclear power, are the means of delivering high-wage, high-skilled, high-status, unionised jobs while securing independence from Arab oil, from Russian gas, and from coal that has been mined using child and slave labour, including in North Korea.

Horror stories about how coal was burned or mined in the Britain of the twentieth century have no relevance to the Britain of the twenty-first. At the same time, I am totally opposed to the open-casting of the Pont Valley or anywhere else, digging up hardly any coal while employing hardly anyone.

My crowdfunding page has been taken down without my knowledge or consent. But you can still email instead, and that address accepts PayPal.

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