from the quill of Antisthenes
That’s what the highwaymen could have been asking for, had they known that a human body, ignoring water, consists mainly of the element carbon. Of course, compared to our ALP politicians, the highwaymen were honest people and would not stoop to such subterfuge.
Now when the debate turned to money, not principles, more people, thankfully are taking interest. Perhaps the general public can relate to it better. After all $800 every year is far more tangible than 0.01 °C in 100 years. Further, everybody knows that when a government says it would cost you $X, you can safely double the figure, and in the case of any ALP government, triple it. Who knows, maybe the whole idea of “carbon” tax would be abandoned on financial grounds. The Greens in the Marickville Town Council abandoned the planned boycott of Jewish businesses because it would be too expensive. There is a certain irony in it since the Jews are supposed to be venal and unprincipled and our oh so pure Greens ditched their anti-semitic principles for financial reasons.
Still the debate, such as it is, brings out honesty at least in some people. Flannery declared the climatic effect of the “carbon” tax would not show itself until a thousand years and the “Independent” Oakeshott admitted he would ignore his voters’ wishes. Maybe one day even Garnaut will say “I didn’t know what I was talking about, but the money was good.”