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Evil works backwards.

Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years.

Oh fuck me up the Khyber Pass!

The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050.

Fuck right off.

The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.

Cunt off. Do just do that you utterly raving cunts. Not long since I bought a model ornithopter from a bloke at the Galata tower in Istanbul (and no I didn’t get the now defunct Orient Express to Istanbul, I went on a Boeing 737). So why was he selling it there?

According to the Seyahatname of Ottoman historian and traveller Evliya Çelebi, in circa 1630-1632, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as an early aviator using artificial wings for gliding from this tower over the Bosporus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side, nearly six kilometres away. Evliyâ Çelebi also tells of Hezarfen’s brother, Lagari Hasan Çelebi, performing the first flight with a rocket in a conical cage filled with gunpowder in 1633.

Because you see flight has been a dream of humanity since forever. I think that story is dubious but the point, the desire of it isn’t. There is also a coda to it. The sultan at first thought to richly reward Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi for his feat but then thought otherwise… I mean ordinary folks flying! Where will it all end? Well, in 1903 it was nailed by Orv and Will on Kill Devil Hills. I’m reserving a post here for December 17th but Orv and Will did it off their own bat. Who spotted the Flyer? The lifeguard team on the beach and a mooching teenager. Aviation historians have reckoned that the Wrights spent $1000 to fly. It is a matter of public record that the US Navy spent $50,000 on their attempt which involved a very early bath in the Potomac for the director of the Smithsonian. He launched from a boat using a $10,000 steam catapult. The Wright brothers spent $4 on a wooden rail from the local timber merchant. And it worked. And the world took off.

And that is why the likes of Orv and Will are hated by government of any form. Four hundred years ago, just over a hundred years ago, now, by 2050, whatever it’s the same old nonsense and the same on at least two continents. Three if Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi crossed the straits to Asia… Who knows but he gave it a go!

Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities.

Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto “alternative” means of transport.

“That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,” he said. “Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.

Do the fuckers also have a final solution to the “Jewish Question?”

The Association of British Drivers rejected the proposal to ban cars as economically disastrous and as a “crazy” restriction on mobility.
“I suggest that he goes and finds himself a space in the local mental asylum,” said Hugh Bladon, a spokesman for the BDA.

“If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track. We have to keep things moving. The man is off his rocker.”

Mr Kallas has denied that the EU plan to cut car use by half over the next 20 years, before a total ban in 2050, will limit personal mobility or reduce Europe’s economic competitiveness.

Mr Kallas is right. It will not reduce our economic competitiveness – it will send us back to the fucking stone age.

Orville Wright died in 1949. Will died in 1912 but Orv saw the fire-bombing of London, Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo and the nuking of Japan. Orv saw the first jet-pilots kick the tyres and light the fires. Orv saw what he had wrought upon the world. What did he see? The Wright Brothers were the sons of a bishop. Their dream of flight was a dream of helping to bring peace to the world by facilitating travel around it. A noble ambition. Cars and flight made the last century much as railways made the one before. What is making this century?

Cunts if you ask me. Utter cunts.

And why? Why can so many people hate freedom so much?

I don’t know exactly what Orv saw but I know what I see. I see the endarkening. And yeah, I’m sure that is one of my mine but Perry at Samizdata nicked it. Well I’m having it back because the endarkening doesn’t happen on my fucking watch. No way. Or his.

Anyway! Why put the stop line at 2050? Because like every control order they have ever done, they get away with it because of time. They are saying it now to put the myth into the sphere. They are saying it now so that children as yet unborn shall learn it and be old enough to put it in place. In that they are clever. For anything that kicks around in the public whatnots for that long gains a perverse reality.

Even if it is insane.

27 Comments

  1. Lynne says:

    I’ll brain any fucker who tries to part me from my Landie.

  2. EndivioR says:

    As an experimental pilot scheme, they could try just banning John Prescott for now. That would cut emissions by a significant factor, right there.

  3. HSLD says:

    I’m starting to think that the only way to bring a halt to this insanity is a revolution.

    When I was a kid I thought that I might be living and working on the moon in 2011, or Mars, or somewhere in the Jovian system. Mining an asteroid while thinking about the green, green hills of earth. Jeebus, I sound like you Nick.

    Not sitting here open mouthed at the sheer idiocy of a ruling elite who want to send us back to the fucking stone age.

  4. Greg2213 says:

    It does seem that the elimination of the automobile would have restricting effects on the freedom to assemble and physically protest. But those two things have already been outlawed in Europe, right?

    I assume they are thinking that the increase in telecommunications will make personal vehicles somewhat obsolete. Of course, government will be in charge of those telecommunications. No one would ever think that any European government, much less the EU, would restrict such communications, right?

    So how much under-reported anger is there in the UK and Europe regarding the growing police states over there? Is there a Euro equivalent of the Tea Party lurking just out of sight?

  5. Sam Duncan says:

    What really pisses me off about this – and Nick more or less nails it in his last paragraph – isn’t what they’re proposing to do, which is fucking hatstand insane, but the fact that the Commission is solemnly proposing policy 40 years ahead, sure in the knowledge that it can’t be voted out. Which is fucking evil.

    And since it can’t be voted out, the people of Europe will – as HSLD says – have to find other methods to dislodge it; a prospect I don’t relish one bit, because it won’t be replaced by anything better. It won’t necessarily be worse, either: the awful truth is that more likely that not it’ll be the same.

  6. RAB says:

    Well if trying to impliment this fuckwittery doesn’t completely destroy the EU, nothing will.

    This idiocy from an organisation that moves its main place of business from Brussels to Strasbourg every six months, together with all the bureaucrats and MEP’s. They won’t be on their bikes and sKateboards will they? No the EU elite will have Zil lanes just like the old USSR, and planes too, all very regrettable they will say, but we Elite must travel, but you serfs don’t have to do you?

    This moron has been collecting his big fat paycheque for far too long, he has lost all touch with reality.

  7. John Galt says:

    Never mind all this tot from the EU, they’ll be long gone by the time we get to 2050.

    Where’s my fucking flying car – Huh?

    I was promised at first that it would be 1980 (in 1968), then 2000 (in 1986), then 2010 (in 2000). No bastard sign of it.

    Fuck Warble Gloaming. I want my cunting flying car….or Jetboots – I would settle for Jetboots.

  8. Laird says:

    FWIW, the BBC reports that the UK government is rejecting the call for carless cities: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12879566. (Of course, one must consider the source!) Still, perhaps this is enough of a wedge issue to lead to your withdrawal from the EU. Just a thought.

  9. JuliaM says:

    Maybe, just maybe, this is the moment the EU finally overreached itself?

  10. Stonyground says:

    Is man made global warming a real and present danger, or is it a sackload of scaremongering bullcrap? I have a feeling that by 2050 we will know pretty much for definate one way or the other. If it turns out to be the former, well I suppose maybe these extreme measures will be justified. If it turns out to be the latter, these people will have lost all credibility.

    Of course the consequences of banning private cars from a particular area will be that no one will go there. All that they will acheive will be to create ghost towns and pockets of prosperity elsewhere.

  11. berenike says:

    Fuck right off.

    Spoooooky! That’s precisely what I said when I saw this story in the telegraph!

    (and I am a devotee of public transport)

  12. Greg2213 says:

    Stonyground – “Is man made global warming a real and present danger, or is it a sackload of scaremongering bullcrap? ”

    The latter. There is zero evidence for the former (which is not the same as saying there’s zero evidence that temps have risen over the last 130 years.) There’s a lot of historical and measured empirical evidence that warming and more CO2 is definitely beneficial.

    Of course, beneficial warming doesn’t provide a means for the massive money and power grab that the scary version of warming provides. Beneficial warming means more people and more tech and the watermelons just can’t have that.

  13. Michael says:

    Go near my Landy or MG and I’ll give you warble gloaming! Wonder how long it will take me to build a Wicker Man? I’ve got a few front runners for the “politician, rope, lamp post kit – some assembly required”.
    BTW where is the power generation capacity going to come from? Magic Sky Pixies?

  14. RAB says:

    Here’s the Gent himself…

    http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/videoplayer.cfm?ref=76620&sitelang=en

    Have you ever heard such a load of self congratulatory, half assed, utopian, numbers plucked out of thin air, Cockwaffle in all your born days?

    He used to be Prime Minister of that bastion of freedom and Democracy, Estonia by the way. Only for a year though. Hardly Maggie Thatcher or even Tony Blair is he? He obviously prefers high powered and high paid positions that we the people do not have to scrutinise him, by actually voting for him, doesn’t he?

    He is also an EX member of the Communist party of the Soviet Union. Well in my book, just like paedophiles, there is no such thing as EX Communist.

    Just marking you cards y’all!

    PS Wouldn’t John Cleese do a great impression of him in his Basil Faulty smarmy engratiating mode?

  15. Sam Duncan says:

    “Of course the consequences of banning private cars from a particular area will be that no one will go there. All that they will acheive will be to create ghost towns and pockets of prosperity elsewhere.”

    And they’ll blame the supermarkets. Or property developers building out-of-town malls. Or crime. Or something so completely insane I can’t even think of it right now. Anything but face the consequences of their own hare-brained Schemes.

  16. “Of course the consequences of banning private cars from a particular area will be that no one will go there. All that they will acheive will be to create ghost towns and pockets of prosperity elsewhere.”

    I believe the plan is to have us all walled-up in ‘eco-cities’ where we won’t be able to harm Mother Earth.

  17. EndivioR says:

    Completely off topic but maybe some kind person could help me. Ecuador’s pres has just initiated legal proceedings against the country’s main independent newspaper for alleged libel. If the claim is successful (and the judges will be handpicked by the Pres himself under new powers likely to be granted in a forthcoming plebiscite, so it clearly will be successful regardless of the dubious merits of the case), the paper’s board of directors and opinion editor would go to jail for 3 years, and the compensation claim might well close down the paper. I want one or two international journo watchdog sites to hear about this. Any suggestions?

  18. NickM says:

    Sam,
    I think it’s madder than that. Define a car first. Are they going to ban vans? What about those vans that are essentially cars with the windows at the back blanked. What about taxis? OK, it’s possible to go into town on the bus and buy a pair of jeans and a CD and return on the bus OK but plumbers taking all their clobber onto a bus? Or moving house or running a florists or delivering pizza?

    What I’m trying to get at is these sorts of things have weird consequences. Some of the worst traffic in Europe is in Athens and at one point the city fathers had a cunning plan… To reduce congestion one day even plate numbered cars would be asllowed in and the other day odd. So what did the Greeks do? Bought loads of cheap old FIATs and similar as a second motor. All this scheme achieved was to make parking in suburban Athens nightmarish becaz\use every household now has an extra car pretty much.

    Endivio,
    Dunno. What’s the Ecuadorian gov take on Libya? I saw Chavez on the telly wittering on about Crusaders and such. Reminds me of something I saw a few years back a gaggle of lefty students in Newcastle protesting with flags of all commie nations. I had to explain to them they were flying the Venezualan flag upside down and that is internationally recognised as a distress signal. I was thanked and offered a discounted CD of patriotic Palestinian songs as recorded by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade male voice choir. I politely declined. Though I’d quite like to hear their take on the 1812 Overture. “That’s not a canon firing – that’s Abdullah going to paradise”. Never would a performance more honestly be able to claim “For one night only!”.

  19. Jeremy Robert Poynton says:

    ““Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.” ”

    = Fascism.

    RAB – not only do the cunts in the EU move themselves every six months, at vast cost to us all, they also move their documentation in fleets of lorries.

    I gues they don’t have network file servers in the EU offices yet…

  20. These fucking cunts need to be sorted out.

  21. Unless there are ground-breaking advances in medical science, it’s very unlikely that I’ll be around in 2050. My only wish (and expectation) is that the EU won’t be around to see it either.

  22. Roue le Jour says:

    Dunno which is funnier, really, that they are planning something completely batshit, or that they’re planning to do it about two or three decades after they cease to exist.

  23. EndivioR says:

    I have a photo of Correa wearing a Robe and conversing animatedly with a camel while Ghadafi looks on. After that trip, he went on TV and said more or less: Gadaffi, charming fellow and quite misunderstood. Just because he doesn’t have elections doesn’t mean he’s not democratic. He has a system of Local Communities instead. So what? Let’s stop seeing everything and judging people by our Western standards. Etc etc etc.

    It’s all so boringly predictable.

  24. Stonyground says:

    @Greg2213
    Yes I am aware that the answer is ‘scaremongering bullcrap’ it was sort of a retorical question. My point was that if the impending disaster fails to happen and keeps failing to happen for another four decades I think that even George Monbiot will have realised that the game is up.

  25. NickM says:

    Stony,
    No! The beliefs of the likes of Monbiot are flexible. If it is catastrophic they will say, “Told you so!” and if it ain’t they will claim Kyoto etc. was what saved us and demand some other silly thing on the basis of being proved right on this call. They are intrinsically unfaslifiable.

  26. Edward Lud says:

    This Kallas may well be flying a kite, his interest being not what is proposed here but a milder variation. This would enable him to say he’s listened but that the gravity of the situation demanding the original proposal is such that action is nonetheless needed. So for example, only favoured classes and clients will actually end up being able to drive in cities. It’s EU SOP.

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