The latest salvo fired by this emerging toff/green alliance is today’s publication of the Tory’s Quality of Life Report, produced by billionaire environmentalist Zac Goldsmith and Thatcherite oddity John Gummer, fondly remembered by many for trying to force feed his daughter poisonous beefburgers in the 80s.
They report to Lord Snooty Cameron that something called the “Happy Planet Index” rather than GDP should be used to measure our wellbeing.
Well what a spiffing idea that is chaps. How utterly, utterly brilliant and completely sane and rational. Under this genius measurement of our happiness Iran scores 53 and the USA 28!
While an oppressive regime with a legal system based on medievalist superstitions might be an attractive style of government to landowning toffs and their new environmentalist friends – after all one form of right wing authoritarianism is pretty much the same as another – it may not suit the majority of us quite so well.
Indeed The Bristol Blogger could possibly not be too happy banged up indefinitely in an Iranian prison – alongside trade unionists, communists, socialists, anarchists, feminists, queers, prostitutes, drug users, aldulterers or anyone else vaguely normal – with only a public execution to look forward too.
But hell. There’s more to this wellbeing lark than silly old freedom of expression isn’t there?