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From the Guardian:

Tony Blair today comes under criticism from a group of scientists and diplomats for failing to use Britain’s “special relationship” with the US to put pressure on US president George Bush to ratify the Kyoto protocol.

The intervention is made by peers on the cross-party House of Lords science and technology committee, whose members demand that Britain redouble its efforts to persuade Mr Bush to change his mind on climate change.

How cute is it that? The House of Lords – as antiquated and rickety an institution as there is – has a science and technology committee.  One can certainly afford a wry little grin at the notion of their lordships discussing the latest advances in ornithology or marveling over that newfangled technology the steam engine.  Indeed, that last seems much on their minds what with the coming ice age and what.

Clearly, however, they appear to have missed the vote in an elected upper house, which nixed the thing 95-0.  They also appear to have missed that little bit that piece of foolscrap known as the United States Constitution which requires all treaties to be ratified by the Senate in addition to bearing the president’s signature.

Oh well, perhaps they think that those pesky colonists will come around.  But really, isn’t it time for tea and some of that clotted cream to go along with that clotted thinking?

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Written by martinipundit

June 29, 2004 at 10:15 pm

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