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Last week we saw our ‘dystopian’ future

Monday/Tuesday blog.

Them and us

There were two bits of news last week whose juxtaposition I found particularly striking. I found them striking because of the glimpse they gave us into our future.

On the one hand we heard about Oxford City Council’s plans to spend £6,500,000 of taxpayers’ money dividing the city into six ‘climate zones’ to impose traffic restrictions on citizens and visitors. As you probably know (see my weekend blog) these would limit the number of times members of a household could cross from their zone to another zone in a car to 100 times a year and those living outside the city could apply for permits allowing them to just 25 zone-crossings a year. Moreover, the council, supposedly elected to serve the people of Oxford, planned to implement this mini-lockdown “whether people like it or not”.

On the other hand, we learnt that national treasure, Stephen ‘Fatty’ Fry, has spent the last year reportedly “travelling the globe for a new documentary, A Year on Planet Earth”. From what I understand, Fatty visited quite a few places while making his documentary including the Amazon (the forest, not the online shopping megalith), Iceland (the country, not the shop), California, Mexico, the Serengeti, Tibet, China, Los Angeles, possibly Australia and no doubt several other places. Here’s a quote from Mr Fry talking to a reporter last week: “I am currently in Los Angeles, where I am filming, and while it’s perfectly lovely to be here, I know I’ll eventually have that powerful instinct we all experience as primate mammals to chart a course for home, to turn towards a sense of what I grew up with and what I feel to be home.” Mr Fry seems to be enjoying his travels.

I, of course, don’t know how our national treasure travels when making his important documentary. But I rather doubt that Fatty spends hours with his possibly corpulent frame cramped in a tiny seat in monkey class squeezed between useless drunks, pissed-up slags and screaming brats. In fact, I rather suspect that at a minimum Mr Fry travels in Business Class and probably even in First Class if that’s available. So, if I am right, he can relax sipping champagne and enjoying three-course meals while lecturing the rest of us on the need for us to reduce our use of fossil fuels. As Mr Fry said in June: “But the fact is, reasonable people, I think, understand that something has to be done about fossil fuels – most of all about our insatiable appetite for them.”

We must also remember that Mr Fry won’t have been travelling alone. There would be a film crew of at least 4 (and probably more) accompanying him and tending to his every need. Here he is filming in Iceland:


I worked in advertising for a few years and, whenever there was an ad shoot in some exotic location such as the Caribbean or California, it was extraordinary how many of the ad agency’s employees felt it necessary to attend the film shoot given that their expenses would be paid by the agency’s generous clients. I wonder how many people there were in Mr Fry’s entourage and how Mr Fry’s retinue travelled? Monkey Class? Or something rather more fossil-fuel-guzzlingly comfortable?

Satire becomes reality?

In several blogs, I have recommended journalist Ross Clark’s satirical novel about climate change – The Denial:

In The Denial, the writer describes a dystopian future in which ordinary people are virtual prisoners in their own local areas and their own mostly unheated homes, their lives immiserated by the need to live within their carbon budgets limiting what they can buy and how much they can travel. Meanwhile the wealthy elites, including ‘influencers’, swan around the world visiting the best holiday spots while lecturing the rest of us on the dangers of climate change. In an article about his new documentary, Mr Fry says: “I don’t understand those people (who now seem to be diminishing in numbers, thankfully) who still deny the obvious fact that we are in the grips of a climate crisis.” 

As the citizens of Oxford look forward to their new climate-saving mini-lockdowns being imposed by their elected representatives “whether they like it or not” and as Mr Fry and his various flunkies swan around the world lecturing us about the supposed ‘climate crisis’, Ross Clark’s satirical novel seems to be becoming our new reality.

Of course, national treasure Mr Fry is not the first person to heroically travel the world, often in CO2-belching comfort, to lecture the rest of us on the need to reduce our own carbon footprint. Some readers may fondly remember when in 2019 Prince Harry, the Count of Montecito, reportedly flew by private jet to a Google climate conference in Sicily where he gave a speech barefoot to various important people at a luxury resort who attended travelling in 114 private jets and various super-yachts. Moreover, each annual COP climate conference usually has around 20,000 attendees all bravely sacrificing themselves to save us from our fossil-fuel profligacy. But coming in the same week as the news of Oxford’s climate mini-lockdowns, news of Mr Fry’s extensive planet-rescuing travels could be seen to emphasise the growing gulf between the jet-setting climate warriors and those subjected to their planet-saving policies.

I believe that Mr Fry is an avid bibliophile. If so, perhaps there’s a book I could recommend to him?

If he were to read it and could understand it, perhaps he would stfu with all his (no doubt well-remunerated) climate-catastrophist nonsense?

Dystopias are mean to be fictional constructs

Some people might class Ross Clark’s The Denial as a vision of a dystopian future such as George Orwell’s 1984 or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

A typical dictionary definition of dystopia is “A dystopia is a fictional world where people live under a highly controlled, totalitarian system”. And we’re told that distinct themes typical of a Dystopian Society include: complete control over the people in a society through the usage of propaganda, heavy censoring of information or denial of free thought, worshiping an unattainable goal, the complete loss of individuality, and heavy enforcement of conformity.

Dystopian novels are meant to be fictional constructs warning us about the possible future, not instruction manuals for the ruling elites.

But in their crusade to ‘save the planet’ our rulers (cheered on by the supine, lying, worthless mainstream media) plan to lock us down in our own zones preventing us from travelling, to limit energy supplies so only the richest can afford proper heating, to reduce farming making all but the most basic foods unaffordable to the majority of people (possibly forcing some of us to eat insects) and to stamp out free speech so we are not allowed to question their policies. Without exaggeration we could say that our rulers seem to be making dystopia our new reality. After all, are there any features of a dystopia – complete control over the people in a society through the usage of propaganda, heavy censoring of information or denial of free thought, worshiping an unattainable goal, the complete loss of individuality, and heavy enforcement of conformity which you don’t see being imposed on us in the worship of the unattainable goal of saving us from an invented climate crisis which doesn’t even exist?

5 comments to Last week we saw our ‘dystopian’ future

  • A Thorpe

    What if the last 50 years or so in the West has been a blip in our history? Life has been a struggle for the majority during most of civilisation. It hasn’t been that great for the elites compared to what we have today. Slavery, feudalism, followed by hard work of the industrial revolution and then world wars and constant conflict around the world since. History looks like elites controlling the masses in some form or other. The development of electronics and Keynesian money printing policies gave the appearance of freedom and a better life, but it is a house of cards built on debt that is not sustainable. In addition it has encouraged a life of decadence and ideas of a new fantasy existence. Fry is the latest useful idiot being used to sell the propaganda. But what they are selling is economic feudalism – a return to a life controlled by the elites. Fry will be discarded when he has served his purpose.

  • A Thorpe

    There is a Sky New AU video covering the Oxford issue.

  • David Craig

    Yes, I know. I featured that Sky News Australia video on my weekend blog (yesterday!!)

  • Ed P

    Mr Fry’s ignorance of climate reality is hard to understand.

    He’s obviously an intelligent fellow – which proves, I suppose, that intelligence is no help when one has absorbed and believed such a massive scam.
    But he is widely read and must research many topics for his oeuvre, so really has no excuse for his ignorance about this emotive issue. (Unless he’s being paid to spout such nonsense.)

    Perhaps you could send him a copy of your splendid ‘There Is No Climate Crisis’ book?

  • david draig

    I rather think that the wealthy Mr Fry could afford to buy a copy of my book (or others with a similar message) if he really wanted to understand the case against the man-made global warming cult. But when you’re getting probably a six-figure dollop of cash for swanning around the world spouting climate-catastrophist nonsense, why would you want to do any real research?

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