Iceland could be our saviour

As the near continent wide ban on aircraft movements enters its 4th day, and the airports of Europe begin to resemble refugee camps and field hospitals, a bigger and much more pressing set of questions now come to the fore.

Forgetting the shrills who have been carping on about Co2 and Food miles (the Icelandic volcano has put more Co2 into the atmosphere in 4 days than European industrialisation and air transport could do in 1000 years) the reserves of food available across the UK must now be looking fairly thin.

For years we have been told by our politicians that Globalisation is the way forward, it is good for Britain, yet we have seen that this same globalisation has all but destroyed our financial systems, in turn sending to the wall and bankrupting small and medium sized business at an unprecedented rate.

Supranational treaties with the EU, OECD, WTO and the UN have destroyed many of our key industries, mining, steel, potteries, etc and those same treaties have destroyed our food security.

The Government of the United Kingdom has an obligation to ensure that the population of these islands can feed itself, but after many years of interference both at national and supranational level, our arable farmers only produce a fraction of what is required, our fishermen are regulated, quota driven and fined, livestock farmers have been reduced to a bare minimum by introduced diseases such as foot and mouth and swine & bird flu.

Much of what food is produced in the UK is discarded or diverted for other purposes because of quotas for biofuels or processing, or it does not meet the plethora of regulations on sizes, shapes & colours.

As a nation we are now dependent upon the farmers of Egypt, Kenya, Syria, Spain, Italy and many more overseas producers for our basic foodstuffs. A large percentage of this is shipped into the UK by airfreight, as sea and road transportation would see these goods spoil or rot before they reached the supermarkets.

Besides the obvious inconvenience of moving people about, the inability of aircraft to fly will only show how globalisation is ruinous for this country, not only in financial terms but in the most basic of human requirements, the ability to feed ourselves.

When the supermarkets begin to have supply problems of potatoes, tomatoes, beans, apples, pears, oranges, lemons, asparagus, aubergines, sweet corn, those nice medley packs, runner beans, sweet potatoes, mange tout, carrots, swede, turnips, cucumbers, celery, peppers, radishes, onions, pineapples and grapes and a host of other foodstuffs that we buy every day, all in the main imported by air (just look at the labels) who will we blame.

Who will we blame? No doubt the newspapers and politicians will be blaming the Icelandic volcano ash cloud, a problem beyond their control.

But the problem should never have gotten beyond their control in the first place, they have neglected us, our ability to feed ourselves completely from within our own borders, in this mad dash for globalisation, for power, for money, for control.

So when the politicians knock on your door, ask them who is to blame if you cannot feed your family properly this election, just make it clear to them that without the EU, its rules and regulations, this country could grow what it wanted, it could fish where it liked, it could reduce our dependency on overseas food imports to a minimum, so that natural disasters such as this latest volcano would have a minimum impact on families here.

So rather than looking at this Icelandic Ash Cloud as a problem, it could in fact be our saviour, it could make the people of the UK wake up a little.

The way to get your candidate to understand that you wish to be self sufficient in food here, and the only way to do that is to get a referendum on the EU.

To get that referendum, reneged on by all the 3 main parties, Lib/Lab/Con, all candidates should be denied our vote unless they have already signed the Albion Alliance Pledge (see Candidate data base, button on right side bar). Alternatively, when candidates ‘come a canvassing’, they can also be presented with this to sign – a form which is being downloaded at the rate of ‘hundreds’ each day, since it became available on the Albion Alliance website.

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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5 Responses to Iceland could be our saviour

  1. Excellent. Im borrowing it if I may ;o)

  2. Dean says:

    “(the Icelandic volcano has put more Co2 into the atmosphere in 4 days than European industrialisation and air transport could do in 1000 years)”

    Source? I really want to use this in something I’m writing but cannot find anywhere that shows this.

    • must have been tired when I wrote that..misquoted it….or did I, no, its been erupting now for 4 days…x 250 years.

      Over the past 250 years, humans have added just one part of CO2 in 10,000 to the atmosphere. One volcanic cough can do this in a day.

      http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2655036.htm

      And yes, I do know that people have tried debunking this article..but fail to mention the difference between low laying co2 which depletes into the soil and oceans and tropospheric co2. The Icelandic volcano would be putting it directly into the troposphere because it is a sub ice sheet volcano, producing far more steam and water vapour than dry or hiarea volcanos.

      • Vladimir says:

        That’s interesting, and personally I’d be pleased if you were right, since I hate being preached at by the AGW cultists. But I must point this out:
        http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/planes-or-volcano/
        They cite sources for their figures, and they sound reasonable. If the EU emits the equivalent of 4 billion tonnes of CO2 every year, and the volcano only emits the equivalent of about 15000 tonnes a day, then “250 years of people = 1 day of volcano” really cannot be right. No doubt, the volcano is a huge environmental disaster, *locally* worse than anything we do… but across the whole of Europe, I’m not so sure.

  3. There are many factors which are dismissed with regards to sub ice volcanic eruptions, not least the rise in near surface temperatures which melt surrounding ice fields from below, releasing Co2 and other trapped gasses over huge areas.

    This is a factor which is also dismissed in the annual rounds of argument as to whether ice sheets are retreating or growing, and at what rate. There are many icesheets and glacial structures which sit above magma chambers, and although not all develop into volcanic breakthrough scenarios as we have seen this week, below earth near surface temperature changes (rises and falls) must have a huge impact on glacial recession and growth rather than above surface temperature changes as presented by the AGW religious zealots .

    Just watching pictures of cliffs of ice falling into the sea would indicate that the structure has been compromised at the bottom, not on the surface. Surface melt alone would require floods of biblical proportions to undermine such km thick structures.

    I am sure that someone far more enterprising that I can correlate historical records between vulcanologists on volcanic activities in these areas and shipping records which keep detailed records of ice floes/icebergs

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