Monday, 20 March 2000
Britain's winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain's culture, as warmer winters - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.
....Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community.
Michael Jeacock, a Cambridgeshire ocal historian, added that a generation was growing up "without experiencing one of the greatest joys and privileges of living in this part of the world - open-air skating".
Professor Jarich Oosten, an anthropologist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, says that even if we no longer see snow, it will remain culturally important.
"We don't really have wolves in Europe any more, but they are still an important part of our culture and everyone knows what they look like," he said.
David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in , says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes - or eventually "feel" virtual cold.
The chances are certainly now stacked against the sortof heavy snowfall in cities that inspired Impressionist painters, such as Sisley, and the 19th century poet laureate Robert Bridges, who wrote in "London Snow" of it, "stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying".
Not any more, it seems.
Well, snow hasn't disappeared from the north. And the last two winters have been bitterly cold and snowy over Europe and North America, with odds on favor that the next several winters will bring more of the same.
Why do people continue to fall for the snake-oil of the modern equivalent of witchdoctors?
"The experts" are now tribal elders, it seems. Only they have a consistent track record of ruinous advice.
These same experts tell us, without any evidence or foundation what-so-ever, that the races and genders are equal. Societies have been forced, through government coercion and threat, to heed their decrees and as a result society is overrun with crime, poverty, disease, corruption and the like.
"The experts" have been telling us how to eat and live healthy for the past 50 or 60 years with the result that the majority of people are now, officially, un-healthy.
"The experts" have, for a generation, told us how to manage our families and raise our kids with the result of broken homes, 50+% divorce rates and children & parents on a variety of "anti-depressants and mood altering pharmaceutical drugs.
"The experts" told us the races were equal and 50 years (and a plethora of society-shaking, destructive social engineering) later that darn achievement gap still remains steadfastly in place, with the added result of whole cities overrun with crime and despair and the loss of the Freedom of Association.
"The Experts" have been warning us of "global warming" for the past 30 years (after they gave up global freezing) and their every prophesy has failed miserably.
Still, people continue to heed them and appeal to authority.
And this reality may be the final nail in the coffin of democracy.