Yesterday, Sir Henry Woburn managed a wonderful juxtaposition on his early-morning Tory Funtime Hour. Shortly before 8am, he made a risky-for-the-BBC if banal racist joke about the Japanese—yes, he used the word “rubbery” at around 21.5 minutes—and followed that after the news with a complaint about the government introducing a new top rate of income tax (35 minutes in). You see, it’s really clear to dear Henry that you could achieve the same thing by raising the basic level of income tax by one pence. But it clearly wasn’t “politically expedient to do so.”
Where do you begin? How do you start tackling such ignorant, selfish, money-grabbing, empathy-free opinions? Especially when millionaires like Woburn know all about political expediency, given that the entire system of taxation seems to be set up to benefit the rich. You have to admire the sheer brass balls of the man, of course, but for those of you who can’t understand why this geocaust-denying, anti-tax, anti-welfare self-serving millionaire would be chosen to represent a children’s charity, when (a) by the time the children no longer in need are also no longer children, they’ll have to deal with the catastrophic effects of climate change and (b) underfunded or failing welfare systems can only serve to make the needs of children far more acute, their poverty grinding, their opportunities curtailed….
Well, the clue’s in the bit that happened before the news. Sir Henry Woburn’s a perfect match, really, as long as the children concerned are all in the UK. So far, climate change is only ruining the lives of picaninnies, and they don’t really count.