The Prince of Wales – who also happens to be our future monarch, unfortunately – has embarked on an eco-tour of Britain
. He is urging us not to throw away any of the £4,000 bespoke Huntsman suits we might have mouldering in the back of our wardrobes, demonstrating how easy it is to fashion a handy Gladstone bag from one’s old hunting boots or an egg whisk from one’s unwanted tiaras, and reminding us that unless we convert our Aston Martins to biofuels by the end of next week (just like he has done) then the polar ice caps will most assuredly melt and we’ll all die.
Needless to say, he has found the perfect means of transport by which to convey this important message: a huge train powered by possibly the most ecologically disastrous fuel source yet devised by mankind. Biofuel.
A reader – Alan Wesson – has written into BBC Radio 4’s Today programme lambasting them for their characteristically toadyish reporting of this lunacy. Since the BBC won’t do anything about it, let me reprint the letter here:
I have just listened with mounting incredulity to your report that Prince Charles is touring the country in a biofuel-powered train ‘to promote cycling and a sustainable lifestyle’.
Is he stark raving mad? There are so many issues around biofuel that it would take all day to list them, but here are a few blindingly obvious questions to ask him:
What were the combine harvesters that gathered the biofuel running on? I know it is used but it didn’t drip down from heaven to begin with!
How was it delivered to the recyclers, and thence to the station?
What else could the land it was grown on have been used for?
Is there enough used vegetable oil around for us all to power our trains on? Or perhaps just our modest little cars (not Aston Martins like his)
How much does his train weigh?
The pictures I have seen in the media today show eight carriages including the power car.
They weigh between 36 and 51 tons each.
Being generous and taking an average of 40 tons, that makes a total of 320 tons, or about the same as 320 family cars.
To carry 9 people.
If he thinks he is exemplifying a ’sustainable’ lifestyle, this guy needs putting somewhere where he can’t do any harm to himself or any (more) harm to the rest of us.