When will our leaders wake up - maybe if the Thames freezes over.
To regard them as our leaders assumes there's a common cause we all share but they have the clearer view and authority to enact it. I think they typically regard themselves as our managers, or rather under-managers eager to be of service and nullify nuisance dissent from the lower orders but answering to a higher authority. Anarchists might see them as settled brigands - they farm us - and in the case of the UK government, they can't hack being independent farmers, too much responsibility, they prefer to be farm managers for a combine - licensed brigands.
So forgetting ordinary ideas of leadership and them acting for our collective good, this Global Warming stuff is a rather fine wheeze; more taxes, more power, and all in the most altruistic of ends, to save the world. Not something to be let go of lightly. If the Thames froze over, it would merely be weather, and if it kept freezing over, it would demonstrate the need for energy security which kept all the government apparatus constructed to deal with Global Warming with changed names and was what they had been getting at all along, but were afraid to tell us.
That's a very illuminating perspective, Comet, and nicely put too. I like it a lot. In fact, I think your brigand/farm-manager
analogy has great potential in meme-space. It ought to be promulgated.
Get it into the mind of the ordinary punter that he's being bred, herded, milked and maybe eaten like some dumb animal and he might finally get the message that casting a vote for the liblabconartists is not exactly in his own best interests.
I was a little hasty. The 'brigand' aspect is important too; hence the edit. It pinpoints the parasites' position in the moral