On 9th January, 2004 the BBC reported that Sir David King, the Chief Scientific Adviser to Her Majesty’s Government, expressed some undiplomatic thoughts on our cousins.
Context: The UK, ever keen to play Athens to the US’s Sparta, had been doing detailed and useful scientific work on climate change for a Long Time. It was a conservative PM, Margaret Thatcher, who’d opened the Hadley Centre in 1990. By January 2004 we’d all see Dubya in “action” for 3 years. Sir David King, for one, had had enough. In a BBC report he is quoted as having told the journal Science –
“As the world’s only remaining superpower, the United States is accustomed to leading internationally co-ordinated action…. But at present the US Government is failing to take up the challenge of global warming.