Monday, 12 March 2007

Come fly with me

Only three months before the Belgians will know who will reign their country, it seems that there is another candidate in the running who wants to become the new Belgian prime minister. In the Anglo-Saxon world he's known under the name Al Gore.

You don't need to interpret this too literally: Al Gore won't move from his cosy villa in Tennessee to the gloomy countryside of Belgium. But our current political elite is going nuts since the launch of An inconvenient truth, the disaster film which predicts the end of humanity when we - the bad Western people - don't stop adding carbon dioxide and other filth in the air. Even the Flemish Liberal Party - what's in a name... - toys with the idea to introduce 'environmental friendly taxes' (read: filling-the-gap-in-the-budget-friendly taxes)

But the Belgian government seems to operate following the device "listen to my words, but don't take notice of my deeds". This device was again the embarrassment of last weekend, as André Flahaut - the Belgian minister of Defense - went to Hasselt to view together with some other ministerial excellences Al Gore's movie. The question is: how did he get there? Before the movie got started, Mr Flahaut found himself in Brussels. There he ordered the army forces to send a helicopter to pick him up in Brussels.

As a result, an helicopter needed to ascend empty at the airport of Bierset, near the city of Liège. Then it had to fly to Brussels, where Mr Flahaut was waiting in order to get in it. And then the helicopter flew - together with the minister - to Hasselt, a city no more than 70 kilometers in the East of Brussels. As a result, the helicopter produced at least 12 times as much carbon dioxide compared when Mr Flahaut would go to Hasselt by car. From that point of view, our Belgian politicians also look much like Al Gore, whose flights to almost capital cities in the world can't be so environmental friendly. Secondly, the costs of this 'pretty flight' are estimated on an amount of €2,500. But as Mr Flahaut is a socialist, this cost must be defenitely an investment for the sake of 'the little, poor man', isn't it?

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