Some of you may already be familiar with Mr. Klaus. A man I consider to be perhaps the last reasonable leader of a nation state. Vaclav has repeatedly stood against hidden agenda laws by the U.N and E.U. with respect to ‘crypto environmental’ regulations concerning CO2 outputs as well as draconian legislation of the EU much resembling old Soviet era rules governing freedom of thought and so on. Vaclav has a book available here through Vlad’s store called ‘Blue Planet Green shackles’ on how leftists with an agenda of hate towards developed nations wish to cripple our various economies using the language of green and very very bad science or more accurately, religion disguised as science. “And lo the world shall be destroyed by hell fire for the sins of corporate man” sort of nonsense.
Below is a story from the Telegraph in the UK showing how Vaclav was chastised by Sarkosi, French president and current head of the EU for refusing to fly the E.U. flag over significant Czech buildings. It may be worth using the search field here on Vlad or in google for reports on how Mr. Klaus has publicly used reason at the UN to speak against IPCC reports and recommendations. I can say with some authority that most developed nations know the facts behind ‘global warming ‘ and CO2 emissions but are hog tied by political correctness and irrational leftists in their own bureaucracies and have to pretend at least to go along with this nonsense. Often the costs of this pretence is in the billions of taxpayer dollars but this is a paltry sum compared to the utter financial ruin should Canada for example actually attempt to comply with Kyoto etc.
Here is a video of Mr. Klaus speaking to the UN on Global Warming and the bias in favor of the man made global warming position in lieu of the science.
Here Vaclav is being beaten up by a useful idiot at the BBC part one. You can see where the BBC is trying to steer him. Of course the ‘Do you have grandchildren’ argument works equally well from the other point of view. They can be warm from CO2, or they can be enslaved by leftist anti corporate and anti westerners who want to shut down all modern industry.
Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked a diplomatic row by attacking the ‘wounding and outrageous’ refusal of the Czech president to fly a European Union flag from Prague Castle.
The French president sided with federalist Euro-MPs who are engaged in a bitter feud with Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president and a Eurosceptic.
Senior MEPs, including the president of the European Parliament, Hans Gert Poettering, caused a diplomatic incident ten days ago after demanding that Mr Klaus hoist the European flag over his residence during bad tempered talks in Prague.
“It was a wound, it was an outrage to see that flags had been taken down from public buildings,” said President Sarkozy, the current holder of the EU’s six-month rotating presidency which he hands over to the Czech Republic in January.
“Mr Poettering can count on the full support of the French president.”
Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czech foreign minister, hit back as the diplomatic war of words between Paris and Prague threatened to overshadow the smooth transfer of the EU presidency.
“There is no law binding the Czech Republic to hang the EU flag over Prague Castle. Prague Castle is a symbol of the Czech state and not the EU,” he said.
“It is not up to the head of another state to criticise the Czech president over flags.”
A statement from the office of Mr Klaus said: “The Castle is a symbol of Czech statehood. There is no reason to change this historic tradition.”
The row exploded when a delegation of Euro-MPs sarcastically presented Mr Klaus with the 12-starred flag, during a visit on Dec 5, knowing that he had ruled out flying the flag over Prague Castle.
He was especially angered when Dany Cohn-Bendit, a former 1968 student radical and the Franco-German leader of Green Euro-MPs, told him: “I don’t care about your opinions”.
Mr Klaus replied: “This is incredible. I have never experienced anything like this before.”
Nigel Farage, the leader of UK Independence Party, compared the EU flag demand to the behaviour of Nazi or Soviet officials, both dictatorships that had occupied Prague and its Castle in the past.
“The manner in which Cohn-Bendit demanded that President Klaus fly the EU flag over his castle could easily have been done by a German official of over 70 years ago or a Soviet official of 20 years ago,” he said.
“No doubt they think that Buckingham Palace should fly the EU flag to show its dominium.”