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A bad bet - Josh 121

Flogging the same old horse? It's not going to run far, that's for certain.

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An up-side down hockey stick in one ear and a broken one in the other?

Oct 3, 2011 at 5:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

Koutsoyiannis making book. Come all ye punters.

Oct 3, 2011 at 5:21 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Don, I did that completely unknowingly!

Oct 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

Tout or Insurance Salesman? The latter was known as "septic knuckles" in my youth.

Oct 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterGreen Sand

Just a Freudian slip of the pen.

Oct 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

Flagellating a deceased quadruped is the favourite pastime of Mikey the mann.
Big oil etc etc.

Oct 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

I think Josh has struck the right note here. People like Turner have backed a particular nag, the hot climate alarmism one, and have put in much effort to persuade others to join them. The pesky climate system has failed to cooperate so far, and their bet looks increasingly to be a poor one. The trouble is that the loss is not just to Turner and his fellowed 'alarmed ones', but rather to society as a whole as it is weakened and harmed by policies, and attitudes towards the future, that have been pushed and even adopted as a result of his bet. A more prudent, and disinterested, preacher might instead encourage societies to strengthen their abilities to cope with climate variation, including, for example, not just warm excursions, but also the far more scary cold ones.

Oct 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Shade

Lord Turner's got the IPCC in his pocket!

Shouldn't that be the other way round?

Oct 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterDougS

I don't get it

Oct 3, 2011 at 8:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterfickoo

I'm not sure I understand how that horse illustrates uncertainty. On the contrary, you could make some extremely certain bets on that horse. Maybe, like fickoo, I just done get it.

Oct 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterpax

The horse is called 'Rum Deal' and has a blanket saying Low Carbon Economy. The idea came from Lord Turner repeating the daftness that the more uncertain things were the more we should do something, presumably betting the future of the UK on a lame energy policy.

Oct 3, 2011 at 11:08 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

Poor thing looks roughly half nag half mule half camel and half llama.

Camels are designed by committee but this poor beast could only be designed by quango.

Oct 3, 2011 at 11:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Lord Turner has a point because
things are worse now that they were before they were as bad as they are now and we need to prepare for er err errr

Oct 4, 2011 at 12:04 AM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia


the Nag looks a little like Eeyore, the little cloud of darkness in Pooh. Eeyore would be gloomy just about anything--but here he may be right. Oh bother!

Oct 4, 2011 at 12:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve E

Donkey, a Democrat Ass.

Sancho weeps, and walks.

Oct 4, 2011 at 1:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim


Ay yai yai, Cisco!

Oct 4, 2011 at 1:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve E

The Owl and the Pussycat paddle their boat, cuz the wind fell.

Oct 4, 2011 at 2:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Three Men in a Boat in the Gulf of Lepanto.

Oct 4, 2011 at 2:33 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

The old gray mare,
     she ain't what she used to be...

Oct 4, 2011 at 4:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Carr

Wasn't "Red" Adair Turner, as chairman of the CBI, one of the most vociferous proponents of our entry into the Euro? I think we should be told.

Oct 4, 2011 at 7:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterPFM

I'd much prefer a 'run deal' in the form of a spliced mainbrace, though I'm sure Lord Turners version will leave a greater hangover.

Oct 4, 2011 at 8:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

Frosty Red Rum was a famous racehorse.

Love the surreal comments!

Oct 4, 2011 at 8:33 AM | Registered CommenterJosh

We need a book with all your cartoons, Josh!!! Christmas is coming!!!!!

Anyway - nice one, Josh, but it seems there's a slight confusion as to what sort of an animal that nag is.

It ain't a horse - it ain't a donkey - it's a mule!

Never bet on a mule - they are, well, mulish!
Well done, Josh!

So it really won't run, teeheehee!

(I got a dozen exclamation marks into this post - a record, surely ...)

Oct 4, 2011 at 9:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

Also, as an aside, never bet on a lightweight racing snail with no shell as they tend to be sluggish.

Oct 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterThinkingScientist

Josh could copy Bosch to illustrate the mess we're in.

Does the Lord walk upon a whale that Dallas has hooked and Paul K is helping him land?

Oct 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

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