Al Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize.
Cranmer now feels positively sick. Rather like a peerage, this award is now devoid of prestige, completely discredited, and utterly without honour. The awarding of this prize to an unqualified charlatan is testimony to the extent that Mother Earth has become the only globally-unifying metanarrative for the postmodern age. Mr Gore said: 'We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.' Environmentalism is the new religion - not so much incarnate as infoliate - and to question or reject this 'green' faith is to risk the ages-old accusations of narrow-mided bigotry or spiritual apostasy.
Yet only this week, a British judge ruled that schoolchildren could not see Mr Gore’s film without accompanying notes which give a balancing view to some of his claims. The Times records the abundant errors, but it seems that matters of truth are of little consequence to the Nobel selection panel. According to them, Al Gore now ranks deservedly alongside some of the greats of history: Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mikhail Gorbochev, the Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, Lech Walesa, Mother Teresa, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, Henry Kissinger, Martin Luther King Jnr…
Cranmer hasn’t seen the secret list of this year’s hopefuls, but is inclined to think that any of the other 180 nominees would have been rather more worthy. Not least because Mr Gore will almost certainly now use this global accolade to upset Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama, and enter the 2008 race to be the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Cranmer will then feel the sickest he has felt in a very long while.