UK population must fall to 30m, says Porritt - Times Online: wherein it is argued that the UK must reduce its population by more than half to reduce global warming.
Let's leave aside the question of climate change for just one moment. If we're proposing mandatory population controls, who is going to be in charge, and who must be made to obey? It's no great secret that the fastest growth rate in Britain comes from immigrant families, most of whom are Muslim. Is the British government really going to lecture Muslim families on birth control? How fast can you say fatwa?
This is soooo reminiscent of the "ZOMG-we're-going-to-run-out-of-food-cuz-Malthus-predicted-it" crowd of the 1970s, or even the same period's "the-planet-is-headed-for-a-new-Ice-Age" people. Again: I'm not saying that there's never cause to panic; I just get suspicious when it's the government or the New York Times that says so.