A billion buts

Further to my brief tribute yesterday to the late Norman Borlaug, my friend Peter Ryley makes an intelligent comment on developmental economics and the Green Revolution. Rather less discerning is Leo Hickman‘s piece today for The Groan, from which I extract the following 12 telling words:

“He may well have saved a billion people from imminent starvation, but…”

To be fair, Hickman goes on to explain that he is quoting, or at least paraphrasing, Borlaug’s critics. But what a massive but that is. B, b, b, b, b, but,… to 109. Goodness me!

Following Hickman’s article, “hunsrus” comments thus:

“Bit like blaming antibiotic resistence on Fleming.”

What more can one say?