2016, as any fule kno, marks the thousandth anniversary of the accession of King Cnut to the throne of England (and later, of Denmark and Norway).
In folk memory he was a silly Cnut, ordering the waves back and getting his feet wet. But wiser heads and Wiki users know that he only did it to show up the foolishness of flattering courtiers who assured him that as king he could do anything.
A thousand years later, the strange idea that our rulers can control sea level rise has again taken hold.
The Climate Scepticism Collective plans to hold a national event to commemorate Cnut’s bold defiance of the Baronial consensus in 2016 – something like the Paris Climate Conference, but without the private jets. There will be an award of a prize for Silly Cnut of the Year, open to all comers, including future monarchs. Suggestions for criteria for the award, rules of the competition and a suitable prize are welcome. Also suggestions for a possible venue (preferably somewhere with a drinks license, on the London Tube line).