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Politics: Not surprised over RAF investigation of UFO report

Contributed by editor on Feb 25, 2010 - 08:55 AM

Howards Way [3]

Howard's Way.... a weekly column from the Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC. MP.

25 February 2010

Last week was Parliamentary half-term and I was away. But not far enough to escape the stories about the UFO’s which were supposed to have appeared over my house more than 10 years ago.

I never saw them though the newspaper reports at the time made it clear that others thought they had. Now I learn, to my astonishment, that the RAF investigated the reports but found no evidence of these alien intruders.

That certainly does not surprise me. I am a UFO sceptic.

Not because I think I know everything about the natural world. I am quite prepared to accept that I don’t. Long before former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a very different context, put forward his doctrine of “unknown unknowns” I was very conscious of the limits of my knowledge.

Moreover the possibility that there are other worlds in the universe on which life, in one form or another may exist, seems a very reasonable one to me. And if it does exist, it seems equally reasonable that these creatures, whoever they are, should make some effort to reach other worlds, as human beings from our own planet have done. Nor is there anything inherently unreasonable in the thought that they might be much better at it than we have been and could succeed in their efforts to reach us.

All this seems perfectly plausible to me. What I don’t understand is why, if they have indeed succeeded in this extraordinary effort, they wouldn’t want to make themselves known to us. There have, after all, been many alleged sightings of UFO’s in different parts of the world. Why should they be so shy as to want to keep themselves unknown?

That’s the question I find very difficult to answer and until someone can provide a convincing answer – or some incontrovertible evidence that these visitors really do exist and have come among us – I shall remain a sceptic and take stories that they came to get me with the largest available pinch of salt.

Now, on a happier note, for another arrival. My daughter, Larissa, has just given birth to a baby boy. And though he’s very small, just 4lb 15ozs, mother and baby are both doing well. Sandra and I are thrilled and I can see that any thoughts I had of an idle retirement will go out of the window and never return!

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