"We have seen floods and extreme winds with fierce seas and trees uprooted. the climate is changing. temperatures are falling. Daily sunshine is at a low."
He went on to say he had received a raven from the continental United States.
" Ice has formed across half of that faraway land. Ships are stranded in the ice sea. Rivers have frozen. We can not ignore what is before our eyes .. a winter is coming. The Long Night will last a generation. Thousands will starve as the crops and fields are buried under dozens of feet of snow.
I don't want to sound alarmist but .. In the darkness and cold of the Long Night, Kings will freeze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts; and women will smother their babies rather than see them starve, and weep, and feel the tears freeze on their cheeks..."
The shocked council had questions. Hand of the Prime Minister, Nick Clegg asked if all was already lost. Lord Davey of House Limp replied much time had been wasted with petty squabbles at the seat of power in the south. But that the real battle was to be found in the north. he proposed a new Super-eco-green tax of 'the old gods of the forest', to be levied on every merchant and money-lender. Every Kingdom. Every trader. Every port. Every castle. Every market and every tavern. A 75% levy!
"We must build The Wall. A colossal fortification built in the north. A wall of ice centered on Castle Black." when asked how much such a thing would cost he said " It would cost £600 billion. A small price to pay for your lives? " Who would man this outpost? "It would be manned by an elite guard of ecology students, University of East Anglia computer programmers and Greenpeace protesters under the patronage of lady Caroline Lucas of House Green."
The council discussed at length and offered to add £8bn to the peasants energy bills and also to add to the Night Watch with some people from Benefits Street.
"It is not enough!" shouted Lord Wet
And as he stormed from the throne room..
"In that darkness the White Walkers will come.. They will sweep through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds..."
You have been warned.