“Now that we know the scale of the risks we have created and are creating, it would be selfish,
irresponsible and morally wrong not to act now to reduce our carbon emissions and do all we can to
protect the future.”
Laudable stuff, evidence surely that the Tory Party has really changed, really recognised that this issue matters and really will do something about it if they win the Election. Which they won’t by the way.
Cameron pushed his Party into being re branded as Think Green Vote Blue, and having a nice green tree as a logo. Not because they believe in the cause, but because they think it softens the toxic Nasty Party brand and taps into people’s concerns.
But when you try to espouse values that are alien to you, an own goal is always on the cards.
Cameron delivered the first Lee Dixon v Coventry 1992 moment when he had himself filmed cycling to work at the Commons in order to reduce his personal CO2 emissions.
Nice one Dave. But getting your chauffer to follow you with your gear rather defeats the object. Did you think no one would notice? Probably as you expect reporters to just say what you want them to say in the manner of an Eton Fag shining your shoes.
David Davis, until his stunning act of political Hari Kari last year was a prominent Tory Front Bencher and was set for the Home Office until his spectacular misjudgement which forced an un necessary by election, provoking the ire of Cameron who sent him to the back of the class in disgrace. Davis was a regular on TV and trusted by the Tory hierarchy to help them with their image problem.
I wrote to him last week to enquire if he was going to engage with the 10:10 lobby group survey of MPs regarding what they were going to do to reduce CO2 emissions.
“I will be entirely frank with you and tell you I am a sceptic on our ability to halt climate change by reducing CO2 emissions”. (Sic).
Apart from the appalling syntax and grammar, this is a pretty stunning admission by a Senior Tory and evidence that no matter how much they put on the pretence of being concerned, the reality is that they don’t give a damn about the environment.
Extrapolate this to their pronouncements about the NHS and Education and you get to the truth of the matter. Their values of bullying the weak to advantage their own will never change.
Bafflingly Davis ends his letter; “Accordingly the Conservative Party strongly supports this campaign.” He then refers me to a paper on the Tory website about their intentions regarding a low carbon economy, which would be impressive if you could believe a single word these people utter.