New Climate Zealotry Party Shows Little Promise

Do you believe the world is set to combust in the next 20 years? Do you believe Greta Thunberg is the new messiah? Do you believe the Green Party is essentially made up of secret pro-climate change Tories in disguise? Well does Guido have some good news for you…

Over the weekend The Guardian gave digital column inches to Ed Gemmell, the man behind a new eco party pitching itself as the parliamentary wing of Extinction Rebellion. After having already covered the launch of this new ‘Climate Party’ a week ago – admittedly something that seemingly flew under almost everyone’s radar – Ed spells out his platform:

“The Climate party is about thriving, not just about surviving. Our aim is clear: the Conservative party should adopt a programme to decarbonise Britain by 2030; or, at the next general election, we will strive to replace a sufficient number of Conservative MPs in parliament in order to influence that agenda ourselves.”

Unfortunately for our ecosystem, the track record of Ed Gemmell suggests the party will neither thrive, nor survive. The CPS’ Robert Colvile has done some excellent digging and discovered Gemmell launched a fundraiser in 2019 to “PREVENT THE CLIMATE CRISIS”. Said fundraiser made £0 out of £770 from 0 supporters. Precisely what £770 was supposed to do in the fight against climate change remains a mystery.

He also raised £71 for ‘No Disposable Cup Day’…

Ed’s no newcomer to politics. Elected as a councillor in Buckinghamshire, he stood as an independent against Steve Baker – under his full name of Edmund – in 2019, accruing a whopping 191 votes, which compared to his previous fundraising attempt looks like a stunning result. He also claimed during one hustings that the last extinction level event occurred 66 years ago, rather than 66 million years ago…

Despite Ed’s radical and counterproductive policies like Net Zero by 2030 and “limit population growth”, his social media suggests his day-to-day activism is limited to celebrating the lack of disposable coffee cups at a hockey club, and asking McDonald’s to put his order in his own Tupperware – which given all of Maccies’ packaging is recyclable, seems unlikely to stop a climate catastrophe.

To avoid any perceptions of hypocrisy, Gemmell tried selling his gas-guzzling Vauxhall Opel Speedster three days before launching his eco party, on the pretence that “All my climate work is unpaid currently. I need to sell this asset to be able to continue full time.”

Presumably his desperation to flog it has nothing to do with the fact he’s spent 20 years driving a car that only gets 33mpg…

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Team Rishi Claims he “Misspoke” Over Perceived Onshore Wind U-Turn

Rishi’s team has said he “misspoke” during the hustings last night when it appeared he’d u-turned on his opposition to new onshore wind. At the Wales’ husting, Sunak was asked “will you be bold enough to scrap the embargo on onshore wind in England?”, replying “So, yes, in a nutshell.” This appeared totally contradictory to one of his previous policy announcements:

“Wind energy will be an important part of our strategy, but I want to reassure communities that as prime minister I would scrap plans to relax the ban on onshore wind in England, instead focusing on building more turbines offshore,”

Team Liz immediately leapt on his words as sign of yet another u-turn from Rishi, alleging it was his eleventh campaign u-turn.

This morning Team Rishi, asked to justify his words, bluntly replied “he misspoke”. Much like Britain under Rishi’s actual wind energy policy, he’s losing fans rapidly…

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LibDems’ Liz Helicopter Spin Doesn’t Fly

The LibDems are apparently still around and willing to provide anti-Tory quotes in stories that have nothing to do with them. Today they’ve turned against Liz Truss’s decision to charter a helicopter to help her get around the country during the leadership election, an obviously sensible idea given the number of constituency associations the candidates have to visit and hustings in dispersed regions. Rishi’s been known to use them, so why should Liz be confined to the rail network…

i News were the ones to reveal Liz’s chartering this afternoon, juxtaposing the decision against her backing of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The LibDems were only too happy to butt in, providing a quote for the copy that it “makes a complete mockery of her promises on Net Zero. It’s clear that she is not serious on climate change.” This quote came from Vera Hobhouse rather than Sir Ed Davey himself, who surely wouldn’t mind the coverage…

Guido’s sure Sir Ed’s decision not to provide the comment has little to do with the fact that, in 2013 as Energy Secretary, he hitched a ride in the helicopter of EDF boss Henri Proglio, after handing him a nuclear deal at double the going rate for electricity. The decision raised objections from Friends of the Earth at the time, who said it “confirms how close the Big Six energy firms are to our decision-makers.”  A source close to Liz Truss calls the political attack “the usual sanctimonious hypocrisy from the LibDems”. Sir Ed may need to refuel his own spin machine…

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Green MP Supports Votes for 2 Year-olds

The progressive agenda has found its latest institutional injustice to call-out: infant enfranchisement. German Green MP Emilia Fester this weekend called for the franchise to be extended universally, with no age limit. Not content with coalition pledges to lower the voting age to 16 within the 20th Bundestag, or her own party’s to take it to 14, the representative expressed her support for votes to be given to “everyone who wants to”. Because children want nothing more than to express their democratic will…

The child rights activist, herself Germany’s youngest Bundestag member, has not been immune from bad behaviour. She spoke passionately about coronavirus restrictions whilst maintaining she had not been abroad during the pandemic… only to have her Instagram holiday snaps exposed. Really showing her age…

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Sadiq’s ULEZ Expansion Flops, Stalls NO2 Fall

Today, Transport for London released the first data on the effects of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion across London. For co-conspirators living outside the M25, that’s the £12.50 charge Londoners are now whacked with if their vehicle breaches low emission rules. As expected, Sadiq is claiming victory, insisting “the ULEZ is working” because  “Nitrogen dioxide pollution has fallen by 44% in central London & 20% in outer London.” Just one small problem: Nitrogen Dioxide levels were falling faster before the expansion…

Between January-March 2021 – seven months before Khan expanded the ULEZ to the inner boundaries of the North and South Circular roads – Nitrogen Dioxide pollution was 56% lower in Central London than it would have been had the initial low emission area not been introduced. In the suburbs, that figure was 21%. Now, as Sadiq boasts, it’s at 44% and 20% respectively. So the ULEZ is now less effective… despite being 18 times larger. Expanding it hasn’t shifted the dial in the right direction. Don’t forget, the boundaries are supposed to expand again next year…

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Extinction Rebellion Attack News UK Over Heatwave Coverage

Extinction Rebellion is back once again to smash a few windows and waste everybody’s time. Today it’s News UK’s turn to put up with them, with two eco-loons dispatched to the baby Shard this morning, hammers and chisels in hand, to go about their vital work saving the planet by spraying graffiti on the pavement. Furious about the heatwave, the loons have now finally taken up arms against The Sun itself…

According to their own press release – which describes smashing windows as “carefully cracking” them – they’ve attacked News UK in response to “the media’s coverage of the current heatwave”. Apparently the press, particularly The Sun, just hasn’t sufficiently warned the public about the weather. Without doom-laden headlines to remind us, how would we even know it’s hot outside? Would we even remember to drink water if the Guardian didn’t tell us?

Guido’s had a look through the last few front pages from both the Sun and the Times. Here’s what they looked like:

In the last four days, the Times has warned of heatwave “chaos“, issued a “red alert“, said the NHS may struggle under pressure, and claimed rail tracks are melting. The Sun, meanwhile, has quite literally splashed with “BRITAIN IS MELTING“. In Extinction Rebellion’s defence, it is possible they simply can’t read.

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