Green Party Applauds French Railways Despite Calling HS2 “An Act of Ecocide”

It looks like the Green Party has had a change of heart. Having spent years campaigning against the expansion of national railways, including calling HS2 “an act of ecocide” and “a nightmare project“, Guido was surprised to see the Greens voice their support for the French government’s decision to ban short flights in favour of train rides, tweeting:

“Heavy investment in national rail networks is what made this possible. This is the climate leadership we need to see!”

Having previously opposed said national rail networks on the grounds that they “bulldoze huge areas of natural woodland and cut wildlife habitats“, Guido would love to know when the party plans to announce that it’s reversed its previous position on HS2. Don’t hold your breath.

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Greta Says She’s Not Coming & Glasgow’s COP26 Should Be Cancelled

The government is determined to plough ahead with hosting the UN climate conference due to be held in Glasgow this November, despite the fears that the global pandemic will still be raging. The government is hoping for 30,000 attendees from around the world at the conference. You might ask what is it that could not be hosted virtually and save all those jet-setters’ carbon emissions?

Greta Thunberg has told the BBC she does not plan to attend, believes the summit should be postponed, and the UK government – which is hosting the summit – should wait until global vaccination rates have risen. Greta has attended previous COP summits so this will be a blow to world leaders’ photo opportunities. As it stands the government will have to make a final decision on whether or not the event is going ahead in mass-delegate-form soon. Guido suspects they will be trying to ascertain likely attendance rates from world leaders before deciding to go virtual.

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DPP Needs to Up Legal Force Against Eco-Terrorists’ Finances

Extinction Rebellion is deliberately structured to make it difficult to deal with them as an organisation. Extinction Rebellion describe themselves as a “do-it-together movement“; in reality this means they simply operate along the lines of the classic twentieth-century cell structure long used by terrorist groups. This makes it hard to punish the organisation for digging up Trinity College Cambridge’s ancient quad, digging up the turf outside the Home Office, spray painting the Bank of England or countless other acts of vandalism like today’s attack on the HQ of Barclays Bank. The individuals responsible suffer little in consequence and the organisation goes entirely unscathed.

Extinction Rebellion says more than 3,400 of its people have been arrested, with about 1,700 charged, mostly for minor public order offences such as obstructing the highway. About 900 people have pleaded guilty and another 800 have either been tried or were still awaiting their day in court. The activists who cause massive damage to property or losses by their actions receive minimal punishment. Small fines and suspended sentences being the rule in most cases. The organisation’s campaign of criminal damage goes unchecked as a result.

The doctrine of common purpose, common design, joint enterprise, or joint criminal enterprise is a common law legal doctrine that imputes criminal liability to all the participants in a criminal enterprise for all that results from that enterprise. Surely it is not beyond the wit of the Director of Public Prosecutions to construct cases against the self-confessed “do-it-together movement” that they are a joint enterprise with the individual perpetrators of criminal damage and disruption. The current DPP Max Hill QC was previously the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, responsible for an investigative review of the use of terrorism legislation following the Westminster Bridge attacks. If anyone can, Hill should be able to figure out how to go after the funding and funders of XR’s eco-terror campaign. 

Extinction Rebellion has millions in various associated bank accounts, not least hundreds of thousands in a legal defence fund. Those funds should be sequestered and paid out in compensation to those who have suffered losses as a result of the pointless disruption. Jailing hundreds of protestors would be counter-productive, defunding the organisation will be cost-effective. Follow the money…

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Sadiq Khan Has Children Sing His Praises Over Climate Plans

Not to be outdone by Laurence Fox’s trailblazing battle bus tour, Sadiq Khan has kicked his mayoral reelection campaign into overdrive by having young Londoners (also known as children) tell us all just how great Sadiq is, and how his climate policies have effectively saved their lives. “Keep up the good work, our future lives depend on it”, writes one particularly concerned ten year old.

Sadiq’s supposed efforts to tackle air pollution have formed a central plank of his campaign, as his new young recruits appear only too keen to tell us. Of course, reducing pollution is certainly made easier during a global pandemic when everyone’s stuck at home – shame about the “plant 2 million trees pledge“…

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Evidence Shows 90% of Public Overestimating Extreme Weather Threat

Exclusive data revealed to Guido by the Global Warming Policy Forum shows that over 90% of the British public overestimate the extent of the threat posed by ‘extreme weather’, and that the number of people dying from weather events such as forest fires has actually fallen by 95% since the 1920s. Amidst all the gloomy headlines from mainstream outlets, the research provides a refreshingly sunny outlook…

The paper also dismantled the myth that climate change is a higher priority for young people, with younger Brits actually less likely to say they were ‘very concerned’ about the issue than older generations. Overall, however, the research showed that the level of misinformation over climate change was warping Britons’ perceptions of the immediate danger – and crucially, that most were unaware of the technological advances made to help those in developing countries, with only two-fifths of the public aware that overall food production had substantially increased since 2005. It looks like the media’s alarmism is clouding their judgement…

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Greta Statue Contributes to Acid Rain

The University of Winchester has unveiled a new bronze statue of Greta Thunberg. Titled “Make a Difference”, it is believed to be the “first life-size sculpture” of the activist, and its £24,000 erection follows the woke university declaring “a climate and ecological emergency in 2019″. Guido is reevaluating his opposition to statues being toppled…

Ironically, the 96th ranked university chose to make the statue out of bronze, the smelting process of which is seriously environmentally harmful, producing wastewater, slag, and releasing toxic metals from copper, silver, and iron to cobalt and selenium into the atmosphere. Smelters also release gaseous sulphur dioxide, contributing to acid rain, which acidifies soil and water. Bronze Greta’s stealing her own future…

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