“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully,” wrote Dr Johnson – and, boy, have the Conservatives begun to focus.
Good piece of writing about how the conservative UK Tories are ditching their green aspirations, having reached the limits of their ‘eco-flirtation’. (For those of you who don’t know, they even changed their logo from the tightly-gripped torch to the breezy leafy tree under their new, modernising leader, David Cameron.) This amidst all the talk of a general election being scheduled by the relatively new, not-so-green prime minister, very soon. The Tories will be appealing to their base at their party conference this week, apparently, and possibly going negative on Brown.
So the election forecast is probably –
a period of increasing high pressure with more brown to come;
deepening blues in strategically-placed, lingering pockets;
– all of which prevents many green shoots from taking hold.
But what of the yellows? The Guardian’s Environment Leader carries on –
Among the major parties, it is the Liberal Democrats who talk most convincingly about green taxes. Further from power, the party does not suffer the same scrutiny as the others. But they deserve credit for thinking hard about how to tax more greenly without hitting the poorest. Green taxes are not the only way to tackle climate change, but they are a key instrument. Avoiding their use for fear of unpopularity, instead of attempting to lead opinion on the issue, is political cowardice. And cowardice does not always win elections. To return to Dr Johnson: “Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.”