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Delingpole: To Survive, Britain’s Conservatives Must ‘Get Rid of the Green Crap’

May 29, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Robin Guenier

 

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Besides the Brexit Party, one of the big winners of the European Parliament elections — in Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK — were the Greens.

There’s a lesson buried in this story — but it’s not what you might think. And it’s definitely, definitely the opposite of the conclusion being drawn by the Conservative Party.

In the Conservative mindset, green issues are one of those politically neutral, morally and socially positive causes you can embrace without betraying your principles or alienating your base.

This delusion is widespread, as we can see from the number of Tory leadership candidates who have decided to campaign on a green-friendly platform. Rory Stewart, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hancock, even the hard-headed and supposedly right-wing Dominic Raab have all, with varying degrees of canting enthusiasm, mentioned environment and climate change among their urgent priorities.

And every time they do so, it simply confirms to me how unfit they are to rescue the  Conservative Party from the doldrums let alone lead Britain to a bright, post-Brexit future as prime minister.

How many times do I have to explain this? The Greens are not caring, nurturing saviours of the planet. They are Watermelons, green on the outside red on the inside. If they genuinely cared about nature they certainly wouldn’t push such environmentally damaging schemes as industrial wind turbines or biofuels. For the Greens, environmental issues are merely a convenient, fashionable, and cuddly mask to disguise their aggressively anti-capitalist, anti-growth, anti-human, redistributive, big-government-heavy agenda.

For a Conservative candidate to embrace even a fraction of the Greens’ agenda is about as ludicrous and suicidal as coming out for the nationalisation of industry or higher taxes or a clampdown on free speech.

Read the full article here.

 

As I’ve often commented, a lot of folk are enthusiastic about saving the planet until it starts to cost them money.

Politico have an interactive tool on their website, summarising the issues that most concern voters.

They are, in order:

  • Immigration
  • Terrorism
  • Economic Situation
  • EU Countries Finances
  • Unemployment

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https://www.politico.eu/interactive/european-elections-most-important-issues-facing-the-eu/

 

You can have a play with it,  but climate change only seems a concern in Scandinavia, for some reason.

In the UK, less than 10% even rate it in the top two issues:

 

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By contrast, immigration rates at over 30% in most states. (Ironically, the UK is near the bottom the list, despite Brexiteers regularly being dismissed as racists).

 

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This is a good example of our how politicians are trapped in their own bubble, totally out of touch with what real people think.

31 Comments
  1. May 29, 2019 6:34 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. Pancho Plail permalink
    May 29, 2019 7:23 pm

    Sadly, such opinions only get an outing on sites like this. Mainstream media ignore them.

    • May 29, 2019 11:09 pm

      Times commenters have all paid money to subscribe
      Invariably Times journalists act like Guardian journos as they push the Green Dream
      .. Then they get a kicking in the comments.

      • Pancho Plail permalink
        May 31, 2019 5:32 pm

        You mean people pay for that rubbish?

  3. Broadlands permalink
    May 29, 2019 8:18 pm

    There is nothing “green” about outmoded, unrepairable solar panels leaking toxic materials, nor about rusting wind turbines. Both take up arable land needed for agricultural food. Neither has any place to be stored as with junked used-cars. These are just part of the unintended consequences of those who want “thinkers” and label everyone else as a “denier”.

  4. Jackington permalink
    May 29, 2019 8:26 pm

    Boris although sound on the Brexit issue has written he wants the UK to be “world leaders” on climate issues post Brixit. Why? What’s so special about being world leaders? What good id that to us? what benefit does it bring to us? Virtue signalling!! That won;t save his party.as Dellers says.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      May 29, 2019 8:45 pm

      The Oaf Johnson, is unsound on Brexit. No country operates solely under WTO rules.

      • Mack permalink
        May 29, 2019 9:51 pm

        Johnson is unsound on Brexit because, after years of dithering as to whether he was an ‘outer’ or ‘inner’ and, having eventually nailed his mast to the Brexiteer cause, he, when push came to shove, then voted for May’s remain in all but name treaty. Having said that, he’s never advocated trading solely on WTO rules permanently, merely as a starter for 10 in preparation for negotiating individual international trade deals. To suggest otherwise is slightly disingenuous. His heart is probably in the right place when it comes to matters of sovereignty, independence and national ambition for the future, but who knows where and when his head will get turned next and by whom if personal ambition triumphs over the desire for a proper Brexit.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        May 30, 2019 8:42 am

        And neither would the UK. First off we would reduce most tariffs on imports to zero. So the things we care about are cheaper. Then we have deals with various countries that match or better existing trade deal – the Japanese for example are not rolling over the EU deal because they think it’s rubbish and could be much better with just the UK. Then we do a deal with the EUK.

        Not sure why you don’t understand all this?

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        May 30, 2019 8:52 am

        I should add that it’s a shame all countries don’t trade under WTO rules – no tariffs, no non-tariff barriers.

        The whole point of the WTO and its rules is to facilitate free trade. Trade agreements only exist because countries refuse to be entirely and properly free traders as WTO rules allow and encourage.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 30, 2019 2:01 pm

        The Oaf is also a serial liar and a plagiarist, and his career is marked by petty theft, thuggery and spectacular political incompetence. A total opportunist who believes in the EU but only jumped on the Leave campaign as he thought it would be a route to PM. Difficult not to support the court case against him although it was the odious Cummins who came up with the £350M lie, enthusiastically repeated by Johnson even after it was debunked, and during the referendum campaign the Oaf was no longer in public office which undermines the basis for the case.

      • Pancho Plail permalink
        May 31, 2019 5:38 pm

        It is interesting that people who accuse other people of thuggery do so in the language of the thug. They must be deeply unhappy people, unlike me who is pro WTO Brexit, anti green opportunism/marxism and just a little disappointed that people can’t think for themselves but rely on social media for their arguments.

      • Pancho Plail permalink
        May 31, 2019 5:46 pm

        I should also add that I lead a particularly green lifestyle because I genuinely consider the environment. I never travel by air (my last trip was by glider abnd it doesn’t get much more environmentally sound than that), I have a small car, I recycle not only packaging but almost everything I can (and yes, part of my garden resembles Steptoe’s yard). I grow my own vegetable, have installed my own solar power, I cook most things from scratch including bread, I make a substantial part of my own furniture and I can be irritatingly smug at times.

    • Rowland P permalink
      May 30, 2019 8:04 am

      He/they are akin to Colonel Nicholson in the film, Bridge Over the River Kwai; a man determined to show those nasty foreigners what the British can do regardless of the consequences!

  5. Athelstan. permalink
    May 29, 2019 9:09 pm

    Even, Mr. Farage steers clear of taking on the green blob monster, why?

    imo, it could be a massive vote winner, all it takes is one top level, popular political, an honest man and nay sayer and the dyke will burst. Evidently (see above) most Brits don’t give a fig, are not interested,

    Indeed like with the EU, for thirty years the wool has been pulled over the UK publics eyes, they would blow a gasket if…………..if they really understood how the green agenda blights, costs and threatens their futures……………this has gone way beyond stupid, this is an existential war and Britain is in the sights and drop zone of the green maniacs.

    yet only Donald J. Trump had the bottle, the sheer guts and forthrightness to tell the truth, that – the man made warming supposition is a fiction, hogwash and…………… total bollox.

    Again, why?

    • bobn permalink
      May 29, 2019 11:23 pm

      I think Politicos steer clear of challenging the green ‘consensus’ due to fear of the media. With so many powerful media voices conspiring, the battle to get a message out without it being distorted and faked by media is formidable as we all know. None of the UK broadcasters permit a debate let along a presentation of Climate realism by a non-alarmist. The brexit battle is tough enough without another war on the green front against the combined forces of the fake media.A smart general only fights on one front at a time.

  6. I_am_not_a_robot permalink
    May 29, 2019 9:51 pm

    “… a lot of folk are enthusiastic about saving the planet until it starts to cost them money …” or even get them out of bed.
    The average overall EU turnout was 51%, the highest 84% in Belgium as I guess one would expect and the lowest in Slovakia 23%, UK turnout was 38%.

    • May 30, 2019 3:04 pm

      I think you would get a good correlation between % of people whose chief worry is climate change and per capita GDP (with a few outliers).

      The less people have to worry about, the more they worry about CO2.

  7. Dave Ward permalink
    May 29, 2019 9:58 pm

    Considering how the Greens have such influence there, I find it quite surprising that Germany is only slightly more concerned about climate change than us.

  8. jack broughton permalink
    May 29, 2019 10:30 pm

    Fortunately for us all, the “man in the street” has a lot more common sense than the “policy makers”. Despite being assaulted daily with dishonest climate-gloom they can see that the world is improving and floods are not happening etc.

    The immigration issue also reflects the good sense that the lowest paid workers’ wages are being kept low by importing cheap labour. A Danish consortium including Baumeister and Wain and a Danish Government organisation is presently doing just this in the UK, although it is illegal in Denmark!

  9. May 29, 2019 11:18 pm

    Greens Kill Jobs

    Greenz Meanz Taxez

    The whole GreenBlob, whether subsidy fueled or brainwashed political and media system, hijacked NGOs etc.
    are in effect PutinsLittleHelpers
    ..as they help close tax paying industries like oil, British Steel and celebrate subsidy sucking industry like Drax, windfarms, solar etc.
    whilst putting up energy prices for everything that survives
    Yet they ban low CO industries like nuclear/incinerators/fracking etc.

  10. May 29, 2019 11:19 pm

    The media & PR biz love the Green BS
    BBC love Green-Gove they gave him a special R4 prog at 8:45pm
    ..and Nick Robinson was very chummy instead of combative.

  11. May 30, 2019 2:13 am

    How do you get this message out in main media that green is a fraud?
    If I say anything I am accused of being a denier.I have a crop science degree and know the importance of C02 to plant life Plants breath C02. If there is no C02 THERE IS NO PLANTS AND NO FOOD

  12. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 30, 2019 8:48 am

    The problem is that we are all “Green” – who doesn’t want cleaner water and air, no plastics in the ocean, lots of tigers and elephants and all the rest? Same with the rest of the Left’s claims – who doesn’t want the poor to be richer and old people to be cared for and everyone to have a great health service?

    But the trick that has been played for years now is to present anyone who disagrees with the policies put forward in these areas by the Left is portrayed as not caring about them. Much of the media – and especially the BBC – has bought into that, and so unless you parrot the dogma, you are damned.

  13. Barbara Elsmore permalink
    May 30, 2019 10:33 am

    Have you seen this? You may not wish to add it to your website but if you haven’t seen it you may well enjoy reading it.

    I have had email exchanges with my local councillor (lib dem) on allowing Extinction Rebellion to get the upper hand at their first council meeting in the newly reorganised Dorset Council and he was all for it saying that they leafleted us all on their plans and the environment is top of their agenda. So it’s goodbye to essential rural buses in Dorset and hello to a new fleet of electric refuse collecting vehicles! I told him I did not vote for him because I do not see this as their number one priority.

    https://pissedofftoff.com/big-issues/man-made-climate-change-the-biggest-delusion-of-all/

    Kind regards Barbara Elsmore

    On Wed, 29 May 2019 at 6:31 pm, NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT wrote:

    > Paul Homewood posted: “By Paul Homewood h/t Robin Guenier Besides the > Brexit Party, one of the big winners of the European Parliament elections — > in Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, > Denmark and the UK — were the Greens. T” >

    • May 30, 2019 4:24 pm

      Local councils should be obliged by law to deal only with local issues, yes that should include the local environment, but only the parts that can be influenced by local actions. That line of attack should in principle be able to resolve the problem, without going down the denier rabbit hole.

    • Bertie permalink
      May 31, 2019 7:04 am

      I hope that you dont live too near that wonderful valley that they intend to despoil with a worthless solar farm.

  14. Mick J permalink
    May 30, 2019 12:29 pm

    Looking at the percentages of concern by country it looks like with the exception some of the post soviet states the most concerned are largely those in the higher latitudes. While the warmer countries do not seem overly concerned. Obviously prefer the cold and high fuel bills. 🙂

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      May 30, 2019 2:34 pm

      Primary energy sources:
      …………………………..Oil……..Gas……..Coal……..Nuclear……..Hydro……..Renewables
      Norway…………..21.26%……..8.20%…1.63%……0.00% ……..67.43%……..1.49%
      Sweden………….28.61%…….1.25%….3.53%……27.30%…….26.91%……..12.41%

      Greenstanding is easier if you have nuclear and hydro.

  15. Vernon E permalink
    May 30, 2019 12:29 pm

    For those who, like me, entertain the forlorn hope that a Donald Trump or “green crap” moment might occur in the governance of Britain our only weapon is to keep writing to our MPs – over and over again. Eventually some of them will have to listen. Emphasize the Australian election experience. But sure as God made little green apples just grumbling among ourselves is not going to achieve a damn thing.

  16. It doesn't add up... permalink
    May 30, 2019 2:37 pm

    Stripped of their longtime combined parliamentary majority, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the centre-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D) would no longer able to decide on the next Commission head alone in the new EU assembly.

    They are looking for support from the liberal ALDE and the Greens, since the four groups together would command enough seats to approve or reject any nomination by the 28 heads.

    Unanimity is not required though it is hard to see a candidate succeeding against the will of more than just a handful of leaders, as that would risk damaging their future cooperation and stalling the EU’s decision-making.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, also mooted as a possible contender in the obscure recruitment process, said Tuesday’s meeting was about “content rather than people”, with focus on policy priorities, including climate change and migration.

    Merkel and Macron are due to hold more talks in the German town of Aachen on Thursday but one country already bound to see its EU representation diminished is Italy.

    So Climate Change is pushed up the agenda as a horse trade for deciding the EU Presidencies given the PR election results: anything to avoid having to take account of any “populists”. Note also the Treaty of Aachen taking effect as the Franco-German stitch up gets orchestrated.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-election-summit/eu-leaders-agree-to-pick-new-mr-or-ms-europe-next-month-idUKKCN1SY144

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