Vote Blue, Go Green?

Not quite . . .

The Independent, on its front cover, highlights a new report by leading scientists suggesting that the world is now firmly on course for the worst-case scenario for climate change, with average global temperatures rising by up to 6º by the end of the century.

Meanwhile, the Left Foot Forward blog points out that the Tory MEP Roger Helmer is hosting a conference for climate change sceptics and deniers in Brussels.

Great timing, eh?

Tory apologists might argue that Helmer is a maverick MEP and unrepresentative of Cameron's parliamentary Conservative party. Perhaps. But here is ConservativeHome's Tim Montgomerie, speaking at a Fabian fringe meeting in Brighton:

I don't think the parliamentary party or the grass roots are convinced about climate change . . . As someone who is very sceptical about what we can do about climate change, I think keeping the lights on will prevail", he said. ConservativeHome members survey found that 86 per cent of readers agreed with the statement that "Within the next few years the average voter will be much more worried about the cost and availability of energy than they'll be worried about climate change.

The cover story in the latest issue of the New Statesman names the "green heroes and villains" -- including a villainous senior cabinet minister (but, happily for the Tory trolls, no members of the shadow cabinet). You can have your say here.


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Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.