On the Brink
The pure terror at the prospect of an SNP-Green coalition at Holyrood is palpable. The hysteria is predictable from the pages of the Telegraph where they shudder that “Scottish business quakes as SNP near deal with the SNP”: “Ms Sturgeon confirmed on Wednesday night that she is in talks with the Scottish Greens about a possible deal to support her minority government and secure a second referendum. It could result in the far-left Greens ascending to ministerial office for the first time and holding significant sway over the SNP. If that is the price of support for a second independence referendum, few north of the border doubt that it will be paid.” Fear and loathing also over at the New Statesman where poor Chris Deerin describes the Scottish Greens as: “radical, aggressive, socialist agitators”. The policies that trigger an extraordinary diatribe include: a millionaire’s tax; a frequent flyer tax; an end to new licenses for oil and gas exploration and development; a publicly owned rail network; the creation of publicly owned services for freight and passengers to continental Europan; and the reintroduction of rent controls.”
These modest progressive ideas are a trigger for Chris who declares them “not a sensible programme for government” they are he whines: “radically socialist, Big Brother-ish …and unserious.”
As Chris, remarkably the Scottish editor of a supposedly left-wing magazine, polices politics according to his own Ultra Centrist brand of lobbyist/journalism it turns out his attitude to climate crisis is astonishing. He calls the heatwave “useful” and writes: “The price for a Mediterranean climate in northern Europe appears to be drought, wildfires and other ecological disasters in the toastier zones.”
That’s astonishing and offensive journalism as parts of Italy and Greece are being evacuated.
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SNP – Scottish Greens Coalition Deal
You wonder what the coalition deal will come to?
It’s interesting to compare and contrast the idea of these rabid radical Greens as described by the Telegraph and the New Statesman with a party willing to do a deal with the SNP whose leader is unable to oppose new oil fields. Confronted at the Govanhill Festival by Green New Deal Rising activists about the new Cambo oil field Sturgeon said: “We are thinking about all of these things, we are trying to come to the right decision. There’s no doubt we should be moving away.” Then, confusingly:
“You can have a politician that says to you what you want to hear, because you are standing here, or you can have a politician that says I do hear what you say, and I’ve got a lot of sympathy with it but there’s issues as First Minister I’ve got to make sure that I properly consider.”
This seems to suggest that being honest about your inability to muster opposition to new oil in the year that COP26 is coming to Glasgow somehow trumps the actual decision to fail to oppose it.
Tomorrow the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate science, will publish a comprehensive report showing how close humanity is to irreversible disaster caused by extreme weather. As that is published and people watch the crisis unfold in real-time, the inertia and culpability from our political leaders should provoke rage.
We’re not ‘on the brink’ we’re in the middle. We’re at the S in catastrophe.
Earth is hotter now than it has been for at least 12,000 years.
There are warning signs of the Gulf Stream collapsing.
Alok Sharma is President of COP26. The planet is burning and his solution is more petrol.
It doesn’t need to be like this. Last month Greenland showed real leadership suspending all new oil and gas exploration, the country’s government announced Thursday. Government officials said they believe the “price of oil extraction is too high,” citing both economic considerations and the fight against climate change.
“This step has been taken for the sake of our nature, for the sake of our fisheries, for the sake of our tourism industry, and to focus our business on sustainable potentials,” the Greenland government announced.
The government also announced that it has sent out a draft bill for consultation that would ban preliminary investigation, exploration and extraction of uranium.
Reality bite: the Scottish government can’t call itself a climate leader without opposing the Cambo oil field. The opportunity to leverage pressure from the COP conference, to shine on the world stage and to show climate leadership are in danger of being thrown away.