Green revolt against Blair
Tony Blair faces a major revolt over his refusal to commit Britain to annual cuts in the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
According to The Independent, British Ministers have agreed on a Climate Change Bill that will set out the aim of cutting C02 emissions by 60 per cent by 2050. Critics argue that this can only be achieved by the discipline of annual targets, but Prime Minister Tony Blair is resisting the demands. Now, the opposition parties and more than 200 Labour MPs have demanded that the bill must include a promise to reduce C02 emissions by 3 per cent each year.
The Prime Minister still resists, claiming that annual legally-binding targets would be too inflexible. He argues that without “pretty heavy” tax measures an unusually cold winter would scupper hopes of achieving that year’s planned reduction.
A severe lack of balls
While it is nice to hear a politician who has actually thought about the measures necessary to curb global warming, it is quite appalling to witness Mr. Blair’s lack of political courage, panache, or, to be blunt, balls. If pretty heavy tax measures is what it takes, then bring on the pretty heavy tax measures! You can do it, and you should do it! You are the Prime Minister, for crying out loud! What on earth is the use of being the Prime Minister if you cannot tax people? Not even in the face of the worst crisis in the history of mankind?