Green Party in England & Wales
The Green Party today dismissed David Cameron's bid to appear green by
talking up environmental issues as 'giving even tokenism a bad name'
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor commented: "Cameron's attempts to
manufacture an image of environmental concern convince no one. He fails even
to fool those within his own ranks - only last month, Tory MEP Caroline
Jackson - who chaired the European Parliament's environment committee for
five years - deemed Cameron's shiny new green credentials 'cosmetic...all
talk and no action.' "(1)
"There is neither understanding nor consensus within the Tories about
climate change. John Redwood MP, Chairman of the Economic Competitive policy
group - a key aspect
of the Tories current re-branding - has said it's 'not clear that human
activity (was) changing the climate'! (1)
"Cameron and his cronies, existing in a carefully fabricated policy vacuum,
are trying desperately to portray an image of concern and social
responsibility. In reality, the decisions the Tories make when in power, at
any level, show a very different truth.
"Cameron tells the voters the environment is the top priority for him, then
tells the CBI we need more road-building. He is also supporting Labour's
plans for the biggest programme of airport expansion for a generation, while
his right-hand man George Osborne is busy working out how to relax the
planning laws which protect green belt sites from rapacious development.
"Green representatives in the European Parliament, on the London assembly,
and on councils across the country are already demonstrating what real Green
action means. This means fighting for greater provision for green
initiatives such as renewable energy and further investment in public
transport, opposing privatisation of our public services and putting people
and planet before profit. This is the polar opposite of what lies dear to
"Both David Cameron and Tony Blair are addressing environmental concerns as
a footnote to their primary concern of unbounded economic growth. The market
can help us face some of the challenges ahead, yes, but we need our
politicians to ensure the right regulatory framework is set."