We’d hope Cameron has rediscovered reality and is walking back from greenie nonsense. I did say ‘hope’
Is the omnishambles going international? Here’s a sign that it may be. Until today the Prime Minister was to make a major green speech, his first since he pledged to lead “the greenest government ever” a few days after coming into office, at a summit of energy ministers at Lancaster House. The so-called Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) – which is bringing together ministers from 23 of the world’s leading economies – had been welcomed as providing the ideal stage for him to reassert his environmental commitment, and that of his government, after months of it being cast into doubt by backbenchers and some ministers, led by George Osborne.
But now he isn’t. Instead he is just going to turn up at the meeting, make a few introductory remarks and then take questions from the assembled ministers.
The abrupt downgrading of the occasion – apart from being seen as rather discourteous to the visitors – just adds to the impression of a government in disarray. And the spin that Downing Street is now putting on it is making things worse. The speech has not been cancelled, we are told, because it was never going to happen in the first place.