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The Spectator Podcast: greenwashing blue Tories

14 June 2019

5:40 PM

14 June 2019

5:40 PM

In early May, the Climate Change Committee recommended that Britain adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050 for greenhouse gases; and in Theresa May’s last minute fumbling for a domestic legacy, she set her sights on this target. Earlier this week, the government committed to emit net zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

But it’s not just the outgoing prime minister with green ideas, it’s also whoever is coming in next. From Sajid Javid to Boris Johnson, the frontrunners in this Tory leadership race have been keen to flash their green credentials. So when did the Conservative party become so greenwashed? More importantly, are politicians – from both sides – being honest about the real financial and human cost of committing to tackling climate change? On the podcast, Isabel Hardman talks to Lord Peter Lilley, former deputy leader of the Tories and a trustee of the climate-sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation, and Sam Richards, Director of the Conservative Environment Network.


Across the pond, the Mueller Report might not have indicted Trump in any real crimes, but it does show the extent of Trump’s meddling in the processes of an independent judiciary. In this week’s issue, president of Harper’s magazine, John Rick MacArthur, argues that Democrats should get on with impeaching Trump. So why haven’t they done it yet? Rick joins the podcast, together with Karin Robinson, host of the Primarily: 2020 podcast, to explain what’s holding the Democrats back.

And last – Cosmo Landesman is back in the Spectator offices to tell us about the failure of his fatherhood revolution. Like many modern men, he’s read books, listened to lectures, consulted friends, on how to be a present and loving father, unlike his own upbringing. But it seems that this hasn’t worked out – his son is as distant with him as his own father was. So what makes a good father, and do kids care? We hear from Cosmo, and Dr Anna Machin, evolutionary anthropologist and author of The Life of Dad.


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