It is a sign of era of political cross-dressing that we live in that those Tories have started pretending they give a toss about the environment. They have shown that by opposing new laws obliging companies to do the right thing by the environment. The Daily doesn’t have an environment correspondent, but we’re told by those in the know that having cuddly Dave Cameron fly off in private jets all the time doesn’t do much good to the ozone either.
No one is being fooled – it’s good PR for the Tories but that’s about it.
No one is being fooled except Friends of the Earth, that is. The usually excellent campaign group – some of our best friends work there – have been caught out cosying up to the Tories several times over the last few months. But now they’ve gone a bit far. They have nominated Oliver Letwin for a charity award for services to the environment. Lots of people are saying that Friends of the Earth are giving the Tories the greenwash they so desperately need.
Click here to vote for Emily Thornberry (nominated by the World Wide Fund for Nature) or Eliot Morley (nominated by the Tree Council).