Red Wall MPs Rebel Over Net Zero

By Paul Homewood



The SUN is reporting that the astronomical costs of Net Zero are seen by ‘Red Wall’ Tory MPs as an existential threat to Boris Johnson and the Conservatives.

According to the report, Tory backbench MPs from the North of England launched a blistering private assault on the Climate Change Minister in a fiery WhatsApp tirade seen by The Sun.

In reality, most UK household, not just poorer ones in Red Wall constituencies, will be hit hard by Net Zero — and will hit back hard as the cost burden and pain rises.

Ultimately, only a realistic alternative to unilateral and unaffordable climate targets will be able to save the Conservative Party from the fury of voters when the economic and social disaster of Net Zero unfolds.

In the meantime, there are no signs that China, India or other emerging powers will sign up to the West’s Net Zero agenda at COP26.

Raging Red Wall Tory MPs turned fire on ministers last night after shock polling revealed Tory voters will be hit hardest by Boris Johnson’s expensive green revolution.

The PM’s Northern troops launched a blistering private assault on the Climate Change Minister in a fiery WhatsApp tirade seen by The Sun.

Stark polling shared in a private text chat for Tory MPs revealed that 44 per cent of all car owners backed the Conservative voters, rising to 47 per cent of all petrol drivers.

Just one in five hybrid-owners backed the party, and nearly seven in ten electric car drivers opted for Labour instead.

With Ministers urging Brits to switch as soon as possible away from combustible engines – tensions boiled over with claims the Tories would be hit hardest by the government diktat.

A string of rising stars first elected in 2019 took to the Conservative MP WhatsApp group chat to hammer lofty Anne Marie Trevelyn, the Business Department minister.

And they pleaded it would be MPs not ministers who had to sell the plans on the doorstep or risk losing thousands of voters – and even the next Election.

The angry Tories expressed their deep concern over the electoral cost of pursuing green policies, with just three months to go before Mr Johnson hosts a crucial COP26 climate change summit in November.

Ministers are yet to lay out their plans for how Brits will have to rip out their boilers and make their homes more environmentally friendly to meet Net Zero goals by 2050 – over internal wrangling about the price tag.

But Ashfield MP Lee Anderson fumed: “This will not go down well in Red Wall seats at all.”

Former minister Jackie Doyle-Price added: “The reason we have won Red Wall seats is because Labour lost working class voters over decades as the party has become increasingly metropolitan.

We won’t keep those voters if they see us behaving in the same way. We do need to get our approach to net zero right.”

Lincoln’s Karl McCartney added: “All the builders, mechanics, petrol-heads and even EV lovers across the country will be rolling their eyes at this ‘idealism’.

“Maybe the SpAds/advisers in No10 and certain departments should leave their protective bubble ever recess and head ‘north’.”

And Bassetlaw’s Brendan Clarke-Smith hit out at the international approach too, adding: “It’s a hard sell asking people to make sacrifices when the rest of the world, China/Russia etc, are carrying on as usual.

“It can’t happen overnight – and others need to pull their weight, rather than us doing all the legwork.”

Workington MP Mark Jenkinson, who has rallied against the decision to hit pause on a new coal mine in Cumbria, warned of the risks of shutting them all down to simply buy it all in from China and Russia to make steel.

And he warned that developing countries benefiting from coal at the moment were never going to get on side ahead of COP26.

He stressed: “We are ultra-parochial on Net Zero, and we’re simply not the problem.

“We’re pulling up the drawbridge and expecting others to leapfrog the path we took to prosperity. It hasn’t happened in any developed country.”

Significantly it seems to be the Red Wall MPs who are rebelling. These are typically down to earth people, with a close understanding of how ordinary people think, rather than being part of the metropolitan elite as most MPs are.

You would have thought the Tories would have learnt their lesson after the useless Theresa May very nearly destroyed the party over Brexit.

Meanwhile the GWPF is also reporting that Boris may abandon the 1.5C target, and aim for 2C instead:



According to ITV News Deputy Political Editor:

I recently had a conversation with a senior figure advising the UK government on the question of climate change and they said that the chances of keeping heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels had now virtually disappeared. Instead, they argued that 2C would be a good outcome and that we, as a country, should start to prepare for it.

The idea that you can turn a thermostat on and off to control the world’s temperature is of course absurd. But what does this all mean politically?

China has already made it crystal clear that it objects to any changes in the Paris Agreement, which actually acknowledged that emissions would still continue to rise rapidly up to 2030, even allowing for the national pledges made. So Boris’ 2C plan effectively means no change to Paris. While the West carries on committing economic suicide, the rest of the world will continue to grow their economies and emissions.

COP26 will end up being an argument about financial aid to the developing world, and turn into a blame game.

In other words, they might just as well cancel it now!


August 13, 2021 at 03:24AM

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