Dear Editor, Terrified of being seen as ‘anti-flying’, the Government wants to exempt the massively-polluting aviation sector from the heavy cuts in emissions required to meet their targets for reducing greenhouse gases.
Consequently, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband assures us that savings will be made elsewhere: but we’ve been here before. Terrified of being seen as ‘soft on defence’, Labour have been spending tens of billions of pounds on an “independent” nuclear “deterrent”, and offsetting a small fraction of the cost by cutting corners elsewhere in the defence budget: cuts for which our troops on the ground have paid in blood.
Labour’s ‘penny wise, pound foolish’ approach to defence has been a disaster. Can we expect a similar approach to climate change to be any more successful?