As many readers will be aware Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is planning to impose a carbon tax in that country. She has faced some fierce criticism and challenges, not least from the conservative opposition Liberal Party leader, Tony Abbott.
But Abbott won’t be thanking his supposedly conservative ally in the UK, David Cameron. For Cameron sent a letter to Gillard just over a week ago which has been shared with Sydney Morning Herald. The paper explains:
BRITAIN’S Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, has personally congratulated Julia Gillard on her carbon tax policy in a letter penned from the desk of 10 Downing Street.
The Herald goes on to quote from the letter:
“Your announcement sends a strong and clear signal that Australia is determined to make its contribution to addressing this challenge,” he said. “It will add momentum to those, in both the developed and developing world, who are serious about dealing with this urgent threat.”
Another snippet of the letter was shared by The Australian newspaper, which quotes Flip-Flop as saying:
I was delighted to hear of the ambitious package of climate change policy measures you announced on 10 July and wanted to congratulate you on taking this bold step.
Marvellous. No wonder the great carbon scam continues to press ahead in this country, it is endorsed from the top by a man with vested interests in the carbon trade.
This story will no doubt be music to the ears of Tory backbenchers and grassroots members who remain confident that Cameron is merely engaging in a strategic deception and will suddenly reveal his inner Tory any day now – as they have been saying since before the election. They will certainly be reassured by the Herald’s observation that Cameron is the second high-profile endorsement for Australian Labor’s carbon tax plans in less than a week, after former British Labour prime minister Tony Blair, in Australia for a series of corporate speaking events, said reducing carbon-fuel dependence was an “intelligent” move being adopted around the world, during a joint press conference with Ms Gillard.
So Cameron is truly the heir to Blair. Perhaps that is the only honest thing he has said in public.