Cameron the Carbon Conservative

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.

17 Responses to “Cameron the Carbon Conservative”


  1. 1 Martin Brumby 31/07/2011 at 7:27 am

    Well, it would be nice to think that Cameron and Blair were both pursuing a Machiavellian ploy to encourage the Australians to stuff their own economy, to the benefit of ours. But the pathetic fag end of our own coal mining industry is no longer in a position to derive any benefit from such a strategy and I can’t imagine it would be of any benefit to anyone else in the UK.

    No, they are both cAGW “True Believers”. Both with direct personal financial interests in pushing this scam. Their dogma and incompetence only exceeded by their greed and malice.

  2. 2 Pete H 31/07/2011 at 8:55 am

    When a guys Father in Law owns a wind-farm I guess one has to toe the line…..and reap in the money from the scam!

  3. 3 Manu 31/07/2011 at 9:17 am

    There I was thinking that once we got shot of Huhne the Ecoloon some sanity might return to our environmental and energy policies. Clearly no such luck…

    Am interested though – what evidence is there that Cameron has direct, personal financial interest in carbon trading?

  4. 4 Climate Change Con....... 31/07/2011 at 9:42 am

    Professor Richard Lindzen – American atmospheric physicist and Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has published more than 200 scientific papers and books

    http://www.youtube.com/user/co2science#p/c/A95BA1FDF6AACEEA/0/m9bEOB3x0dQ

  5. 5 Autonomous Mind 31/07/2011 at 9:46 am

    Manu, his family make a great deal of money from being landlord to a number of wind turbines.

  6. 6 Manu 31/07/2011 at 9:58 am

    Thanks AM – figures…

  7. 7 Uncle Badger 31/07/2011 at 10:11 am

    Unfortunately, the Conservatives have always flattered to deceive. As Richard North has often pointed out, their record on the EU is actually worse than Labour’s!

    My wife (not from the UK) asked me just yesterday whether there was any chance that the Tories would rise-up and ditch Cameron. I had to say that, in all honesty, I doubt it. Not for a long while.

    Despite a small rump of sound minds, and all the pre-election waffle about the last intake of Conservative MPs being on the (broadly) libertarian Right, there has been no evidence of this.

    It is overwhelmingly the same blend of spivs, frauds, misguided dimwits, liars, megalomaniacs, lunatics, conmen and upper-class twits as usual.

  8. 8 Tom 31/07/2011 at 10:50 am

    Julia Gillard? – ugh! – she’s past her sell by date, and an embarrassment -on carbon tax she come over like an earnest dimwit PC primary school teacher trying to tell the kids about those nasty icky wicky carbon atoms that are poisoning our world and that without coal mines Aurstalia will be “nice”.

    The wheels are wobbling on the AGW bandwagon, let’s not dignify them by letting them switch from Climate Change to “Energy Efficiency” or somesuch fig leaf.

  9. 9 Autonomous Mind 31/07/2011 at 11:20 am

    Do your own homework Manu, I’m working on other things. Google is your friend. Try searching for Normanby.

  10. 10 AJC 31/07/2011 at 11:35 am

    Like Martin Brumby I hoped this might be a Machiavellian scheme to encourage the Gillard Government’s looney scheme and thus hasten the backlash from the inevitable collapse of the primary Australian economy as the quickest way to bring some sanity to the Eco/AGW debacle.

    The moment I saw Bliar’s “intelligent” remark I knew that not to be the case. Cameron is clearly a “true believer”. Of course it would help if he, or his cabinet, possessed some scientific qualifications. Perhaps fewer of their
    “scientific” advisors being economists would help!

  11. 11 permanentexpat 31/07/2011 at 11:37 am

    Follow the money…always.

  12. 12 Climate Change Con...... 31/07/2011 at 12:27 pm

  13. 13 Climate Change Con...... 31/07/2011 at 12:28 pm

  14. 14 Climate Change Con...... 31/07/2011 at 12:29 pm

  15. 15 Span Ows 31/07/2011 at 6:09 pm

    Manu: “Thanks AM – figures…”

    Autonomous Mind: “Do your own homework Manu, I’m working on other things.”…

    LOL! AM, I think Manu meant “that figures!”, not “what are the figures?”.

  16. 16 Autonomous Mind 31/07/2011 at 8:06 pm

    Span Ows – oops. If that is what he Manu meant then I apologise. My Director speaks that way when he expects something and I was on auto pilot…

  17. 17 Bill Temlonson 08/11/2011 at 11:59 am

    The interesting thing is that even though you think you lost today, you actually won.

    Eventually you’ll realise that.

    In the meantime, ease up on the 2GB kool aid.


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