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Mon Feb 3, 2020, 09:27 AM

Climate change: Sacked climate chief 'may sue government'

Climate change: Sacked climate chief 'may sue government'
By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst
2/3/2020

Claire O’Neill, an ex-minister, was told by Downing Street that she couldn’t chair the Glasgow meeting because she was no longer a minister. But sources close to Ms O’Neill say they think she was fired for criticising government failings. They say the process for the climate meeting was in in disarray. The sources said different ministers were jockeying to lead the UN meeting, known as COP26, adding that the Prime Minister was out of touch.

But I understand that some of the basics still aren’t in place. It seems the meeting might even be switched away to London from Glasgow because security costs there are much higher...To compound the issue, the Prime Minister infuriated the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon by reportedly telling the Conservative conference he didn’t want her "anywhere near” the meeting.

Compared with the huge French diplomatic effort that brought about a surprisingly positive deal in Paris in 2015, the UK’s preparations are lagging...the challenge has been made more difficult because when Boris Johnson was Foreign Secretary he fired many of the UK’s overseas climate change envoys.

...Some observers who oppose the UK's climate change laws have celebrated her demise, arguing that she echoed environmental groups too closely. But her departure leaves a big hole, with the conference set for November. I understand that Michael Gove is keen to oversee the project.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51357200

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Mon Feb 3, 2020, 02:39 PM

1. De Piffle-Johnson is criminally dishonest and negligent.

An unmitigated disaster.

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Mon Feb 3, 2020, 04:29 PM

2. +1!

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Mon Feb 3, 2020, 07:28 PM

3. I can guarantee that Johnson didn't just infuriate Sturgeon with his yap.

He said in the same speech that he would "drape a Union flag around COP26".

His presence in Glasgow alone would be a red rag to a bull, and he's had to run shy of facing hostile crowds during previous visits to Scotland, but he's obviously blissfully unaware that the union flag in Scotland has been firmly appropriated by hardline rightwing unionist neds and has a very different resonance to the one it has in England.

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