There were individual members of every party with whom one could have sensible and constructive conversations about nature and the environment but rarely did the issues seem to be that important to the political parties.
Last week, several NGOS published a review of the environmental leadership of the three main English political parties. It is a damning indictment of how hopeless our politicians are on this issue (although its findings are a bit less outspoken than that!). Do read it as it is short, pithy and deeply depressing.
My summary would be as follows:
- the Conservatives have demonstrated that they were only pretending that they cared about the environment – they couldn’t care less?
- Labour have not demonstrated that they care about the environment, nor that they know what they would do – feckless?
- the Lib Dems do care and do know, but even in government they have failed to make much difference – hopeless?
It says so much that in a world of climate change, rainforest destruction and extinctions, that the government is going to slap a 5p tax on plastic bags; some plastic bags; some plastic bags after the 2015 general election; perhaps.
In a democracy, we get the political leaders we deserve, but it’s difficult to believe that we really do deserve this plastic lot.
If you are a member of any political party then please press your party, whichever it is, to up their game before the next general election.