British Conservatives move away from climate change as election nears

The warm and fuzzy face of the Conservatives may not be the same as reality. The Tories may win this year but it might be more of a challenge to hold on than they expect. Their strongest selling point – and it’s not to be undervalued – is the fact that they are not Labour. The Guardian:

Most Conservative MPs, including at least six members of the shadow cabinet, are sceptical about their party’s continued focus on climate change policies, it has been claimed.

The recent furore around “Climategate” has hardened the views of Tory MPs, many of whom were already unconvinced by the scientific consensus, and has led to increasing calls for the issue to be pushed down the priority list.

Tim Montgomerie, founder and editor of the ConservativeHome website, said climate change had the potential to be as divisive for the party as Europe once was. “You have got 80% or 90% of the party just not signed up to this. No one minded at the beginning, but people are starting to realise this could be quite expensive, so opinion is hardening.”


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