Boris Johnson’s first major speech to his party since becoming Prime Minister will be remembered for two things.
The joke about the Speaker of the House, John Bercow being forced to eat kangaroo’s testicle.
And the joke about Labour Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn being blasted off into space like a “Communist cosmonaut.”
Boris Johnson is never better than when he is being Boris Johnson – forever looking for the comedic angle, always in search of a more memorably silly turn of phrase, never quite able to play at being the grown up in the room even though he’s now Prime Minister and that’s supposedly his job.
The eco-fascist campaign group Extinction Rebellion tells us there is a ‘climate emergency’. So too do all Britain’s main political parties. So too do UK government bodies such as the Committee on Climate Change and the Environment Agency.
Such disparate groups can’t all be lying to us, surely?
Yes, they can. The evidence can be found in a report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation titled ‘Plus ça change – The UK climate in 2018.’ (There’s also a short video)
It shows that:
Summers aren’t getting hotter
UK temperatures have become less extreme
Except in Scotland, where rainfall has increased, it has not got wetter
There’s little evidence to show ‘wetter winters’ or ‘drier summers’
Sea level rise is the same as in the first half of the 20th century, about 1.4 mm a year
Storms have not become more frequent or stronger
So where, you might reasonably ask, is the truth in a speech given earlier this year by Sir James Bevan, head of the Environment Agency, titled ‘It’s the climate emergency, stupid’?
Apart from their ongoing difficulties delivering Brexit, by far the biggest worry about Boris Johnson’s Conservatives is their craven subservience to the green sky fairy.
I’ve just been watching one of their panel discussions on energy and environment, broadcast from the Tory conference in Manchester, and it made me feel quite ill.
Even MPs that you know are secretly sound on green issues and know the whole climate change scam to be hogwash have to go through the motions of pretending that Net Zero — decarbonising the UK economy by 2050 — is a practical, achievable and conservative policy. And it is, of course, none of those things.
I agree with Douglas Murray: in twenty years’ time we’re going to look back on this era as an age of insanity and wonder how it was that so many people could possibly have been so stupid. Our political class especially.
Can there ever have been a period in history — even in the turmoil of the years leading up to the Civil War — when Parliament lost the plot quite so spectacularly? When the people supposedly serving us as our elected representatives proved themselves so disgracefully low-rent, so manifestly thick, so embarrassingly unfit for purpose?
I’m thinking, particularly, of the debate last week — or rather the excuse for a pretence of a mockery of a debate — when the leftist loons on the Opposition benches decided to take tactical offence at the Prime Minister’s use of a series of harmless words: “humbug”, “surrender”, “capitulation”.
Humbug is an old fashioned word — most famously used by Scrooge in A Christmas Carol — for dishonest or deceptive speech.
And humbug was, of course, exactly what previously unknown Labour MP Paula Sherriff was guilty of when she decided that the best way to humiliate Prime Minister Boris Johnson and grab herself a few minutes of limelight was metaphorically to disinter the corpse of murdered MP Jo Cox.
Labour's Paula Sherriff raised the murder of MP Jo Cox in the House of Commons, asking Boris Johnson to stop using "dangerous" language like "Surrender Act"
The PM replied: "I have never heard such humbug in all my life"
Here’s a thought to brighten up your weekend: all this identity politics lunacy which has taken hold of our culture — the pussy hats, the Black Lives Matter race-baiting, the trans-gender hysteria — it has a sell-by date and it’s going to come to an end.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has an embarrassing problem. Her name is Rachel Johnson and she is his sister.
Here is Rachel cheerfully knifing her brother on Sky News:
“My brother is using words like ‘surrender’, ‘capitulation’, as if the people who are staying in the way of the blessed will of the people, of the 17.4 million who voted to leave in 2016, should be hung, drawn, quartered, tarred and feathered. And I think that is highly reprehensible language to use.”
Here she is, doing him over on the BBC’s World At One. (From around 17m 50s in)
“I love my brother but he is a very different person in the Commons. If you put a man in front of the dispatch box he becomes a completely different person. It becomes a sort of bully pulpit.”
Author Douglas Murray is gay but he doesn’t think much of Gay Pride. No, siree!
Here’s an exclusive preview of a longer interview I did with him this week about his book about identity politics, The Madness of Crowds. We discuss, inter alia, our irritation at the way the cult of the rainbow flag has come to dominate the entirety of Western culture.