Listening to the car radio I heard that Gordon Brown has announced that “Britain will provide £1.5 billion towards a three-year fund to help the poorest countries adapt to the effects of climate change.”
My immediate reaction, please Gordon, stop spending our money. That’s £1,500,000,000 to help with climate change, no indication whether this is a down payment, or what. I’m truly troubled when I hear Gordon Brown say,
“Obviously we are hoping that other countries respond to the generous offers that Europe has made but we look forward to a successful outcome [to the UN summit on climate change at Copenhagen].”
Hoping, Gordon, just hoping. Why must we always be first in spending £billions? Especially as we don’t seem to have any money left in the kitty. How, for example, will this play with the 1,700 people in Teesside who are losing their jobs on the closure of Corus’s steel plant in Redcar.
The costs of the doing things about climate change won’t play well in the country. That’s my view. There’s a deal more explanation to the electorate required by this, and future, government’s.