Oh dear. My Conservative MP has just revealed himself to be a global warming alarmist. From his emailed newsletter:
Bill Wiggin MP trials fully electric BMW i3 to his summer surgeries
At the recent ‘Road to Zero’ Parliamentary reception, sponsored by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, Bill Wiggin MP won the opportunity to trial an electric car. Bill, who already drives a hybrid car to help reduce carbon emissions, is looking forward to driving the fully electric BMW i3 to his summer surgeries.
From the same newsletter:
Bill Wiggin MP welcomed climate change activists from North Herefordshire who had travelled to Westminster to express their concerns. Key issues discussed included the scope and urgency of climate change, how best to use the influential position of the UK as a global leader in tackling climate change, and how technology plays an increasingly central role in encouraging greener lifestyle choices.
But in this respect he’s not much different from our new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, of whom he’s a strong supporter.
Bill Wiggin MP said “I am delighted for Boris and wish him the very best for a successful premiership. I am excited for the future of our County and our Country under this leader. He has the energy and vision to break the Brexit deadlock and leave the EU by 31 October.”
At least Bill Wiggin didn’t vote for the UK smoking ban, and so that puts him on the side of the angels (as opposed to the demons in Tobacco Control).
But I’m a bit surprised that he’s a climate change activist, who has just taken delivery of an electric car. I’m also a bit surprised that Boris seems to be a global warming alarmist as well.
It’s a bad sign, because it means they’re both People Who Believe Experts.
For almost certainly neither Bill Wiggin nor Boris Johnson know anything about climate and climate change, so they’ll both be listening to people who do know something (or claim to know something) about it.
And if they both believe the Experts about climate change and global warming, they’ll believe the Experts in pretty much everything else as well. Such people don’t really have their own opinions. Their opinions are shaped by other people, who do their thinking for them. They’re consensus thinkers. They’ll go along with the majority opinion, whatever it happens to be.
This is one reason why I don’t think Boris Johnson is going to deliver Brexit. I don’t think he’s determined enough. He’s famously been sitting on the fence about it (see below), and seems to have been a fairly recent convert to the Brexit cause. And that’s what is to be expected of someone who listens to The Experts in all matters. If they change their minds, he’ll change his.
Boris is what the late Tony Benn would call a “weathervane” politician (as opposed to a “signpost” politician, who always points in one direction). If the climate of opinion on any matter changes, he’ll change his opinion too.
By contrast, someone like Nigel Farage is a “signpost” politician. He points in one consistent direction. And neither he nor members of his Brexit party believe Boris will deliver Brexit either.
“No, we can’t believe Boris because this is the man who first of all reportedly wrote two different versions of his columns to The Telegraph on whether we should Remain or Leave.”
Mr Johnson has u-turned on a number of positions in the past, including having voted for Mrs May’s withdrawal treaty on its third vote in the House of Commons, despite having voted it down twice before on grounds that it would reduce the United Kingdom to a “vassal state” or “colony” of the EU.