I could not help but smile when I saw the front page of today’s Observer newspaper while picking up diesel at a local garage.
“Climate change denier Nick Griffin to represent EU at Copenhagen”, screams the headline.
I had to have a quick read. Not wishing to encourage the newspaper proprietors who constantly misrepresent the British National Party to stay in business any longer than necessary I did not purchase a copy. Instead preferring to view the online edition.
Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National party, is to represent the European parliament at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, which opens next week.
Last night politicians and scientists reacted furiously to news that the far-right politician and climate change denier should be attending the summit on behalf of the EU.
Griffin, who was elected to the European parliament in June, confirmed last night that he would attend as the representative of the parliament's environmental committee. World leaders, including Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, are hoping to forge a new global agreement to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
I can just imagine the coffee being spilt this morning in households throughout the land. Will they never learn? Probably not.
Just in case any of you are interested the British National Party do not deny climate change. It is a continuously occurring and perfectly natural phenomenon after all.
I would refer you to the environmental policy page of our national website which quite clearly states at the bottom: -
Finally, the BNP accepts that climate change, of whatever origin, is a threat to Britain. Current evidence suggests that some of it may be man-made; even if this is not the case, then the principle of ‘better safe than sorry’ applies and we should try to minimise the emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
The time has come for change.
Hardly climate change denial is it? Simply a common sense view which, when viewed in the context of a policy document, offers a genuinely realistic alternative to the tax tax tax policies of the other parties.