There are times when I can’t stand British politics. The negativity and outright lies of the recent local elections and referendum are a case in point, or Cameron touring the Middle East selling weapons. But there are also times when I’m really proud, and there have been two reasons to applaud David Cameron’s leadership in the last couple of weeks.
The first was the new carbon budget, making a commitment to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2025. The government has been under increasing pressure to drop or ignore carbon targets, with the Treasury and the Department of Business leading the assault. It’s not a perfect deal. The government still doesn’t recognise emissions from consumption, shipping or air travel, and apparently “the UK can prove that there need not be a tension between green and growth”. I doubt that, but full credit for honouring our climate responsibilities when it gets tough.
Second, Cameron has been outspoken on the importance of aid this week, making a speech to the G8 and renewing our commitment to giving away 0.7% of our GDP. For all its failings, aid remains hugely important, and many countries have dropped their aid promises like a hot rock after the financial crisis. Great to see Britain keeping up the pressure on the rest of the G8, despite an aggressive and ignorant tabloid campaign against our national aid budget. (Daily Mail claimed Britain ‘doles out more in aid than any other country‘, which Norway might want to question.)
Thanks Dave, and more of these stories please.