28 June 2016

The insanity reaches Cardiff

The insanity which is currently swilling about the country has washed up in Cardiff.  Today the Welsh Assembly announced that the Chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee had been handed to UKIP.  UKIP, the only party in the Assembly who deny the existence of climate change.

I would like to ask you to email the Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer to express your feelings on this matter.  Disbelief?  Anger?  Disgust?

It is easily done.  But must be done ASAP.  The election of the chairs occurs tomorrow.

The Presiding Officer (Elin Jones) can be emailed at private.office@assembly.wales and the Deputy Presiding Officer at Ann.Jones@assembly.wales

Here is the text I have sent, feel free to cut and paste as much or as little as you need.

"Dear [Deputy] Presiding Officer,

I am writing to express my disbelief and disgust at the decision to allocate UKIP the Chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.  

The UKIP local manifesto, amongst the usual lies about the costs of the EU and fantasy narrative of regaining control of immigration, included two direct references to measures to reduce the impacts of climate change: “We oppose […] wind farms” and, in a list to ’save money’, the promised to “End wasteful EU and UK subsidies to ‘renewable energy scams’, such as wind turbines and solar farms”.

Both the above give no indication that UKIP Welsh Assembly members do anything but tow the party line on climate change, i.e. they deny it’s very existence.

Climate change is a clear and present danger to people the world over.  Thousands of people die every year due to climate change.  Climate change drives conflict and the mass movements of people.  Climate change is a threat to all of our children.  It is not a joke.  It is not unimportant.  There is every possibility UKIP will attempt to delay policy and the making of decisions in this area, as a result, people will die.

What the hell are you doing placing the climate change denying, amateur clowns of UKIP at the head of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee?  Is this the result of gross ignorance or gross negligence?  Why put the UKIP extremists, the only party to deny the existence of climate change, in this position?

This is an insane decision which appears to suggest the Welsh Assembly care nothing for our environment or the future generations of Wales.  I urge you to investigate how this decision came about and to reverse it.


Thanks in advance.