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Boris Johnson has forgone Conservative party principles with his climate change tactics

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Governments that set ambitious targets — with no intention or realistic plan to meet them — are fundamentally deceptive and intrinsically anti conservative. This is especially apparent when it comes to UK efforts to combat climate change.

A true conservative is pragmatic and has realistic plans for the future. They understand gradual change is preferable and the relative success of societies is based on the ingenuity and empowerment of their people. Conservatives have also typically adopted a market-based approach on the belief that this is the most effective way to boost our quality of life and achieve policy aims.

Boris Johnson’s Government has seemingly abandoned these principles in the environmental space. Instead, the state is demanding substantial behaviour change from individuals, using taxes and bans ranging from nappies to gas boilers, plastic straws to polystyrene cups.

The messaging has been mixed and the proposals extremely costly: Rishi Sunak has suggested Net Zero could cost over a trillion pounds. It is this cost that has backed the Government into a corner.

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