The Cop circus, complete with eco virtue-signalling elites jetting to a faraway land to insist everyone “acts now” to stop driving and flying, has come round again. World leaders and elder statesmen flew to Dubai this week for Cop28 (emitting merrily as they went), and in response the Green Party launched yet another demand for private jets to be banned from taking off and landing in Britain.
They insist private jets are the ultimate symbol of “climate inequality”, a claim followed up by the seemingly dubious, out-of-context number crunching favoured by the green bunch. “The richest 1 per cent of the population produce as much planet warming pollution each year as five billion people making up the poorest two-thirds of the global population,” they insist.
As usual, this is more “eat the rich” thinking than anything remotely helpful. The world is not fast on its journey to hell in a hand-basket because of private jets flying in and out of the UK. But then, the Greens love to ban things, blame the West for everything, and cry catastrophe, much more than they like to create, invent or solve things.
That said, the idea of banning some private jets is appealing. Specifically, those in use by the climate elite: the Leonardo DiCaprios, Barack Obamas, Harry and Meghans and Silicon Valley executives of the world. In fact, anyone who bleats on about the evils of flying – low-cost flights possibly being the most democratic invention of all time – should be prevented from boarding their private jets.
When it comes to their international lifestyles, only two options can satisfy after years of incessant hypocrisy: they can take easyJet like the rest of us, or they can stop preaching.