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Date published: 2005/12/09

The BBC says:

Conservative leader David Cameron has set up a policy group on the environment to pave the way for "tough decisions" on cutting greenhouse gas.

The group, chaired by ex-Environment Secretary John Gummer and environmentalist Zac Goldsmith, will look at "quality of life" issues.

Mr Cameron says he will finalise policies in 18 months' time following the group's recommendations.

Labour said policies, not "platitudes", were needed to help the environment.

The new policy group is one of six which Mr Cameron intends to set up to help decide future party policy.

Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith is already looking at social justice, while former chancellor Ken Clarke is to head a "democracy taskforce".

Mr Cameron has highlighted the environment, and in particular climate change, as a key area of concern.

He launched the policy review group at the London Wetland Centre where he met members of Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.

Zac Goldsmith, editor of the Ecologist magazine, will work alongside Mr Gummer, meeting environmental groups to discuss policy proposals.
Mr Cameron said he believed in "green growth", arguing that environmentally-friendly measures did not have to stifle the economy.

"We don't want people to go and live like monks," he said.

Well the most encouraging thing here is that Cameron believes in "green growth". Whatever that is. But Gummer is a has-been third-rate politician and Goldsmith is a spoiled little rich kid who on the environmental front is just a younger version of Prince Charles. (Rich people by far and away cause much more damage to the environment than anyone else. So we don't really need patronising lectures from them about the environment.) And when a politician talks about "tough decisions" what they usually mean is that they are going to have to screw the ordinary people of Britain but they don't want to lose all those votes. Well, all three main parties seem to now be committed to similar policies on this front, so the Tories are not really sticking their necks out.

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