“I want this to be the greenest government ever.” “We need to get rid of all the green crap.” Both of these remarks have been attributed to the present British Prime Minister, David Cameron. Although the latter comment has been denied, somebody close to him definitely said it, and together these statements bring into sharp relief the tension that lies within centre-right political thinking about the environment.

There are still plenty of conservative-inclined politicians and commentators who regard the environment as some kind of socialist plot. There are few on the left of politics around the ...


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