ABOUT 10m Britons sat down on November 10th to watch the final episode of “Blue Planet II”, a nature documentary. If their Twitter feeds were anything to go by, a large chunk of the Conservative Party’s MPs were among them. When the programme revealed the damage caused by plastic in the world’s oceans, Tory MPs tweeted out the government’s plans to stop this evil, alongside a pictorial menagerie of seabirds and whales. One, Ben Bradley, posted a picture of a turtle alongside a plug for the party’s plan to ban microbeads, the tiny particles of plastic that trouble fish. “As @David_Cameron used to say—Vote blue, go green!” he urged.
Since a disastrous general election in June, the Conservatives have been quietly moving back towards positions first staked out by Mr Cameron. Although mocked at the time, “Vote blue, go green” was a crucial part of his cosmopolitan agenda, which mixed environmentalism with…Continue reading