Article in the Guardian 18th Oct '21 re COP 26:
Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’
Well, why are we not surprised? Surely this is a trademark of all things that Boris Johnson's Government tries to manage. The Covid vaccination program suceeded because they let the management of that one go, and gave it to experienced outsider Kate Bingham, recruited admittedly by Johnson who knew he had to get this one right, so too important to let the government handle it.
It's a different story with the arranging and managing of COP 26. It's big, it's vital, it is our last chance saloon. But it is not, despite all that, going to make any difference to the future of plan Boris. No matter what happens, he may well sail on to another term yet as PM, muddling through disaster after disaster with his big words and tattered metaphors and rumbustious style, blah blahing and bragging and touting his vanity in a "look at me" hair assemblage. If the outcome makes no difference to our headlong rush over the cliff edge of global warming, Boris will blame everything and anyone else, and the mesmerised and duped will still admire and respect him. We will be treated to news items on TV with members of the puplic in Anytown being interviewed and saying "He's doing a great job".
Perhaps Johnson is gambling on the fact that relationships with the sponsors won't impact the talks themselves, nor the decisions and the actions following them. Big people will come with their teams and get the business done. That is the style of Johnson-think. Look at the blustering confidence with which he talked up Brexit. The Northern Ireland conundrum which had sunk Theresa May was simply brushed aside by talk of oven ready deals and simple arrangements which Boris signed up to either knowing it would all blow up later or blinded to by his own rhetoric. But given the thumping majority that Johnson enjoys, Anytown mainland UK tory voter doesn't care. What matters is steady supply of coveted goods on UK shelves, fuel in our filling stations, and prices for electricity and gas that won't cripple the best of the blue voters, even if the poorest and most vulnerable have to go to the wall. You can almost hear the riposte: there are enough well paid jobs for all. What are these so called poor people doing about it? Presumably sitting on their backsides and moaning and claiming benefits. So issues that threaten government popularity in the short term will be tackled with a vengeance, and as for the rest, well who really cares? The people whose livlihoods and homes that climate change is destroying mostly live far away, and don't get to vote in British elections. The poorest and most vulnerable Brits don't, won't or can't vote in a way which will loosen the tory grip on our land. The rest aren't convinced that Starmer will really cut it. Wise up people. Anyone else would be better.