He's given an interview to GMTV in which he seriously proposes that all domestic flights should be abolished. It will be broadcast on GMTV's Sunday programme which runs from 6.00 to 7.30am, repeated from 7.30 till 9 on ITV2.GLORIA DEL PIERO: I wanted to talk to you about that other concern of yours, the Environment, in a week where the Prime Minister said that we don’t need to sacrifice our long haul flights, science will save the planet for us. Is he right about that?
TIM YEO: Not entirely no. Because although we have technology that makes it possible to drive a car with very low carbon emissions, aircraft produce carbon emissions in substantial bodies. What we should be doing is tackling the domestic flights first. There is no reason at all why people should fly around the UK, fly from London to Edinburgh, London to Scotland, London to Glasgow, London to Manchester, London to Newcastle. Those flights should be knocked out. What we should do is tax domestic flights so heavily and use the money to improve the railways so that in five years time everyone is choosing to go by train within the UK. That would make a big step in right direction, the long haul flights are harder to tackle, but the domestic flights we can be taking action on right now and we should be.
GLORIA DEL PIERO: So you’re actually saying that you think that we shouldn’t have the right to fly internally in the UK?
TIM YEO: Well I think we should make the price so unattractive, obviously…
GLORIA DEL PIERO: So only rich could fly around the UK?
TIM YEO: Well, I mean the fact is that most people now go by train from London to Paris, and from London to Brussels. That service is replacing the aircraft to a considerable extent. The same could happen, if we made the trains better from London to Glasgow, London to Edinburgh, they’re a little better than they were on the Manchester line, if we made them better and also made them cheaper than flying then we are not forcing people to do something, but the logical alternative is to say if I can get to the centre of Edinburgh on the same time on the train, and probably in more comfort and for a lower price… Well, it’s a no-brainer. And the government has really been pretty timid about aircraft taxation. There is an opportunity here to show that Britain is really serious about climate change, about carbon emissions, about reducing the amount of flying, and if we did that I think the world would sit up and pay attention and we’d be setting an example that other countries could follow.
GLORIA DEL PIERO: But you’re pretty much effectively saying to me that you don’t there should be domestic flights in the UK, they should be banned, they should be…
TIM YEO: I’m not saying they should be banned, but I certainly don’t think we shouldn’t be using them in anything like the volume that we are now. Because I’ve become concerned myself about this, I’m choosing to go to Scotland by train as a matter of conscience now. I think more and more people would like to do that, we need to make it easier for them, and those people who don’t think of it in that sort of way we need to give them a price signal. But I honestly do believe that within ten years there should be virtually no domestic flights.
Well there you have it.
Well, indeed we do. And what the fuck is this cunt on, seriously? Is he seriously suggesting that domestic flights should be taxed so highly that they are wiped out? Well, yes, unbelievably, he is.
And I thought that David Miliband was way out in front in the "totally fucking batshit-mad environmental loony" stakes but it seems that Tim is a strong contender for the idiot of the year awards. Once again, the Tories have managed to surprise me, and not in a good way.
Let us leave aside Yeo's ignorant assertion that, in comparison to cars, "aircraft produce carbon emissions in substantial bodies"; let us also leave aside the substantial doubts about the effect that carbon emissions have on climate change; let us leave aside his utter, fucking distressing stupidity and concentrate on the viable alternatives. Err...
- Car: but... but... but cars are eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil. Not only do they pump out carbon compounds (and the rest)—although Yeo does say "we have technology that makes it possible to drive a car with very low carbon emissions", which presumably makes it OK for him to drive his, no doubt, big, fat car around with impunity—but they also "cause" congestion (nothing to do with "traffic-calming" measures, obviously). After all, that's why the government are giving serious consideration to taxing everyone off the road (at £1.38 a mile).
- Train: this is Yeo's favoured option (at least, it is for everybody else's use). Now, surely, if trains were better, then domestic flights would not have taken off to the extent that they have? Trains are slow and expensive and, actually, not that efficient if empty. Mr Yeo, however, would like to force yet more people onto trains so that they can increase the overcrowding already present.
Mr Yeo is a fucking idiot of the first water; one must assume that his remarks are endorsed by the massive-foreheaded cunt Cameron and no doubt supported by the new, green Conservatives. What a bunch of fucking wankers the Tory leadership are.
Our political masters are proposing to tax us to buggery on the flimsiest of science, they salve their consciences by buying Carbon Points with our fucking money and then, nauseatingly, they turn around and tell us it's for our own good! What the fuck is going on? The only party trying to fight against this lunacy is, as usual, UKIP. (If I see one more fucking comment about how UKIP are just "vote-splitters" and "egos out simply to do down the Tories", I shall fucking scream; there are now no similarities between UKIP and the Conservatives: UKIP are now, essentially, what the Tories once were. A vote for UKIP is not a vote against the Tories: it's a vote for Conservatives.)
Oh, well; it seems that our corrupt, ignorant, stupid, venal and greedy MPs want to drive us back into the Dark Ages, so I'm going to buy shares in any companies dealing in donkeys, horses and other such means of transport...