This stage-managed Assembly is a sham. There is no democratic mandate for extreme climate policies.
As I have been pointing out for over a decade here on spiked, the political consensus on climate change is not shared by the public – or, at best, the public’s appetite for climate policy has not been tested democratically. And governments are well aware of this, too. Last year, six government departments engaged a number of campaigning organisations to convene a Climate Assembly, which they hoped would overcome this democratic deficit and produce a ‘mandate’ for climate policy. The Assembly presented a report of its recommendations to parliament last September. But this 500-page volume looks much more like the work of the Assembly’s convenors than any real expression of the public’s views.