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Tory green rhetoric isn't matched by their dismal record

PUBLISHED: 10:34 22 June 2007 | UPDATED: 14:34 07 September 2010

Your excellent report of the Camden Green Fair (Sun sustains environment show, H&H June 7) really captured the positive spirit of the day and the very wide range of activities that took place. However, it reminded me of one bizarre sight that confronted

Your excellent report of the Camden Green Fair (Sun sustains environment show, H&H June 7) really captured the positive spirit of the day and the very wide range of activities that took place.

However, it reminded me of one bizarre sight that confronted me as I wandered through the fair. I was astonished to come across a stall promoting the Conservative Party, sporting a large placard saying 'vote blue go green'! Now, I admire the brass neck of those local Tories manning the stall, but really have to challenge their ludicrous claim to be 'green'.

David Cameron may cycle to work occasionally and have temporarily had a little windmill on his roof but his party's record does not match his rhetoric.

His head of policy, Oliver Letwin, led objections to a recycling plant in Poundbury, Prince Charles's model village.

Tory MPs have tried to block wind farms in their constituencies. They have opposed recycling schemes, backed road expansions and opposed congestion charging in London and road pricing nationally. Tories have also opposed recycling schemes.

The Tories opposed the climate change levy and the utilities Bill, which requires power companies to invest in renewables. They oppose any restriction on the runaway growth of airport capacity and are positioning themselves to support a new generation of nuclear power stations.

Now a joke's a joke, but in what way could their policies conceivably be seen as green?

Sean Thompson

Camden Green Party

St Albans Road, NW5

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