Imagine the following scenario. You’re the Minister for Energy & Climate Change in a democratically elected political party which is broadly social democratic in nature. Your party stands for the values of tolerance, human rights, dignity and the freedom for people to lead their own lives as they see fit.
Now imagine that there’s a dictatorial communist government elsewhere in the world which wasn’t elected, but seized power years ago and has ruthlessly held on to it ever since. In its history it has been responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of blameless people. Currently it stands condemned by such organizations as Amnesty International who accuse it of torture, extra-judicial killings, repression and “disappearing” political dissidents. This same regime has been kidnapping the relatives of women who have more than one child and holding them in squalid detention centres until the women come in for forced sterilizations. It is a dictatorship which has been accused of harvesting organs from political dissidents and which openly runs “re-education through labour” camps for citizens who disagree with its policies.
What would you do? At the very least, you’d issue a strongly-worded condemnation of the communist regime, and then stay as far away from them as possible, right?
Er, no. Not if your name’s Chris Huhne and you’re worried about global warming. If that’s the case, then instead of condemning that regime, you would be earnestly seeking “greater collaboration” with them:
“Today’s agreement demonstrates that the U.K. and China want to accelerate this shift to low carbon and are committed to greater collaboration on energy markets and low carbon technology,
UPI News Wire: London, Beijing Target Low Carbon Growth
This commitment to collaborate with the dictatorship is par for the course where global warming overrides warnings of horrific human rights abuses. Speaking in China last year, Huhne praised the “close relationship” that the UK and China enjoyed and said “there are real opportunities for the UK and China to do more together”. His department issued a press release last year which expressed a desire to strengthen collaboration with China.
Well quite. What’s a few forced sterilizations between friendly governments when global warming’s the issue?
Here’s a video on the “re-education” camps belonging to regime that Huhne wants to collaborate with. As the France 24 news service reports, up to 2 million Chinese citizens are in forced labour in these re-education camps: