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Frank Poems: DOWN THE DOWNS

"Sussex Landscape," Gilbert Spencer, 1956

I’m not in favour
Of people being nasty
To one another.
The land fell away
As I crested the Downs,
Mist on the meadows
I’d much prefer it
If they’d try to be nice,
Hackneyed as that sounds
An ocean of gauze,
Tree tops floating on air,
Arboreal islands
But I’m also aware
That poets shouldn’t preach.
Before the dawn chorus.
Silence,
Everywhere
Don’t be nasty,
Be nice
In the distance the sea,
Almost a mirage
Be nice,
Don’t be nasty
From home in South London,
Cycling through the night
Don’t be nasty,
Be nice
The sun burning the mist,
Light melting the dark
Be nice,
Don’t be nasty
Still beguiling my eyes,
A lifetime later
Don’t be nasty,
Be nice
Freewheeling down the Downs
Don’t be nasty
Blue sky to Brighton.
Be nice.

Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Tory MPs fear that net zero is hurting poor people. Ignore their crocodile tears

Conservative MP Steve Baker, leader of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, at Downing Street, London, January 2022. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
Cnsrṿtiv MP Stīv Becr, līdr v ɖ Net-Ziro Scrūṭnigrūp, at Dǎnñ Strīt, Lundn, Jańri 2022. Foṭgraf: Mát Dunm/AP

Tori MPz fir ɖt net ziro z hrtñ pur ppl. Ignor ɖer croc̣dîltirz

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 16 February 2022)

Ɖ Net-Ziro Scrūṭnigrūp clem grīn leviz r a brdn, yt ɖer ǒn parti z cutñ spendñ on eṇji ifiśnsi

Caroline Lucas

Caṛlîn Lūc̣s, Wnzde 16 Febrri 2022

Partiget hz sjstd ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr hz, śl w se, a flex̣bl aproć t ɖ rūl v lw. Ɖ lwz v fizics, y wd ʈnc, canot b trītd so cerlisli – yt ɖt z ẃt z haṗnñ insd ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti. Ɖr hz bn a rlentlis pś bî sm MPz fr ɖ YC t abandn ǎr clîṃțargits n slo dǎn, or īvn abandn, ɖ trnziśn t net-ziro imiśnz.

Ɖ gol v net ziro bî 2050 at ɖ lêtist z nt sm faśṇbl grīn mīm or vrćusigṇlñ bî ɖ cumftbl midl clasz. It z ɖ meźr w mst tec t cīp ɖ olrdi penfl n lîf-ʈreṭñ impacts v clîṃtćenj wɖn ɖ bǎndz v ɖ maniɉbl. Ɖs gol z śerd nt jst bî sayntists n invîrnmntl campenrz bt bî 192 guvnmnts, mor ɖn 90 mejr bancs n ol v ɖ wrld’z mejr invstmntmanijrz.

Ax́n on clîṃtćenj z wn v ɖ fy rmenñ eriaz ẃr Britn hz a creḍbl clem t globl līdrśp. Onli ʈri munʈs ago, w wr hostñ ɖ YN clîṃtsumit, Cop26, ɖ most importnt inṭnaśnl gaɖ̇rñ in ɖ YC fr decedz. W hv set ɖ pes in dcarḅnîzñ ǎr ǒn icoṇmi n crietñ ɖ globl guvnnșistm t manij ɖ rspons t ɖ clîṃtcrîsis. W hv dn so bcz it z in ǎr naśnl inṭrest, az s’xesiv guvnmnts, Lebr n Cnsrṿtiv, hv rec̣gnîzd. W canot asc uɖr cuntriz t em fr net ziro f w abandn ǎr cmitmnt t it ǎrslvz.

Yt ɖt z jst ẃt ɖ tîni grūp v Cnsrṿtiv MPz in ɖ Net-Ziro Scrūṭnigrūp r trayñ t mc s d, in ɖ lêtist salvo v ɖer xntric opziśn t saund sayns. Léd bî Stīv Becr n Creg MCinle n sm v ɖer feʈfl ćirlīdrz in ɖ rîtwñ pres, ɖe r dmandñ ɖ prîm̦inistr abandnz ɖ grīn leviz ɖt hlp fnans Britn’z drîv t net ziro, ǎt v apaṛnt cnsrn ovr sōrñ eṇjibilz.

Ɖe r rît t b wurid abt ɖ impact v eṇji prîsrîzz on evrwn in Britn, ispeṣ́li lo-incm hǎsholdz. Ɖ welfér v miłnz v ppl z at risc, ptnṣ́li ʈreṭnñ sośl chīźn. Bt ɖer croc̣dîltirz abt ɖ impact on ɖ līst wel-of wd b mor creḍbl f ɖer parti’z ax́n hd’nt cntribytd t ɖ stet w’r in, bcz ɖ Cnsrṿtiv guvnmnt’s dsiźn t “gt rid v ol ɖ grīn crap” a deced ago mīnz ɖt ɖ YC’z eṇjibílz r £2.5bn hayr ɖn ɖe wd uɖ̇wz hv bn.

Mnẃl, ɖ Camṛn guvnmnt’s cut t eṇji-ifiśnsi subṣdiz hz hd a dṛmatic ifct on ɖ program t insylet Britn’z ntorịsli dráfti hǎzñstoc. In 2012, ovr 1.5m homz in Britn hd ɖer lofts insyletd, cutñ eṇjibilz n pṛvîdñ a larj numbr v jobz ol ovr ɖ cuntri. Last yir, onli 32,000 lofts wr insyletd. Scrapñ ɖ ziro-carbn-homz standd, az ɖ Cnsrṿtivz dd in 2015, hz léd t mor ɖn a miłn ny homz biyñ bilt t lowr eṇji ifiśnsi ɖn ɖe wd uɖ̇wz hv hd, rzultñ in hayr bilz fr ɖoz livñ in ɖm.

Ɖr z smʈñ dīpli cnfyzd abt ɖ Becr-MCinle atac on grīn leviz az a brdn on purr ppl, ẃn ɖoz leviz hv pleid a sgnificnt part in cīpñ eṇjibilz dǎn. Wind n solr jeṇretrz in ɖ last qortr v 2021, far fṛm biyñ a ćarj on bilz, acć̣li cntribytd £160m t lowrñ ɖm. Frɖrmr, ɖ MPz’ s’pozd cnsrn fr ɖ līst wel-of in ssayti dd’nt stop ɖm votñ ɖs munʈ fr a ny “grīn” levi t fnans ńclir pǎr steśnz ɖt wl pt bilz p.

In eni ces, az hz frīqntli bn pôntd ǎt bî eṇji xprts, globl gasprîsz r oṿẃlmñli rsponsbl fr ɖ spîc in eṇjibilz, nt grīn leviz. Becr n MCinle n ɖer ilc r peyñ mor atnśn t eṇjilobiists ɖn ɖ marcits. Ẃ els wd ɖe b argywñ fr mor fracñ or frɖr Norʈ Sì gas invstmnt, s’pozidli t drîv bilz dǎn, ẃn ɖe nǒ ɖt eni gas pṛdyst wd sel at tde’z globl gasprîsz n simpli fīd windfōl profits?

Bt ɖr z a growñ risc ɖt in hiz eḟts t cīp hiz job ɖ prîm̦inistr wl b tmtd t ad grīn leviz or Britn’z clîṃțargits t ɖ “red mìt” biyñ ʈroun t ɖ Becr-MCinle grūṗskl, t ɖ cnsrn v clîṃtdipḷmats sć az ɖ arc̣tect v ɖ Paris agrīmnt, Laurence Tubiana.

Ɖ guvnmnt wd d betr t tec its îdịlojicl ft ǎt v its mǎʈ n cīp its maṇfstopromis t spend £9bn v public muni on ɖ eṇji ifiśnsi ɖt wd acć̣li hlp cnsymrz az wel az ɖ planit.

Caṛlîn Lūc̣s z ɖ Grīn MP fr Braitn Pviłn

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