Some have recently suggested that UKIP has a coherent environmental policy. Well, a few UKIP supporters have, anyway. I’ve written previously about the bizarre views of UKIP’s environment spokesperson Andrew Charalambous aka Dr Earth.
And then there’s UKIP’s MEP and agriculture spokesman Stuart Agnew, who notoriously expressed alarm that climate change action would suck so much Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere that plants would not grow.
Yesterday the European Parliament considered a report into the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, and in particular the European Commission’s review of the Nature Directives, the Birds and Habitats Directives. The Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of the report, which highlighted the need for Europe to do much more to protect its biodiversity, and to strengthen the implementation of the Nature Directives.
The vote was 592 MEPs in favour of the findings of the report, with 54 against; and 45 abstentions.
I was interested to see who were the 54 who voted against; 18 of the 54 were from the UK. They were:
the ECR group: James Nicholson – Ulster Unionist
the ENF group: Janice Atkinson former UKIP, who has now joined forces with neofascists, the French national front.
the EFDD group: Stuart Agnew UKIP, Tim Aker UKIP, Jonathan Arnott UKIP, Gerard Batten UKIP, David Coburn UKIP, Bill Etheridge UKIP, Nigel Farage UKIP, Ray Finch UKIP, Nathan Gill UKIP, Roger Helmer UKIP, Mike Hookem UKIP, Diane James UKIP, Paul Nuttall UKIP, Patrick O’Flynn, Margot Parker UKIP, Jill Seymour UKIP.
Interestingly three MEPs from UKIP, William Earl of Dartmouth, Julia Reid and Jim Carver, abstained.
So a third of those who voted against doing more for nature across Europe, were from the UK and almost all of these were from UKIP.
This shows very clearly how much UKIP cares about nature.
If you care about nature and have a UKIP MEP in your area, why not let them know what you think about their attitude towards nature.