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Hot topic: Are they softening us up for climate change lockdowns?


THE sort of restrictions on normal life brought in to fight coronavirus could also be used to tackle climate change, according to Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

While not spelling out his plan in detail, it was taken as referring to the now depressingly familiar routine of lockdowns, quarantines and face masks.

Speaking to his counterparts from the G7 leading industrial nations, Sir Lindsay said the pandemic shows people are prepared to accept limitations on their lifestyles if they recognise it is for the greater good.

He added that he was surprised by the willingness of millions to wear masks and accept new rules. ‘No one could ever imagine we would be so compliant.’

So is he right? Would you be ready to be locked down in the cause of climate change, which is still a massively controversial concept? Or is Sir Lindsay spouting a load of hot air? Discuss!

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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