Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to outgoing COP26 conference manager Claire Perry O’Neill, “Whitehall “can’t cope” with an Indy cop unit.”.
Climate change: UK sacks its UN conference president
By David Shukman Science editor
1 February 2020
In a surprise move, the woman appointed to run the crucial UN climate summit in Glasgow in November has been sacked.
Claire Perry O’Neill, a former climate minister, had been assigned the post of “president” of the event, known as COP 26.
The British government has confirmed that the job will now be handled by the business department, Beis.
In a tweet, Mrs O’Neill said she was “very sad” to lose the role, and went on to criticise the government.
It couldn’t “cope” with an independent unit managing preparations for the conference, she said.
And in a sharp dig at No 10’s green credentials, she also added: “A shame we haven’t had one climate cabinet meeting since we formed.”
Very sad that that the role I was offered by @BorisJohnson last year has now been rescinded as Whitehall “can’t cope” with an Indy cop unit. A shame we haven’t had one Climate cabinet meeting since we formed. Wishing the cop team every blessing in the climate recovery emergency.— COP26President (@Cop26President) January 31, 2020
In response, a Cabinet Office statement said the prime minister thanked Mrs O’Neill for her work so far.
“Preparations will continue at pace for the summit, and a replacement will be confirmed shortly,” it said.
“Going forward, this will be a ministerial role.”
The BBC story goes on to discuss alleged disarray and infighting over the COP26 conference, scheduled to occur in Glasgow in November this year, with British government ministers fighting behind closed doors for control of the conference.
What a shame. Claire’s uncompromising green fanaticism promised to make her a thoroughly entertaining COP chair, like putting an older version of Greta Thunberg in charge. She had already made a good start with a traditional “last chance” announcement. I had high hopes for lots more fun as the year progressed.
Now the British Government will probably pass the job of managing the conference over to someone boring.