UK Government Climate Czar Busting Covid Quarantines, Flights to 6 Countries on the Red List

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t William L – Rules are only for the little people? In a breathtaking act of COP26 Covid hypocrisy, Bojo’s Climate Czar Alok Sharma has had a flight schedule which makes an utter mockery of travel restrictions, and potentially puts British lives at risk.

Government climate tsar criticised for avoiding quarantine

Alok Sharma has criticised for avoiding quarantine on his return from a series of red list countries.

The Government’s climate tsar has travelled tens of thousands of miles over the past seven months to conduct business ahead of the Cop26 summit, but he has not had to quarantine in hotels after being in at least six red list countries because of a ministerial exemption.

However, Downing Street sought to defend the Cop26 president’s international travel and said it was within the rules for him to avoid quarantine on his return to the UK.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “As Cop26 president, Alok Sharma is leading climate negotiations with countries including major emitters to cut emissions and secure ambitious action ahead of the Cop26 summit.

“The majority of this work is done remotely but some travel to key countries for face-to-face talks is essential.”

The spokesman added: “Ministers conducting essential travel such as this are exempted from quarantine, as set out in the rules.”

Read more (paywalled): https://telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/08/06/governments-climate-tsar-flew-30-countries-seven-months/

I wonder what kind of climate negotiations are so sensitive they can’t be conducted via teleconferencing?

If BoJo’s government is so willing to flout Covid rules when it suits them, what kind of omni-shambles will the Glasgow Covid26 event itself be?

Would you want to shake Alok’s hand if you met him, after his rapid series of visits to all those high risk countries? Or breath the same air as his advisors?

And what does it say to families who have been denied final visits to loved ones, if special people like Alok Sharma don’t even have to observe quarantine rules?

The physical COP26 event should be cancelled, or at the very least revised as an online event.

And for goodness sake someone please explain to Alok Sharma how teleconferencing works, so he doesn’t have to keep making excuses about why he and his advisors have to expose everyone in Britain and the nations he visits, to new Covid strains from red list countries.

Or perhaps Alok Sharma could come clean on exactly why some sensitive COP26 climate negotiations have to be conducted in person.

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Patrick MJD
August 6, 2021 10:18 pm

Covid restrictions do not affect people with money. The rich, the famous, politicians, police etc etc. Ordinary plebs, sorry, I mean citizens, have to comply with, unlawful, restrictions and travel bans.

This is not going to end well for those who implemented these “rules”.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 7, 2021 12:11 am

Our glorious Australian PM was happy to swan around in the UK, having lovely pub lunches with photo opportunities, and checking out his ancestors (vital stuff that).

Meanwhile, us plebs are not allowed out of our own country. The only country apart from North Korea that imposes this draconian measure. Even New Zealand that has managed zero new cases are not so draconian.

In fact, while, for a few measly weeks, we were allowed to travel to New Zealand, people actually figured out they could fly there, and then go wherever they wanted. Of course our glorious PM then decided that anyone doing that would cop a $10,000 fine.

I’m not sure if that was before, after, or during his little sojourn in the uk.

I’m pretty sure that Australia is the only nation that has ever actually lost a head of state. Why can’t we do it again?

Last edited 1 month ago by Zig Zag Wanderer
Richard Page
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
August 7, 2021 5:32 am

Australia has never lost a head of state. It lost a PM once but he was only the head of government not head of state. Arguably the Australian head of state is either the Queen or the Governor-general and neither of them got lost.
Ps – please tell us how to permanently lose a PM? We have BoJo now, you see?

Last edited 1 month ago by Richard Page
Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Richard Page
August 7, 2021 7:14 am

Our head of state gets lost everytime he goes to the bathroom.
“I keep forgetting I’m the President.”, Joe Biden
https://youtu.be/G6SBcb9KXYc

Bill Powers
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
August 7, 2021 8:33 am

The doors to the WH are guarded so he can’t get to far or do too much damage. They worry when he is out in public. They always find him mingling about introducing himself to attractive ladies.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
August 7, 2021 8:53 am

“Governor who?”, Joe said, seeking to make fun of Florida Governor DeSantis.

DeSantis replied he wasn’t surprised that Biden could not remember him.

MarkW
Reply to  Tom Abbott
August 7, 2021 9:21 am

The left got so upset with Trump, every time he would get into a verbal tussle with some Democrat governor or other.
At the time they declared that such actions were beneath the dignity of the president.
Now that we have a Democrat president and it’s a Republican governor, the left is cheering the president on.

If the left didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  MarkW
August 8, 2021 5:56 am

“If the left didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all.”

Absolutely right.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
August 7, 2021 9:37 am

What’s more frightening than Resident Biden is that we’re one faint heartbeat away from the phrase President Harris.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rich Davis
August 8, 2021 5:59 am

Yes, that does worry me. Kamala is not presidential material. I believe she *is* “dictatorial” material. I think there is a tyrant hiding behind that smile. Look at how badly she treats her staff. She would be treating all of us like that if she were in a position to do so, imo. No, we don’t want Kamala as our president.

PaulH
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
August 7, 2021 7:24 am

Sadly, it appears that Australia is on the verge of becoming a failed state.

Editor
Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 7, 2021 1:23 am

Surely the obvious thing is to hope restrictions are still in Place in November and the whole of the 25000 COP26 delegates will have to go into isolation for 10 days?

I am looking for extremely poor accommodation providers. Tiny caravans, remote crofts on rain lashed island and tents will fill the bill.

Any providers out there?

Juan Slayton
Reply to  tonyb
August 7, 2021 1:34 am

Contact Sheriff Joe Arpaio….

Rich Davis
Reply to  Juan Slayton
August 7, 2021 9:41 am

Sheriff Joe’s Bonny Bread and Breakfast—Pink underwear and all the haggis you can choke down.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  tonyb
August 7, 2021 7:51 am

Apparently they are anticipating up to 30,000 will be going to Glasgow for the COP but only around 4000 of those will be the ones involved in the actual negotiations.

The rest are obviously going in order to soak up the amazing sunshine in Glasgow in December!

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Dave Andrews
August 7, 2021 8:34 am

What Californians call “liquid sunshine.”

Rhys Jaggar
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
August 8, 2021 12:08 am

The Californians can experience a ‘proper el Nino December’ without needing the el Nino to return…..

Rhys Jaggar
Reply to  tonyb
August 8, 2021 12:07 am

Gruinard island is, I believe, somewhat underpopulated at present….

alastair gray
Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 7, 2021 1:41 am

We the ‘umble prefer to be designated proles rather than plebs if that is all right with you.
It gives us a nice cosy feeling of the security of the jackboots of our betters on our faces.

Richard Page
Reply to  alastair gray
August 7, 2021 5:36 am

I thought we was all about solidarity with the rest of the population (except Londoners) and had decided on ‘downtrodden masses’?

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  alastair gray
August 7, 2021 5:16 pm

G’Day Alastair,

“… proles rather than plebs…”

I heard the word “pee-ons” used. (Spelling?)

Joao Martins
Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 7, 2021 3:44 am

“This is not going to end well for those who implemented these “rules”.”

Well, wishful thinking… but I am with you, I also hope the same.

TonyG
Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 7, 2021 4:45 pm

“This is not going to end well for those who implemented these “rules””

I’m not so sure about that. Whenever I see this sort of thing mentioned, about half the responses are people defending the hypocrite and often the hypocrisy as well.

John the Econ
August 6, 2021 10:22 pm

We’re now living “Animal Farm” in realtime.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  John the Econ
August 7, 2021 12:13 am

You got that right

alastair gray
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
August 7, 2021 1:43 am

more 1984, but we wail from the same minaret you and I

Alan the Brit
Reply to  alastair gray
August 7, 2021 4:25 am

I agree but I prefer V for Vendetta, my favourite scene is at the end when Evie sends the deceased V in the underground train packed with explosives to travel to the HoP, then blows the whole shebang to pieces!!! It ought to send a shiver up the spines of our leaders, assuming they actually have a conscience!!!

John Bell
Reply to  Alan the Brit
August 7, 2021 7:53 am

I wish we had such power, something needs to be done, to send a message.

Rory Forbes
August 6, 2021 10:35 pm

As long as they’re unvaccinated they’ll be just fine … not so much if they haven’t. Covid is as much of a political game as “climate change”. Remember, they have all the inside info on the disease so clearly they know something us plebes don’t.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Rory Forbes
August 7, 2021 12:03 am

You need to learn what irony looks like when you read it.

fretslider
Reply to  Rory Forbes
August 7, 2021 1:58 am

Did you congratulate Fauci et al?

Reply to  Rory Forbes
August 7, 2021 5:31 am

I don’t know anything of the sort. You are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts. If you are going to pontificate on these matters your evidence and your qualifications would be useful.

Failing both you deserve to be treated like every other troll.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Rory Forbes
August 7, 2021 8:40 am

One of the downsides of WUWT is that it attracts more than its share of wingnuts.

MarkW
Reply to  Rory Forbes
August 7, 2021 10:41 am

Sharing a few sequences with a similar organism is not as surprising as you want to believe.
Remember humans share about 95% of our DNA with chimpanzees.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  MarkW
August 7, 2021 10:56 am

I believe it’s closer to 98.8% … but this could be an exception 🙂

LdB
Reply to  Rory Forbes
August 7, 2021 11:19 pm

We share 70% with a mice and perhaps a little closer for some.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  LdB
August 7, 2021 11:35 pm

I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising. We share something like 60% with fruit flies. I guess some people are fruitier than others.

george1st:)
August 6, 2021 10:36 pm

Incentives for votes do not work over zoom or skype .
Face to face and a diplomatically unsearched briefcase does wonders .

Rich Davis
Reply to  george1st:)
August 7, 2021 9:50 am

There’s always bitcoin

Coeur de Lion
August 6, 2021 11:05 pm

Shift of theme. What was Sharma doing at these meetings? What was said? “Look, red country, you must do much more to impoverish your people like we in Britain have promised. Keep up for the planet’s sake”. Red country “Eff off”

H B
August 6, 2021 11:49 pm

Do they sense that climate charade is being exposed time for threats and bribes

Vincent Causey
August 6, 2021 11:56 pm

Neo feudalism.

lee
August 7, 2021 12:07 am

“The rules for thee are not for me”

MarkW
Reply to  lee
August 7, 2021 8:08 am

The totalitarian way

Zig Zag Wanderer
August 7, 2021 12:16 am

So the UK managing to continually reduce infections, hospitalisations and deaths, after most are vaccinated and all social restrictions have been removed, is not real?

Last edited 1 month ago by Zig Zag Wanderer
Jay Willis
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
August 7, 2021 2:58 am

They waited until the infection rate was past the peak before vaccinations. Hooray. They worked.

MarkW
Reply to  Jay Willis
August 7, 2021 8:05 am

What makes you believe that the infection rate was peaking prior to the vaccines being introduced?

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
August 7, 2021 3:52 am

oh the reductions are real enough
but more to true herd immunity from real covid than vaccines it would seem
over 60% or more of young ones tested showed antibodies
natural ones from having a non noticed covid dose

MarkW
Reply to  ozspeaksup
August 7, 2021 8:06 am

Herd immunity with infection rates of less than 10%?

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
August 7, 2021 5:27 pm

G’Day Mark,

“…covid just keeps cycling till everyone is dead.”

Interesting. William H McNeill in “Plagues and Peoples” estimates 100 to 150 years (six generations) before a ‘novel’ virus becomes an endemic childhood disease.

fretslider
August 7, 2021 12:48 am

Welcome to the new feudalism

Ben Vorlich
August 7, 2021 1:09 am

Not only that but Bojo has upset people in former coal mining areas by joking about pit closures. These former mining constituences have voted labour for a 100 years and changed at the last election on the back of supporting Brexit and neglect by the London left.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boris-johnson-mine-closures-joke-b1898337.html

Then on his way home from Scotland, where he’s never been flavour of the month this happened, for the second time in a month.

Boris Johnson will not isolate after Covid case among staff

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58123017

But at the moment he’s still teflon coated, for some reason the British public, or a large proportion of them love him despite the fact in previous times he’d be regarded as beyond the pale

fretslider
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 7, 2021 1:17 am

If Thatcher was wrong to close the pits then the left should welcome a new mine in Cumbria…

Editor
Reply to  fretslider
August 7, 2021 1:24 am

Harold Wilson closed far more pits than Thatcher.

fretslider
Reply to  tonyb
August 7, 2021 1:48 am

He gets a free pass Always has

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  tonyb
August 7, 2021 4:31 am

The left brought down a democratically elected government lead by Edward Heath. Thatcher detested the very idea that such an anti-democratic act could occur. She merely exacted the Conservatives revenge on the trade union riddled workforce by systematically taking on each union in turn & breaking it!!!

Jay Willis
Reply to  fretslider
August 7, 2021 3:04 am

“If Thatcher was wrong to close the pits then the left should welcome a new mine in Cumbria…”
Indeed. Proper jobs and coal for steelmaking. Opposition to that mine was beyond stupid.

Nick Graves
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 7, 2021 1:32 am

FWIW, his ‘ratings’ are apparently at an all-time low.

Won’t prevent him being permanent ‘Reichskanzler’ until the ’emergency’ ends…when the Eurasians are defeated.

Gerald the Mole
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 7, 2021 3:38 am

Just look at the alternative. Has ever an opposition let down the electorate like this before.

Richard Page
Reply to  Gerald the Mole
August 7, 2021 5:45 am

Exactly – which is why, after years of anti-Blairite rhetoric, Starmer has praised Blair and decided to reimagine the far left Labour as a Blairite Labour party. Given that the Conservative party is more like a Blairite government, it’s going to get crowded as they both fight over the same part of the political spectrum. UK politics is going beyond farcical.

August 7, 2021 1:18 am

I disagree on the COP26 cancellation. I think all the delegates deserve to go enjoy Glasgow’s fine December climate experience.

fretslider
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
August 7, 2021 1:28 am

In November!

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
August 7, 2021 2:03 am

I hear the haggis is exceptionally good that time of year.

Disputin
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
August 7, 2021 3:28 am

You can’t hunt haggis then – it’s the close season!

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Disputin
August 7, 2021 7:23 am

“It’s duck season.”
“It’s rabbit season.”

Peter D
August 7, 2021 2:10 am

Sorry, have to say it. Obviously the Super Elite are immune from infection. What is there secret? Why can’t they share there secret recipe?

Joao Martins
Reply to  Peter D
August 7, 2021 3:47 am

The secret is simple: some pigs are more pigs than the other pigs…

Richard Page
Reply to  Peter D
August 7, 2021 5:51 am

The secret is that the government are the ones behind project fear to force us to comply, not subject to it. They know that isolating people at this stage would do bugger all good and have no effect whatsoever on case numbers or deaths which is why they ignore it when it’s inconvenient for them.

B Clarke
August 7, 2021 3:23 am

wonder what kind of climate negotiations are so sensitive they can’t be conducted via teleconferencing?”

Brown envelopes, threats face to face, all things that won’t be recorded.

Rhys Jaggar
Reply to  B Clarke
August 8, 2021 12:13 am

They are recorded, every public building world wide has bugs in the walls which Security Services monitor.

ozspeaksup
August 7, 2021 3:30 am

even the abc here managed to mention this idiocy
such a “special”fella
positive test might sort that out

Joao Martins
August 7, 2021 3:43 am

He belongs to the new Nomenklatura…

Vanessa
August 7, 2021 3:45 am

I hope the whole of the cabinet get Covid and ALL DIE of it. Can’t come soon enough.

Richard Page
Reply to  Vanessa
August 7, 2021 5:52 am

No. I hope the whole of the cabinet live long lives where they can be held accountable for their actions and mistakes.

AndyHce
Reply to  Richard Page
August 8, 2021 9:43 pm

has that ever happened?

ozspeaksup
August 7, 2021 3:50 am

summary
kiss your ass goodbye with present Mab or vaccines being much use at all

Andy Pattullo
August 7, 2021 7:13 am

Hypocrisy is their brand. Fits well. Unscientific, made up rules about a mostly benign pandemic where the majority of harm is caused by government policy, exceptions to the rules for any one on the inside who might be inconvenienced as they tour the globe harvesting support and funds for an entirely made up climate emergency that they will personally profit from without providing a single useful service to society, while impoverishing the least powerful and most vulnerable in society. There isn’t a cave cold enough, dark enough, or wet enough to send these folks for the rest of their useless days.

Richard Page
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
August 7, 2021 7:23 am

“There isn’t a cave cold enough, dark enough, or wet enough to send these folks for the rest of their useless days.” Hmm – you ever been to Glasgow?

niceguy
August 7, 2021 7:24 am

In France we have too many BoJo promoters. They think he is a “UK first” guy!

Dave Andrews
Reply to  niceguy
August 7, 2021 7:58 am

Bojo has never been anything but a “Bojo first” guy.

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MarkW
August 7, 2021 7:59 am

The pictures of mask demanding liberals who have been caught in public settings without masks are becoming legion here in the US.
Even AOC was recently caught removing her mask at a recent campaign event as soon as the publicity photos had been taken.

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MarkW
August 7, 2021 8:04 am

Why am I not surprised to find that you are an anti-vaxxer as well.
Do you also believe that the earth is flat?

MarkW
Reply to  MarkW
August 7, 2021 10:40 am

It’s as obvious as your proof that we are past peak oil.
In other words, what is obvious to you, is not for a sane person.

Olen
August 7, 2021 8:32 am

Anointed and sainted people don’t have disease. I wonder if he and his entourage glow.

John Kerry said it, his work is so important the travel is justified. Important to who?

AndyHce
Reply to  Olen
August 8, 2021 9:45 pm

There is considerable evidence that some fairly simple treatments, frequently banned to the general public, work quite well, so what do the insiders have to worry about?

Ted
August 7, 2021 4:58 pm

“I wonder what kind of climate negotiations are so sensitive they can’t be conducted via teleconferencing?”
Wire transfers are traceable. Even Chief Wiggum of The Simpsons knows the first rule of negotiating with government officials – “Cash Bribes Only”.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Ted
August 7, 2021 7:55 pm

It’s more about communications and what is said
Teleconferences are recorded.
They all learned from Mickey Mann and climate gate, don’t leave a trail that can be followed

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