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Actress Joanna Lumley Calls For Rationing and Social Climate Credits

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Joanna Lumley, whose glamorous high flying lifestyle includes long holidays in Bhutan, the Swiss Alps, and at least one trip on the Trans Siberian Railway, wants ordinary people’s leisure activities and travel to be restricted by a climate rationing system.

Joanna Lumley says wartime-style rationing could help solve climate crisis

Actor proposes system under which people would have limited points to spend on holidays and luxury items

Nadia Khomami 
Arts and culture correspondent
@nadiakhomamiTue 26 Oct 2021 10.01 AEDT

Joanna Lumley has suggested that a system of rationing similar to that seen during wartime, under which people would have a limited number of points to spend on holidays or lavish consumer goods, could eventually help to tackle the climate crisis.

The Absolutely Fabulous actor, who has long campaigned against single-use plastic, said legislation could be the only way to curb the amount of waste produced by the public. “These are tough times, and I think there’s got to be legislation,” she told the Radio Times.

“That was how the war was – stuff was rationed – and at some stage I think we might have to go back to some kind of system of rationing, where you’re given a certain number of points and it’s up to you how to spend them, whether it’s buying a bottle of whisky or flying in an aeroplane.”

Lumley, who has been involved in conservation work, said that while many people remained poor, it was largely “the western world that stuffs its face and chucks stuff away”.

“Perhaps people have got to think a bit harder,” she said. “Maybe more of our holidays should be at home or taking trains, and not hopping on a plane to Magaluf for the weekend … Every plastic bottle you don’t buy, every piece of litter you pick up, every piece of meat you don’t eat, every small thing counts.”

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Joanna Lumley famously played a dissolute hedonist in the hit series “Absolutely Fabulous“.

I understand Joanna’s call for climate rationing. When someone lives a life as privileged as Joanna Lumley, why would they want ordinary people cluttering up their favourite Swiss ski slope?

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October 27, 2021 10:03 am

Moron- Flush

Reply to  Qapitalist
October 27, 2021 12:30 pm

Cheese ages better.

Reply to  Scissor
October 27, 2021 2:30 pm

Dogs age better…

Reply to  ATheoK
October 27, 2021 4:26 pm

Cheese a dog.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  BobM
October 27, 2021 7:59 pm

Nice one!

Bryan A
Reply to  Mike McMillan
October 27, 2021 8:26 pm

So long as those of her ilk receive no more annual points than those of the least fortunate.

Reply to  BobM
October 28, 2021 3:07 am

Gracefully surrender the things of youth: birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan.
And let not the sands of time get in your lunch.
Hire people with hooks.
For a good time, call 606-4311. Ask for Ken.
Take heart in the bedeepening gloom
That your dog is finally getting enough cheese.
And reflect that whatever fortune may be your lot,
It could only be worse in Milwaukee.

Reply to  Scissor
October 27, 2021 6:10 pm

Must be a fan of Prince Charles, who runs his car on cheese and wine.

Reply to  aussiecol
October 28, 2021 4:05 am

Who cut the cheese?

Reply to  aussiecol
October 28, 2021 10:47 am

Be fair: just one of his cars!

October 27, 2021 10:06 am

Just as soon as they figure out prop guns on sets and the value of the Bolivar.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 27, 2021 1:22 pm

My conspiratory inclined neighbour pointed me to Wikipedia:
Halyna Hutchins, Ukrainian grew up in the Russian city of Murmansk, on a Soviet military base in the Arctic, where her father served in the Soviet Navy. She called herself an “army brat – quote from wikipedia
Apparently this might be a bit troublesome for an Ukrainian (considering the current Ukraine-Russia relations) on a temp work in the USA having had great deal of the insider knowledge of the top Russian military base.

Reply to  Vuk
October 27, 2021 2:11 pm

Murmansk is a Russian Navy submarine base, found this on you tube.

Reply to  Vuk
October 27, 2021 2:20 pm

How would the child of a sailor “have a great deal of knowledge” of a military base?
Just living on a base wouldn’t tell you anything satellites couldn’t find out more easily.

Reply to  MarkW
October 27, 2021 2:33 pm

No idea, I’m not Ukrainian and never lived on a Russian military base, I assume most valuable information would be names of serving officers.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  Vuk
October 27, 2021 5:23 pm

G’Day Vuk

 “…names of serving officers.”

It is/was called “Order of Battle”. When you know who you’re up against, you have some idea of how they will conduct a battle. (You might recall from the movie “Patton”, the exclamation, “I read your book!” – would be an example.)

(For three of my four years in the Australian Army Cadet Corps in the 1950’s I was trained in the “Duties of an Intelligence Officer at Battalion level”.)

John Tillman
Reply to  Vuk
October 27, 2021 5:33 pm

She lived on the base a long time ago.

We know the names of former Soviet admirals and many lower ranking naval officers.

Gregory Woods
October 27, 2021 10:08 am

Joanna who?

Climate believer
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 27, 2021 10:46 am

If ever I need a solution to a worldwide problem, I always ask an actor. If I can’t find an actor I’ll look for a pop singer, they also have amazing insights into hugely complex questions.

Reply to  Climate believer
October 27, 2021 12:49 pm

I’m smarter than you.

I always ask swedish teenage dwarfs who complain about stolen childhoods while travelling around the world on a 5 million dollar yacht.

charles nelson
Reply to  Climate believer
October 27, 2021 12:52 pm

I get most of my firearms handling advice from actors.

Reply to  charles nelson
October 27, 2021 1:01 pm

I’m learning how to kill someone in front of cameras/witnesses and get away with it.
got to get my SAG (screen actors guild) membership first.

Reply to  Climate believer
October 27, 2021 1:39 pm

What about would be ballet dancers?

bill Johnston
Reply to  Vuk
October 27, 2021 3:58 pm

List, please.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Climate believer
October 27, 2021 2:31 pm

In Australia, state premiers ask lawyers how to deal with a pandemic. Same same!

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Climate believer
October 27, 2021 7:22 pm

Manhattan bartenders apparently have economic analytic abilities to rival Milton Friedman.

John Tillman
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 27, 2021 10:53 am

How dare she?

What a nitwit!

4E Douglas
Reply to  John Tillman
October 27, 2021 11:12 am

She lost me when she replaced Diana Rigg
On the Avengers.

Ron Long
Reply to  4E Douglas
October 27, 2021 12:03 pm

Diana Rigg is not still on the Avengers? Where have I been?

Gregory Woods
Reply to  4E Douglas
October 27, 2021 12:18 pm

You got that right. Diana Rigg really turned me on…

Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 27, 2021 12:34 pm

It was the boots.

Reply to  mkelly
October 27, 2021 2:34 pm

What boots?
Never looked at her feet.

Reply to  ATheoK
October 27, 2021 4:30 pm

Beat me to it. Definitely was not the boots.

Richard Page
Reply to  4E Douglas
October 27, 2021 12:35 pm

But she didn’t replace Diana Rigg on the Avengers – that was Linda Thorson (Tara King). Joanna Lumley was in the New Avengers, quite a different show altogether.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Gregory Woods
October 27, 2021 2:06 pm

I remember her from that show, both the adult women were morons, constantly drunk or high, living in a fantasy world. The daughter was the only one with any sense. It was popular on public television in the States but I never understood why. Keeping Up Appearances was superior.

Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 27, 2021 2:40 pm

My five year old son nicknamed the central actress on “Keeping up Appearances”, the demon lady.

That was back when the local PBS channel thought “Keeping up Appearances” was overwhelmingly popular.
Though PBS was unable to point to a legitimate customer survey. KuA was dead time during their telephone fundraisers with sleepy call takers looking miserable on live TV.
I suspect the BBC let them have KuA episodes on discount.

Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 27, 2021 4:46 pm

You are remembering her from Absolutely Fabulous, not the New Avengers. AbFab was a comedy show and a good one. The whole point was the alcohol dependence and them being morons, with the daughter acting out the mother role. That was the whole basis of the comedy. Falling out the taxi door onto the ground when she came home. It was a classic comedy and I think you’ve had a humour bypass. Keeping Up Appearances was much more traditional sitcom fayre and not a classic.

Reply to  kzb
October 28, 2021 12:59 am

You are right. Two morons, apparently impossibly rich, were stoned drunk causing them to make a mess of everything.

Even in fantasy land, people learn to avoid such boorish incompetent meddlers who bring disaster to everything.

One episode of morons stoned drunk ruining everything around them might be funny.
Two episodes get boring.
Three episodes and the question becomes, “surely, there is something better”?

Yes, the daughter played a perfect straight man. She was the only thing good about that show

I lived through the beatnik/hippie/freaks eras. Stoned human wrecks were common and definitely people to avoid.

Those that drank to excess were in worse shape/ability and far likelier to die young. Far too many who refused to stop drinking turned out to be mean drunks. No fun to be around.


You might have liked AbFab. I had better things to do during that time.
To think that the BBC made Joanna Lumley rich, entitled and whom desires to share her condescending malevolent thoughts with us peons.

I wish they showed more ‘Dave Allen at Large.’

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  kzb
October 28, 2021 1:27 am

Sorry, there is nothing funny about adults behaving like children, forcing a child to become a parent. I’ve never been amused by the antics of drunks.

Alan M
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
October 28, 2021 5:56 am

Sorry Pamela but Ab Fab was hilarious, are you expressing the difference between British type humour and American lack there of, just asking

Alan M
Reply to  Alan M
October 28, 2021 6:24 am

Meant to add, JL has lost the plot here. But Ab Fab was absolutely hilarious, a totally “piss take” or did you miss that. Written by the very creative Saunders and French, probably two of the best comedians in the last 20 yrs

Richard Page
Reply to  Alan M
October 28, 2021 8:09 am

No. French and Saunders were good writers but I never cared for their performance. Victoria Wood and Julie Walters were better on their off days than French and Saunders at their very best.

Alan M
Reply to  Richard Page
October 29, 2021 7:31 am

Again you don’t get it

October 27, 2021 10:09 am

Rationing for thee, not me.

Reply to  markl
October 27, 2021 11:11 am

I very much doubt that Ms Lumley would come out with such garbage if she had spent her vacation time in the UK in recent years- and I don’t mean staying in friends holiday home for free.
holidaying in the UK is eyewateringly expensive, and even after the expense tends to be pretty rubbish – this is probably the reason why most Brits long to get away to foreign shores- and as a bonus if you venture down to the Mediteranean you are most likely to see the sun.

October 27, 2021 10:13 am

The British STARTED bread rationing in 1946 and potato rationing in 1947. British rationing lasted until 1955. Some people love misery!

Charles Higley
Reply to  JOHN T. SHEA
October 27, 2021 10:23 am

When I was in Europe in the late 50s and 60s, they were still rationing butter, giving two little pats for four people at breakfast and always marmalade, which is my opinion is made from kitchen scraps.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Charles Higley
October 27, 2021 12:23 pm

You can’t be serious. Breakfast without marmalade just isn’t breakfast!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Charles Higley
October 27, 2021 4:27 pm

marmalade, which is my opinion is made from kitchen scraps.

Interestingly, it was invented because of a need to use a whole shipload of bitter oranges from Spain. Some guy decided to try boiling them up with some sugar. The result took off.

Richard S Courtney
Reply to  JOHN T. SHEA
October 27, 2021 10:37 am

John T Shea,

The British don’t “love misery” but they had to start paying-off ‘Lease-Lend’ to the US when WW2 ended. The UK continued to pay until the debt and interest on it were finally payed-off in 2006. Meanwhile reconstruction of blitzed Britain was required. These were necessary if the country was to survive and so food was a luxury that needed to be distributed fairly.

Please remember that the USA was the only country in the world that made a financial profit from WW2, and Britain was almost bankrupted by it. Also, US companies owned factories that provided to the Axis war machine and when the war ended they claimed (unsuccessfully) the US government should pay them reparations for the damage those American factories had suffered from the Allied air forces. Some people profit from misery.


Reply to  Richard S Courtney
October 27, 2021 12:06 pm

I’m willing to bet that those who were running the rationing system, weren’t having their food rationed.

Reply to  MarkW
October 27, 2021 2:22 pm

Even during the war, Churchill didn’t look like he’d missed a lot of meals.

Reply to  Richard S Courtney
October 27, 2021 12:53 pm

Your assertion about the US making a profit from WWII is not correct.

“Five countries owe about 97 percent of the $1.2 billion unpaid. They are the Soviet Union ($678.8 million), Britain ($325.5 million), China ($116.1 million), Indonesia ($26.4 million) and Iran ($23.3 million).”

Further, from the article Britain still owes over 12 billion from WWI.

Reply to  mkelly
October 27, 2021 5:32 pm

The dateline on the article in that link is 1988.

Reply to  BobM
October 28, 2021 7:31 am

Britain paid off its ww1 debt in 2015 and ww2 debt in 2006, this article is dated 1988 so over 30 years out of date.

Reply to  Richard S Courtney
October 27, 2021 1:26 pm

Britain got 4 times as much as Germany under the Marshall Plan and what did they do? Speculate.
Meanwhile Germany reconstructed from nothing and powered ahead.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Richard S Courtney
October 27, 2021 2:21 pm

The British Empire more or less funded the war for the Allies. Over and above Britain’s enormous lend-lease debt to the US, she also “shared” some of the most valuable technology at no cost and lost benefits for the future.

Reply to  Richard S Courtney
October 27, 2021 3:20 pm

Do you mean to say that the US was the only country among the combatants and ravaged nations to make a financial profit?
Portugal ended the War wealthier than at the commencement.
Haven’t yet checked Sweden, Spain and Switzerland but the neutrals obviously were able to benefit both from the Axis and the Allies.

Richard S Courtney
Reply to  Herbert
October 28, 2021 1:07 am


There is a difference between
( a) remaining neutral so not getting involved while continuing normal economic activity
(b) profiting from the war.
The US showed it understood that difference by ‘coming late to the party’ of both world wars when it attempted to remain neutral for years after each world war broke out.

When it became clear which side would ‘win’ WW1 the US joined in to gain the benefits of being on the winning side. And the US was forced to get involved in WW2 by a Japanese attack followed by Japan’s ally Germany declaring war on the US.


Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Richard S Courtney
October 28, 2021 8:12 am

Richard Courtney posted:

“When it became clear which side would ‘win’ WW1 the US joined in to gain the benefits of being on the winning side.”

So, Richard, please tell me exactly when, and to which US decision-maker, the side that was going to win WW1 became clear.

Also, history recalls that the US declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941—thus officially getting “involved in WW2” (your words)—three days before Germany declared war on the US (December 11, 1941) and the US responded later the same day with a declaration of war on Germany.

Your revisionist history doesn’t gain any traction with me. 

As for your assertion of “the benefits of being on the winning side”, I’m curious at to what value you yourself place on a single human life lost during warfare? Please multiply that value by the estimated 53,400 US combat deaths during WW1 and the 291,600 US combat deaths during WW2 (ref: ).

Against these calculations please cite your list of economic “benefits” (the top three in each case will do).

John Endicott
Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
November 1, 2021 9:34 am

revisionist history is the only history socialist/communists deal in.

Reply to  Richard S Courtney
October 27, 2021 8:00 pm

Please remember that the USA was the only country in the world that the warmongering Europeans ran to — twice — when they needed help to stop slaughtering each other. In the process, hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their lives.

Of course, after the last European fiasco, the US ponied up $148 billion (today’s dollars) to rebuild their countries.

Richard S Courtney
Reply to  CapitalistRoader
October 28, 2021 1:08 am


Please recognise that the only Europeans who ran to America were refugees.

The reasons for the US eventually joining each world war were – as I say above to Herbert – to get the benefits of being on the wining side of WW1 and being forced into WW2 by attack from Japan with Japan’s ally Germany also declaring war on them.

It is true that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour instead of Hong Kong because of excellent espionage work conducted by Britain in Australia, but it is hard to portray that as Europeans ‘running to America’ because ” they needed help to stop slaughtering each other”.


Reply to  JOHN T. SHEA
October 27, 2021 1:23 pm

The irony today is that N.I. border smuggling actually then fed the British. Now that the EU wants to weaponize that very same border one wonders!

Brexit is ricocheting!

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  JOHN T. SHEA
October 27, 2021 2:08 pm

Lumley has been around for a while, she probably remembers the rationing fondly….

October 27, 2021 10:14 am

Just yesterday there was a “climate quality program” on public service TV (arte). The main theme: putting butter on your bread is way too damaging for the planet, and totally unnecessary. Bread tastes fine without butter.

I guess it shall be water and bread for the common people, private jets for the Al Gores, and punishment for all the oil-money bribed who dare to critize this new world socialism.

CarGuy Pete
Reply to  E. Schaffer
October 27, 2021 11:29 am


I detect the sarcasm, however I believe that IS the goal of the elites.
Just look at the mask and travel restriction mandates that only apply to the common folk.

Reply to  E. Schaffer
October 27, 2021 12:00 pm

Bread tastes fine without butter.
NO !

Reply to  E. Schaffer
October 27, 2021 1:18 pm

Roesti are best done with butter!
Now, that is staple Swiss – another reason not to join the EU!

October 27, 2021 10:15 am

FOAD Patsy.

October 27, 2021 10:18 am

Britain just had to have a Jane Fonda retread….

October 27, 2021 10:20 am

I naively thought I lived according to a social contract lo’ these 7 decades & when I click on image below see what’s afoot.

Reply to  gringojay
October 27, 2021 10:50 am

Ah …. the old moving goal posts trick …. NICE!!

John Hultquist
October 27, 2021 10:20 am

There should be an award for folks that generate the most plant food per year.
She would not win against Kerry, Gore, Musk, Bezos, and others, but she contributes more in a year than I have in a long life.

October 27, 2021 10:21 am

Filthy old hypocrite. Typical Champagne Socialist.

Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
October 27, 2021 1:05 pm

Well, celebrities are the new marx oil salesman in NWO communism.

The more equal animals can not keep their superwealthy lifestyle
without creating a celebrity propaganda front they can hide behind and that tells people that super capitalism is ok for a chosen few while super communism is the choice for the rest.

And as part of the new global propaganda trinity (politicians,experts,celebrities )
it is their job to spout the nonsense they are told if they want to keep their privileged status as noone wants to be in the lowest class (peasants) of classless communism,
as only the three classes above(superrich,propaganda trinity,bureaucrats/army/police)
will get enough food.

Charles Higley
October 27, 2021 10:21 am

Blithering idiot, she is. She has no idea that CO2 cannot and does not warm the climate. In fact, it is greening the planet. That said, why does she want to curtail the activities of everyone? The “social” part of her social carbon credit is much too similar to the social credit in China. She wants the government to be monitoring everything we do. I am sure she assumes she can buy whatever credits she needs in her elitist world.

Solar Mutant Ninjaneer
October 27, 2021 10:26 am

I guess this means Tom Petty was wrong. We all have to live like a refuge.

Rod Evans
October 27, 2021 10:27 am

It is a sad fact that too many highly regarded entertainers are convinced there is a man made climate crisis.
It is virtually impossible to convince them they have been conned into thinking the way they do. We love the work they have done, and must forgive them their ignorance. I would hope they also respect the public’s right to ignore their ignorant rants.

October 27, 2021 10:28 am

As I always say of these types – “After you, please”

October 27, 2021 10:29 am

Someone has to position to be the senior citizen Greta. There is a void there that must be filled with the right level of incentives and “qualifications”.

Richard Page
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 27, 2021 5:21 pm

Am I the only one that misses Emma Thompson in that role? She spouted some wonderfully funny crap as a celebrity eco warrior.

October 27, 2021 10:31 am

I agree.
She’s used up all her climate credit, so she should be locked in an unheated mud hut and only allowed out to graze periodically in the modest fenced in pasture.

October 27, 2021 10:44 am

Oh God; those teeth!

October 27, 2021 10:44 am

Maybe a little less botox.

October 27, 2021 10:52 am

The control freaks recognize no limits, and are will to fight climate change to the last drop of the serfs’ blood.

Mickey Reno
October 27, 2021 10:53 am

She’s running the whole world short of peroxide and Botox, apparently.

Her picture reminds me of that great old song, “Smiling Faces” (by The Undisputed Truth).

October 27, 2021 10:59 am

She’s currently checking out locations around the world for her new series: Secret Cities

No, you can’t make it up

John Bell
October 27, 2021 11:03 am

EXACTLY! the way privileged folks can be so arrogant and hypocritical makes me ill. They of course never think to give up their own luxuries. GGRRRR!!!

Reply to  John Bell
October 27, 2021 12:20 pm

What’s so frustrating to me is how so many of the “common folk” lap it up and not only ignore but actively excuse the hypocrisy.

Bruce Cobb
October 27, 2021 11:05 am

She’d be great playing the lead role for “Absolutely Fatuous”.

October 27, 2021 11:06 am


October 27, 2021 11:09 am

I am not sure of the value of posting these nonsense diatribes by has been actors, as if they are authorities on anything but bad acting.

WUWT has bigger fish to fry, of the scientific and political type.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Duane
October 27, 2021 11:33 am

Makes a change from laughing at Mike Mann.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Duane
October 27, 2021 2:30 pm

No one is forcing you to participate. These breaks from the hard grind of digging through mountains of irrelevant “science” are why WUWT has such a large following. If we can’t share the occasional sneer at the professionally pretentious, where’s the fun in being superior?

Richard Page
Reply to  Duane
October 28, 2021 8:13 am

If you feel your time would be better spent elsewhere then please don’t let us stop you.

October 27, 2021 11:10 am

Yes, the indignant comments about lectures from the privileged are right.

But the really interesting thing is the characteristic demand that ‘we’, in this case the British, restrict ourselves in the interests of saving the planet.

Ms Lumley appears persuaded that these restrictions, a return to 1940s rationing, will in some way have an effect on the planet and its climate.

She genuinely has not considered how much effect. No-one has pointed out to her that if the UK and all its emissions vanished, the effect on global emissions would be on the border of being too small to measure, and the effect on temperature definitely in the margin of error so definitely too small to measure.

The characteristic idiocy of the green movement, to advocate doing things in the name of affecting the climate which, if their theory is correct, can have no effect on it.

If they were living in Tuvalu and persuaded that the country is at risk from rising sea levels, and that these were caused by global CO2 emissions, their solution would be for Tuvalu to move to wind powered electricity. Which, on their theory, would be guaranteed to make no difference to the local sea level.

But it would use all the funds they could otherwise use to build up sea defences.

There’s a complete disconnect between the means they advocate and the ends which they use to justify them.

Reply to  michel
October 27, 2021 4:12 pm

michel, my reply to anyone that suggests that “we” (without saying exactly who is this “we”) should do something detrimental to ourselves is “You go first!”

October 27, 2021 11:21 am

Is that toxin-free make up? And how are rhinestones made?

George Daddis
October 27, 2021 11:21 am

Joanna, prove with actual data, that there is an “emergency” for which we need to do ANYTHING.
Note: model projections and handwaving by MSM and climate activists are not “data”.

October 27, 2021 11:24 am

Lose your religion. Self-moderation is the principal principle.

October 27, 2021 11:25 am

Who will win the coveted Griff Award in Climate Acting this year? Only the troll committee knows.

Truth Be Told
October 27, 2021 11:41 am

Citizen calls for Actress Expert to change hair color.

October 27, 2021 11:42 am

What climate crisis is that Miss Lumley?

I am sure you are suffering for being in the great outdoors in such dangerous weather you fear so much……

October 27, 2021 11:43 am

UK been there, done that & it was like this –

October 27, 2021 11:53 am

What about rationing airtime for these aged skin carriers?

John the Econ
October 27, 2021 12:01 pm

Just part of the celebrity gaslight op to convince people that AGW is a scam. She gets to stay popular for spewing this nonsense while at the same time guaranteeing that any legislation that would harm her standard of living will never happen because of the rank hypocrisy of people like herself.

Thomas Gasloli
October 27, 2021 12:11 pm

So, she as just as dumb as the character she portrayed in Absolutely Fabulous.

October 27, 2021 12:34 pm

Those are NOT her real teeth, y’know.

Fake teeth. Fake concerns. I hope she enjoys the rough ride that the bandwagon is heading toward.

October 27, 2021 12:45 pm

To be honest, if this is true, it would surprise me about her a lot. Typically she’s very down to Earth and level headed person.

I would hold off on the pitchforks for the time being and look to see if she’s been misquoted or mischararacterised. In the Grauniad? Surely not!!

I would take the story with a pinch of salt.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Jeff
October 27, 2021 2:36 pm

It appears that sanctimony develops with age in some people. Look at Stephen Hawking, who started off being brilliant and gradually deteriorated into a climate idiot during his last days. Britain appears to gave caught the AGW disease worse than most places. They are a people very persuaded by group-think and mass hysteria.

Serge Wright
October 27, 2021 1:08 pm

Social climate credits ?

Oh the irony of stealing a communist playbook control method from the country that emits almost a 3rd of what they claim is the problem. Why not just come out and say “I want communism in my own country, and I want to be part of the ruling class so I can make the people live a miserable existence slaving after my needs “.

October 27, 2021 1:27 pm

Let’s get her named a UN Messenger for Peace with a special focus on climate change. Like that other great environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio. /sarc

On second thought, she needs more yachts, private jets, and oversized mansions in order to have that title. Gotta keep up with the DiCaprios.

Andy Pattullo
October 27, 2021 1:35 pm

No one should get more than their fair share of climate. Especially a frivolous, purposeless, narcissistic screen filler. The total lack of insight is breathtaking given how much time she must spend admiring herself in the mirror.
I propose once your share of climate is overdrawn you can be relocated to central Antarctica till you earn back some credits. We could even have a climate trading system. I’ll give you my snow days if you give me your beach days, Northern Scotland can make a killing selling windy days to the folks in Germany,

alastair gray
October 27, 2021 1:35 pm

Ab Fab Jo but before you make a pretty little ass
(The type that is not firm and pink as people might think
But is grey, has long ears and eats grass)
of yourself listen to a word from our glasgow cartoon mascot

October 27, 2021 1:36 pm

Joanna wouldn’t have a job if she didn’t say stuff like this.

You have absolutely no idea how woke and politically active the UK theatre and TV is . If you don’t go along with it, you are out of a job and cancelled.

“In 2019, Fox told The Times that he had been “totally radicalised” by watching YouTube videos about “woke culture” and “political correctness”

“In November 2020, Fox was dropped by his talent agency Artists Rights Group after comments he made on the Question Time TV programme. He had been dropped by his previous managers Authentic Talent in March of the same year.”

He hasnt been seen on TV since.

October 27, 2021 1:42 pm

She told a group of us, gathered around on a TV shoot some years ago that she never wanted to be an actress (that explains a lot), she wanted to be a ballet dancer but she was too tall, taller than most of the ‘male’ ballet dancers. Ballet is not a ‘comedy’ (except in a Xmas panto) but a serious theatrical art, as she put it.

October 27, 2021 2:10 pm

Sky News Australia – Daniel Craig of Bond Fame, might play Christopher Steele, a personal friend, in a proposed bio. This Steele ruined Trump’s Presidency with Dearlove (ex MI6 boss of Steele) Dodgy Dossiers.
So one wonders who might play those Moscow Hotel ¨working women¨ of Steele’s Dossier Fame?

Hmmm – let auditions begin!

Richard Page
Reply to  bonbon
October 27, 2021 5:17 pm

I wonder who they’ll get to play Sergei Skripal and Pablo Miller, an ex MI6 agent and reputably Skripal’s ex handler and friend (both living in Salisbury) – Miller was also reputedly a consultant with Steele’s firm, Orbis, who compiled the dossier.

Reply to  Richard Page
October 28, 2021 1:17 am

After climategate was rerun as ¨The Trick¨, I propose ¨The Artful Dodger¨ for the russiagate rerun. A Dickens character.
They would want to be careful with Novichock on-set – just look what happened to Alec Baldwin! Not sure if he would take the role!

Richard Page
Reply to  bonbon
October 28, 2021 8:21 am

Oh that’s all right – the only person who died from Novichok sprayed it on herself all over as she thought it was perfume. Everyone else, including the guinea pigs, were fine. It’s the BZ gas that was the problem – disorientation, hallucinations, complete lack of coordination, then unconsciousness and some long-term side effects with breathing.

Reply to  Richard Page
October 28, 2021 1:36 pm

There was I thinking Porton Down was Pinewood. Silly me.

Reply to  bonbon
October 29, 2021 4:51 pm

With “Novichock”, even a real child toy water gun can be a mu-eller sorry -rder weapon

Rick C
October 27, 2021 2:14 pm

Who is this twit and why would anyone care what she thinks?

October 27, 2021 2:16 pm

Welcome to Victoriastan where we have lived under a State of Emergency for most of the last 18 months, with restrictions during six lockdowns totalling 267 days (the world’s longest) including a 5km travel limit, a 9pm curfew, 1 hour allowed for exercise, closed “non-essential” shops, no tourists allowed in or out of the state. Many Australians caught overseas have been unable to return. Police can fine those who are caught breaking these rules that are created overnight by a stroke of the pen of the Chief Health Officer.

October 27, 2021 2:30 pm

Joanna Lumley is unable to stop acting. She believes she is the elitist snob she portrayed for years.

Just another actor/actress who’ve stifled their critical thinking skills in favor of pretending emotion and parroting consensus talking points.

Andrew Lale
October 27, 2021 2:46 pm

“Perhaps people have got to think a bit harder,” she said.’ You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Michael in Dublin
October 27, 2021 2:53 pm

Joanna Lumley and all her actor friends should set an example and show the public over the next two years this can work before we consider. This will of course impact on all her travelling and flying around.

October 27, 2021 3:00 pm

The Phantom Of The Opera – Andrew Lloyd Webber Cover – Luke Murgatroyd & Jessica Hackett

Reply to  whiten
October 27, 2021 3:54 pm

or maybe this one…

Phantom of the Opera – Sierra Boggess & Ramin Karimloo (Classic BRIT Awards 2012)

Geoffrey Williams
October 27, 2021 3:01 pm

Lumley was the ‘clown’ on stage and in real life she doesn’t dissapoint . .

October 27, 2021 3:12 pm

Apart from an ability to act, what are Joanna Lumley’s qualifications in the area of science, economics, and human behaviour?

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
October 27, 2021 5:41 pm

I bet she is quite clued up on the latter.

Right-Handed Shark
October 27, 2021 3:33 pm

Ms. Lumley is currently voicing a commercial for Antarctic cruises on UK TV stations.

Obviously zero impact on the environment (flights included) or I’m sure she wouldn’t be associated with the operators.

Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
October 27, 2021 6:13 pm

Maybe Hurtigruten needs to be informed of their spokesperson’s position on personal travel.

October 27, 2021 3:51 pm

Why are the people who say the most about climate change in the media the ones who are responsible for more the most GHG emissions (per capita) from their travels, housing, consumption & lifestyle?
Do as I say, not do as I do. Wanting others to suffer & make the sacrifices that the VIPs (elites/gov/celebs) don’t have to make.
You should see the rubbish from Asia & Africa & South America, Islands… if they don’t have proper rubbish management it piles up beside the water & ends up in the seas & oceans. Everything is taken there in smaller sale units (because they can’t afford buying in bulk) & everything is single units packaged with plastic, nothing goes back.

Jim Gorman
October 27, 2021 4:04 pm

I’ll go along with rationing as long as EVERYBODY must follow it. No buying directly. The rich must suffer with the rest of us. Prison time for those buying and selling rationed goods outside of the system. No more private jets, yachts, or other luxury items without the cost of running them is paid with ration tickets. If we are going to war, then everyone suffers, not just the poor and middle class. I would propose giving military volunteers double ration books. No sparing government appointees, Congress people, or Supreme Courts employees.

William Haas
October 27, 2021 4:16 pm

To fight climate change she should put herself into very strict climate lockdown for as long as possible but she is not doing that. If the use of fossil fuels is bad then she should not make use of any goods or services that involve the use of fossil fuels but she is not doing that. I bet that the clothes she wears were once moved to market by truck.

October 27, 2021 4:16 pm

You have to remember that these people live in a rarified air so completely removed from the real world. A place where David Attenborough is the almighty. I have watched some if this woman’s self indulgent travel shows – not for her but for the scenery. She is cringe-worthy. Doing a bit of research before the show and wallowing in the delusional superior knowledge she possesses while she sips a drink and luxuriates in the warn breeze of her latest exotic location. It’s all really quite nauseating.

October 27, 2021 5:45 pm

The facade has slipped off the ugly climate change beast and now we are seeing their endgame.
Power and Privilege.

October 27, 2021 7:22 pm

Obviously success as an actress has not made her smart.

She was not born during WWII and was too young to know about the gas shortage caused by the Suez Canal War in 1956. Taxi driver were turning off their engines going down hill and only had parking lights on at night as in WWII.

Rationing is used when resources are need elsewhere, not for an unproven theory with no indication of the disaster being predicted.

October 27, 2021 8:04 pm


James Anderson
October 27, 2021 8:06 pm

Lets ration her makeup first.

John Laurent
October 27, 2021 8:15 pm

That wasn’t Joanna saying that, it was Patsy

James F. Evans
October 27, 2021 10:36 pm

Rationing is a collectivist dream.

October 28, 2021 1:40 am

Well here’s the upmarket version of Joanna and a ‘huge milestone’ for Oz-

Progressive organisations recognise the importance of developing demand response capabilities to support their sustainability objectives and are seizing this opportunity. The market urgently needs new, flexible resources to balance renewables and replace retiring coal generation.

We think that all energy users, whether large or small, should have the opportunity to provide wholesale demand response, so we support the mechanism being extended to households as well as small businesses
“Huge milestone” as AEMO switches on demand response in major market reform | RenewEconomy

Which opportunity would you prefer to be deplorables? Wholesale Demand Response Mechanisms or Virtual Power Plants?

bobby b
October 28, 2021 2:16 am

They’ll make the points transferable, and she can buy her many many trips from the poor. She’ll never feel a difference.

very old white guy
October 28, 2021 3:31 am

You first Joanna.

October 28, 2021 3:48 am

so her botox bleach n choppers are all certified carbon free?
daft cow

Biff Biffelman
October 28, 2021 6:36 am

We should listen and follow Lumley.

Because she is better than us.

October 28, 2021 6:40 am

I’m betting the bleach in her hair is making a large contribution to worldwide poisoning of the water systems.

BTW, we already have “a limited number of points to spend on holidays or lavish consumer goods“. It’s called money. And most of us already have a lot less of it than she does. (Though, for the life of me I can’t think of anything I’ve seen her in.)

Al Miller
October 28, 2021 7:11 am

Hypocrites all!

Gordon A. Dressler
October 28, 2021 7:31 am

Ms. Lumley,

Let’s start with you rationing the amount of red grease applied to your lips.

BTW, I honestly never hear of the “hit” TV series “Absolutely Fabulous” until just now reading this article.

October 28, 2021 11:12 am

Someone explain to the hapless Lumly that this Earth is 4000,000,000 million years old!
Climate is in constant change.
thinking that humans have influence is based upon ignorance and arrogance

October 28, 2021 8:52 pm

In previous centuries it was understood that actors were mostly degenerates and whores and nobody cared about their opinions.

October 28, 2021 11:16 pm

I would pronounce her eligible for old school rationing.

Quilter 52
October 29, 2021 5:18 am

Joanna has provided one useful service in forcing Britain to acknowledge the contribution of its Gurkha troops. I also saaw her performing in London in a truly dreadful plaay whose name thankfully escapes me but where she played the character of Miralda Sumac with a strong addiction to shoes and a rather strong resemblance to a former Filipina First Lady. Ab Fab was funny. As a climate scientist, she makes a great actor. Now go away you stupid woman!

Alan the Brit
October 29, 2021 7:50 am

Joanna Lumley is a lovely actress! That’s it really. She belongs to the same intellectual elites as Emma Thompson, who flew all the way (First Class) from LA to London Heathrow, to take part in the anti Third Runway protests, catching much media attention. She then jumped back on a plane & flew several thousand miles all the way back to LA, after just a few hours of token protesting!!! I wish I had her privilege & wealth to be able to do so!!! Oh how the wealthy, ruling, intellectual elites have to suffer such privations, unlike we ordinary people!!!

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