Goldsmith Dynasty caused Carrie Johnson to emulate NZ climate Best in Show ambition for UK
Boris Johnson’s sudden conversion to climate extremism followed his marriage to his wife Carrie whose first job was working for Zac Goldsmith, now Lord Goldsmith.
Zac Goldsmith with his uncle the late Edward “Teddy” Goldsmith was instrumental in starting New Zealand’s Pacific Ecologist magazine.
The late Teddy Goldsmith, married to a New Zealander, donated to the nation’s Green Party and became an activist in a number of green causes there.
Zac Goldsmith was his uncle’s right hand man in starting and sustaining the Ecologist magazine franchise. He went on to become a British Member of Parliament and it was in this capacity that he gave Carrie Symonds her first job.
The Goldsmiths were among the first to see New Zealand in an international context as the nation that more than any other pointed the way to an idealised ultimate eco country, now often described as the Best in Show syndrome.
The Johnson premiership is now recognised as being conducted under the United States presidential model with Carrie Johnson acting as First Lady in a Clintonesque co-presidency.
It is in this process that Boris Johnson swung to extreme climatism following the New Zealand model in which conformity to global climate desiderata overrules all other considerations, notably economic ones.
Zac Goldsmith’s connections with New Zealand were massively restored when as Lord Goldsmith he was made Minister of State with special responsibility for the Pacific.
Boris Johnson’s conversion to the climate cult is the most radical in the developed world because it is so all encompassing seeking for example a 20 percent reduction in meat and dairy consumption in the next eight years.
His climate radicalism is the real cause of disaffection among the Tories, the ones in his parliamentary party and also the rank and file backbone in the shires.
His omnibus scheme for the greening of Britain involves the elimination of coal and gas and petrol cars in the medium term, cutbacks in airports, and shipping and the saturation introduction of devices such as heat pumps.
This follows on the heels of the current New Zealand ban on oil and natural gas exploration, even though natural gas is vital to the nation’s main export of milk products. Domestic coal suppression virtue signalling means in fact relying on increasing volumes of coal imports from nations such as Indonesia.
Carrie Johnson’s eco influence became notable in the priority during the evacuation of Kabul of an entire dogs home complete with staff.
Australasians viewing Mr Johnson’s ascent to power are baffled by someone who on the eve of the crucial general election in 2019 left his “long suffering” wife Marina as the UK press always described her, the mother of four of his children, and then took up with Carrie with whom he has had two additional children.
How could anyone so distracted cope with winning an election and then running a country?
There are several reasons. A by-product of Britain’s class system is that certain people have immense social licence. Such individuals understand that what applies to other people does not apply to them. Mr Johnson is at best merely a theatrically embellished member of the upper class. His faux aristocratic blustering bravura demeanour is an accepted put on.
His jocular manner and aura of fun-to-be-around converted into hard political capital when in his two terms he kept the progressive left out of London’s mayoralty and then in the 2019 general election gave the Tories an 80-seat majority in parliament.
How could this have happened, Australasians ask, when any such domestic upheavals, even the whisper of them, would have disqualified at the outset one of their own prime ministerial candidates?
The reason is Margaret Thatcher. She purged British politics of prurience about the private life of its politicians. It was their ability to do the job that mattered she insisted.
It was this still largely unseen element of Thatcherism that gave Boris Johnson his singular immunity in skating over domestic upheavals that would have sunk his counterparts anywhere else in the Commonwealth.
Mr Johnson’s most obvious ideological counterpart in the Commonwealth remains Malcolm Turnbull, a much longer term yet equally ardent proponent of the progressive extreme climate cause, the overarching cause of causes, having been elected also as leader of a conservative government.
Mr Johnson terrifies Tories because his rapid conversion to progressive politics was so sudden, and so Damascene. Nobody saw it coming.
In contrast in Australia there is a cottage industry among commentators in turning out evidence to the effect that Mr Turnbull’s heart all along had been with the progressives.
Mr Johnson is a biographer of Winston Churchill and has candidly modelled himself on the wartime leader of whom he writes in his book The Churchill Factor……..
“The case against him is that he was not only the greatest man of modern British history but also, in his own sweet way, something of a tosser in his treatment of others.
“…….he behaved like a spoilt child; and we must accept that he was used to getting his way…”