Oh dear. The world really is conspiring against me. I woke this morning to the news that Boris Johnson has hired Tony Abbott as a Brexit trade advisor. This is grim news indeed. The only good thing to come out of the last Australian election was the news that Tony Abbott lost his seat in parliament.
For those who don’t know, Tony Abbott was an Australian prime minister from 2013 to 2015 when he was ousted by his party. He is a fervent climate change denier. In 2017 he gave a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London. Here’s a summary from ABC News Australia.
Climate change science, he now asserts, has the spirit of the Inquisition.
It is the “thought police down the ages” and invoked a post-Christian nostalgia for sacrifice in political response.
“Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods,” he said.