Viewers on BBC Newsnight were enraged at Stanley Johnson’s presence on the show to discuss climate change.
STANLEY JOHNSON’S presence on BBC Newsnight prompted uproar among viewers, who described it as “very embarrassing” to include the Prime Minister’s father.
On the show, the former Conservative MEP and father of Boris Johnson discussed climate change. It occurred as the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report warning of an increase in intense heatwaves, droughts, and flooding, as well as the breaking of a critical temperature limit in only ten years.
The inclusion of the Prime Minister’s father in the conversation angered BBC viewers.
Kirsty Wark, the show’s host, asked Mr Johnson if the government should be as interventionist on climate change as it was with Covid.
“Where we are now, what we face, I see one really crucial thing for the government to do, and that is to move hard down the route of carbon taxing,” the environmentalist responded.
“This is the polluter pays idea; we all agreed to it when I was in the EU in the 1970s, and we even had a legislative instrument that the UK followed.
“We must go there, and part of it is carbon border taxes.
“Yes, we will apply our own rules, taxes, and fees, and this will create enough money for us to support the white van man and other vulnerable members of society with the additional revenues earned.
“It is a vitally important instrument that is now undervalued.”
Ms Wark then asked Mr Johnson if he “had tried to persuade the Prime Minister of this,” to which he answered, “I think he is fully seized of this one.”
Viewers, on the other hand, chastised the BBC for inviting Mr Johnson onto the panel.
His appearance was seen as “very embarrassing” by Twitter users, who questioned whether the BBC was taking the climate catastrophe seriously.
“Can you believe Newsnight actually sends out Stanley Johnson to speak to the public on climate change?” one commenter wondered.
“You couldn’t make something like that up, could you?”
Following the inclusion of the Prime Minister’s father in the conversation, Twitter users quipped that it was simple to get on Newsnight.
“Can a brother get a spot on Newsnight, seeing as you’re just dishing them out?” one said.
“Just call me a marine biologist or anything along those lines, and we’ll go from there.”
“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Ash.