Now I'm not known for leaning towards the Conservative side of politics. However I have somehow found myself on a mailing list for the Coalition For Conservation, who have a conservative yet forward-thinking following they run events for.
One such event was this that I watched last night where David Cameron shared his thoughts on how the UK Conservative party managed to break through the "just keep burning stuff" view that Australia's LNP still holds, to move the public debate beyond "only coal equals jobs". The UK is now powered by 2% coal, versus our at least 60%.
Malcolm Turnbull was also onboard lamenting the LNP's failures in this area - which of course means his as their leader for many years.
We could progress this country so much if we were only able to get our Conservative politicians (and their rusted-on followers) to adopt the excellent points David makes about how saving the planet is absolutely a Conservative view point. This is worth watching to see what a progressive Conservative (!) position on climate can be.
And of course, I have plenty of bad things I could say about both of these individuals, but the point of this post is that UK has moved well past where Australia still us, while also under Conservative leadership.
When our planet is no longer inhabitable, the position of "we need to vote these idiots out" won't matter much. This side is currently voted in, and our planetary clock is ticking.