Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps continues on his journey back to front line politics following his sacking as Tory Chairman in 2015 and ministerial resignation months later following allegations of bullying that led to the death of a party activist.
Grant’s latest headline grabbing move was to call for the chancellor to reduce, and then scrap completely air passenger duties in order to boost the British economy.
Whether this would indeed work or not, it was a curious intervention given Shapps had voted to increase these specific taxes many times over the last few years, including 2012 and 2014 according to the website – they work for you…..
While it’s strange this obvious hypocrisy was failed to be picked up by mainstream journalists, we can let them off for not being aware of Grants concerns about air emissions when he expressed them on video, in Hatfield Town Centre.
Back in 2008, and then a Conservative MP in opposition, Mr Shapps hopped onto the passing bandwagon of a very worthwhile cause being put forward by members of Friends of the Earth in to get the Government to sign up to strict climate change controls including, yes air travel emissions.
Despite Grant’s concerns, aviation emissions were included in the Climate change bill introduced by Labour in 2008. Indeed the only MPs to vote against this bill were six of his Conservative colleagues.
But there we are, simply another example of how when Welwyn Hatfield’s MP “backs something all the way”, the reality is that may only be for as long as he thinks it will give him some time in the limelight.
PS media, Grant Shapps flies around in an airplane. We’re not sure if it has a fridge in it.