The quality of life policy review, which was widely leaked in advance, set out plans for a moratorium on airport expansion and higher taxes on short-haul flights and gas-guzzling cars - but the authors sought to reassure the party faithful that it did not represent a break with Tory tradition. The group's chairman, John Gummer, compared the changes it was proposing to past initiatives by "Shaftesbury, Disraeli and Wilberforce". "I see no contradictions between greenness and economic issues," said Mr Gummer, the former environment secretary. "It's basically Conservative. We are about giving to the next generation something better than we've received ourselves."
The report can be read in full here, and it has some pretty strong environmental credentials behind it - co-author Zac Goldsmith is editor of The Ecologist (and also a Conservative parliamentary candidate). Friends of the Earth have called on Cameron to adopt the report’s recommendations in full, but we will wait and see just how green the self-proclaimed ‘party of business’ really can become. We hope this is a sign that Conservatism really is embracing conservation once more. ::The Conservatives::via The Guardian::