Sunday Express

Speaker calls for ‘green’ Covid restrictio­ns

- By David Williamson

COMMONS Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has come under fire for suggesting coronaviru­sstyle restrictio­ns could be introduced to save the environmen­t.

Sir Lindsay, 63, said similar controls on daily life could command public support if brought in to tackle climate change. He told counterpar­ts from some of the world’s most powerful countries – including Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representa­tives – that the pandemic shows people are prepared to accept limitation­s on their lifestyles – if they recognise it is for the greater good. Sir Lindsay said he was surprised by the willingnes­s of millions of people to wear masks and accept new rules. He added that the urgent response the world has shown to deal with Covid-19 should now be harnessed to address climate change.

At the G7 Speakers’ Meeting, Sir Lindsay said: “If one lesson from the pandemic is that taking serious action in a timely manner is key – then shouldn’t this also be true in terms of climate change?

“No-one could ever imagine that we would be wearing masks so readily and that we would all be so compliant. Perhaps we ought not to underestim­ate the ability of people and communitie­s to work together for the common good, if there is united and clear leadership.”

But his comments have been condemned by Sir Desmond Swayne, Tory MP for New

Forest West and a former internatio­nal developmen­t minister.

He said: “My immediate reaction is, dream on. I think people have had quite enough. Indeed, we are getting to the limit of what people will endure.”

Sir Desmond added that his postbag and email inbox are full of messages from people who “can’t bear it any longer”.

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CONTROLS: Sir Lindsay Hoyle

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