National's climate change policy | The Jackal

24 Aug 2012

National's climate change policy

In a speech given to the International Dialogue on the Future Climate Change Agreement, Tim Groser outlined National's underlying policy plan for negotiations on climate change:

Negotiations are like the children’s game of musical chairs. You know, I would assume, the rules for this standard game for birthday parties of children from about the age of 3-8. The children dance around the table – in this case the negotiating table – but there are not sufficient chairs for everyone. Crucially, an adult is in charge of the music and no-body quite knows when the music is going to be turned off signalling a mad rush for the chairs. The more adventurous children stake out positions on the dance floor far removed from a chair. When the music suddenly stops, someone misses out.