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A few questions for the melting ice sculpture representing Boris Johnson

Channel 4’s Climate Debate sees two ice sculptures representing Johnson and Nigel Farage, who have refused to show up to the leadership gathering to discuss climate change

The clocks are ticking, and the ice caps are melting. Tonight sees leaders of the major British political parties go live on Channel 4 to debate on the issue of climate change. Conservative leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage have decided not to turn up for tonight’s event, an evening focused on the most urgent issue of our times. It’s the first climate and environment-focused debate of the election. 

“These two ice sculptures represent the emergency on planet earth, not in any human form but are a visual metaphor for the Conservative and Brexit parties after their leaders declined our repeated invitations to attend tonight’s vital climate debate,” Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear said in a statement. 

Hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the Climate Debate will see Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, the Greens’ Sian Berry, Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, and Adam Price of Plaid Cymru.

It’s 2019 – a year of polarising politics, opinions, and societal ideals, and amorphous uncertainty around Brexit and Britain’s future. Direct action calling for mobilization in the face of climate action continues across the world, and Labour – who Dazed has come out to back in the election – have placed a Green Industrial Revolution at the heart of their manifesto pledges. That Johnson and Farage refuse to debate on such a seismic threat, one the British public shows increasing concerns for, speaks volumes.

So these large hunks of ice are taking the place of this election’s fools’ usual load of hot air. What will we make said chunks of ice answer for, in the face of impending climate doom?

HOW COME YOU SENT YOUR DAD ROUND?

Johnson, pathetically, has sent Michael Gove and his dad Stanley Johnson in his place – however, Channel 4 has refused them, as of course, it’s a leaders debate. A debate. For. Leaders. What say you, chunk of glacial ice?

IS IT CORRECT THAT AT ONE STAGE IN YOUR LIFE CYCLE YOU COULD HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS A SNOWFLAKE?

The Tories are reportedly threatening to review Channel 4’s public service broadcasting obligations due to the stunt, if they’re to win the election. A gross attempt on press freedom, as well as pretty snowflakey behaviour.

BLOCK OF ICE – CAN YOU ANSWER FOR THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS AND ACTIONS OF THE MAN YOU ARE MEANT TO REPRESENT

The multiple articles written by Johnson that are sympathetic to climate skepticism or rubbish climate action and concerns entirely – “As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands — when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve,” he wrote in a piece for The Telegraph. In another column, he called upon known climate change denier Piers Corbyn.

The lack of focus in the Conservative Manifesto on climate action, while other political parties focus on the ideas of a Green Industrial Revolution.

The comments made against Extinction Rebellion, dismissing them as “uncooperative crusties” who should stop blocking the streets of London during their direct action campaign with their “heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs”.

The huge amounts of money donated to Johnson’s London Mayor campaign by Conservative and billionaire hedge fund manager Sir Michael Hintze, a known financial backer of climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

SHOULD YOU MELT BEFORE THE END OF THE CLIMATE DEBATE, WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO REPLACE YOU WITH?

We suggest: a scone > a dirty mop and bucket > an Eton Mess > Michael Gove, in that order.

Channel 4 News: The Climate Debate starts at 7.00pm