It’s better, Greta, if kids actually do their bit and cut back…just like us oldies did!

It’s better, Greta, if kids actually do their bit and cut back…just like us oldies did!

- in Usa News

WHATEVER your view on her impassioned delivery, there is no doubting that 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is the real deal.

She cares deeply about climate change and, even if she’s simply citing the scientific research of more experienced others, her glowering, teenage presence at the UN summit has certainly thrown down a gauntlet to world leaders.


Greta Thunberg is inspiring, but the ‘us v them’ mantra that she and other young people seem to be pushing won’t do the world any good[/caption]

Trouble is, that while her compelling, “you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words”, speech was specifically aimed at those in power, some of her less well informed young fans have seized it as a “them and us” narrative against their parents.

“My kids are giving me hell about how we’ve destroyed the planet for them,” sighed a friend whose children took the day off from their private school to attend the recent climate change march.

“Will they refuse to get on a plane for a foreign holiday?” I inquired. “Will they refuse to get in the car when it’s raining and walk instead? Will they relinquish their smart phones or the TVs in their bedrooms?”

“Don’t be daft,” she said with a laugh.

Indeed. While a large percentage of the younger generation are genuinely concerned about the planet — and rightly so — how many of them are actually going to do their bit beyond the enviable opportunity to skip school on a sunny day and virtue signal with a hand-made banner?

Deliciously tempting though it may be to blame their parents, the simple truth is that up to 30 years ago, no one had even heard of climate change.

Far from worrying about the planet heating up, I distinctly remember our geography teacher telling us that a mini ice age was coming.

In the meantime, I walked or cycled to school every day, wore jumpers indoors in winter because we didn’t have central heating and baked in the stifling heat of the summer of ’76 in classrooms without the luxury of air-con.

Deliciously tempting though it may be to blame their parents, the simple truth is that up to 30 years ago, no one had even heard of climate change.

There were no ready meals, we ate simple food cooked by mothers who had grown up with rationing, the vast supermarkets of today didn’t exist and we didn’t have a freezer.

The only “takeaway” in easy reach was a fish and chip shop and the first time we ever ate out was when I scraped a couple of O-level passes and my mum took me to the local Berni Inn to celebrate.

Our milk came in glass bottles, we ate locally grown, seasonal fruit and vegetables (no tomatoes in winter etc) and I didn’t set eyes on an avocado or any other exotic foodstuff until well into adulthood.


At school, I was taught to mend things, not throw them away, would wear something several times before my mother would even think about washing it, and only received new clothes (from Chelsea Girl) at Christmas or on birthdays.

We had one TV, didn’t even get a landline until I was 15 (shared with the neighbours) and I didn’t go abroad until I was 12 — by boat, not plane.

No one went on “a gap yah” and my mum would have killed me if I left our tent at Glastonbury, because we used it for holidays in Wales.

I could go on, but the younger generation’s collective eye-roll of boredom might cause a damaging tremor.

Suffice to say, if today’s kids are happy to strip their lives back to reflect the childhood we had, it would be a great step towards helping the planet. But it’s not going to happen.

So, instead of the lame, “old people have ruined everything for young people”, mantra, all generations should be working together to not only do their bit at home (via recycling, cutting back on use of plastic etc) but to continue putting pressure on those who govern us and have the power to effect realistic, not idealistic, change for a planet that currently accommodates seven and a half billion people.

Then the admirable young Greta can go back to school and get on with having a normal life.

Take note from the Queen

THE Duchess of Sussex has learned the hard way that making inclusive speeches and appearing accessible has its pitfalls.

In other words, someone might ask you to dance. When everyone’s watching.

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Meghan Markle learned the hard way that if you make inclusive speeches and appear accessible, you’re sometimes going to have to grit your teeth and bear it[/caption]

Shortly after declaring to the people of Nyanga, in South Africa: “I am here with you as . . . a woman of colour and as your sister,” she was grabbed by the hand to take part in a traditional dancing display, an offer she could then hardly refuse.

From memory, the inscrutable Queen’s “don’t touch me” demeanour has thus far prevented her from being urged to participate in anything beyond a bit of heavily stage-managed ribbon-cutting, but her more modern-minded children have had their dignity sorely tested by many a tribal dance.

Prince Charles’s awkward sword dance in Saudi Arabia springs to mind, and the rictus “please make it stop” grins of William and Kate when shimmying with the locals on the Pacific island of Tuvalu in 2012.

But Meghan pulled off her global dance debut with cheery aplomb, rhythmically wiggling her hips in time to the music and deftly moving on before it got too eggy.

As Strictly’s Craig might say: “Fab-u-louuuus, dahling.”

Lucky for him

“OFF-GRID” dad Matt Allen, whose relaxed parenting techniques were the focus of a recent Stacey Dooley documentary, says: “Full-time work is not in my psyche.”

Consequently, he and wife Adele live “mostly on benefits” in a Brighton council house along with their three young children.

Thankfully, working hard is in the psyche of the majority, so luckily for him we help pay for his self-indulgent lifestyle choice.

Tap him up, now

JAMES Anderson has been dubbed “Britain’s kindest plumber” after fixing the boilers of the elderly for free.

James, 52, above, from Burnley, risked going bankrupt but is now hoping to extend his services across the country after receiving £80,000 in public donations.

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James Anderson’s story is heart-warming, but it shows there’s way better ways for councils to spend their money than on some of the daft initiatives they come up with[/caption]

A truly heart-warming story.

But why don’t councils nationwide use cash from their parking fine coffers to employ a “James” to help the needy in their area?

It would be a far better use of our money than some of the daft initiatives they come up with.

Amateur hour

AROUND 64 per cent of us hide treats so they don’t get eaten by our partners or kids.

The top ten hiding places include under the bed and in the car.

Puh, amateurs.

Mine’s the back of the vegetable drawer.

Frozen chipolatas all round

HUNDREDS of naked swimmers plunged into the icy depths of the North Sea at the weekend in aid of mental health charity Mind.

A record 737 people took part and celebrated with a BBQ straight afterwards.

Moore fun with a boxset

DEMI Moore’s newly released memoir reveals she engaged in threesomes while married to fellow actor Ashton Kutcher.

“I wanted to show him how great and fun I could be,” she says.

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Demi Moore revealed that she engaged in threesomes to show former husband Ashton Kutcher how much fun she could be[/caption]

Ah, yes, the perils of an age-gap relationship and the continual struggle to appear “on the same page” as your much younger partner.

Ashton was 25 to Demi’s 41 when they met in 2003 and, no doubt, his sex drive was at its optimum while hers was perhaps struggling for air under the pressure of bringing up her three children with former husband Bruce Willis.

While you fancy a night in with a boxset and some Pinot, he’s wanting to leave the house at 10pm for a night of clubbing and group sex.

No thanks.

And don’t even get me started on all the times you’d talk about David Cassidy and they’d reply: “Who?”

A fatal F-law

ACCORDING to SNP MP Joanna Cherry: “The UK Supreme Court has made the ruling necessary to restore democracy and the rule of law.”

She adds: “Now politicians must make sure that ruling is respected.”


Joanna Cherry says politicians must make sure the Supreme Court’s ruling is respected[/caption]

What, in the same way they respected the democratic vote to leave the EU?

Sigh. And so the frustrating madness goes on…

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