A PRIME Minister who flies from London to Leeds is not a leader, he just underlines the simple fact that the powerful and the wealthy continue to damage the environment for the rest of us. This act of vandalism, not his first, is aided and abetted by others like Google, which I believe wilfully underestimate carbon gases from aviation.

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Politicians must put our countries on a war footing to battle the increasingly unacceptable impacts of climate change. I suggest that one way of fighting back in a fair and principled way would be to introduce immediate individual rationing of air miles, allied to a widespread ban on internal flights where less damaging alternatives exist.

Whether billionaires like it or not, our planet is shared, and politicians must ensure that the pain of carbon warfare is more equally distributed.

Charles Strang
St Boswells