Boris Johnson faces calls to bring back WW2 meat rationing to save the planet

Meat ‘should be rationed like WW2 to help climate’ says expert

Donnachadh McCarthy is an Extinction Rebellion activist and author who proposed the idea after Tony Danker, Director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), urged the Government to mimic the postwar recovery programme of 1945. Mr McCarthy took it one step further and claimed we should reintroduce rationing, which was implemented to feed the country on limited food supplies. This method, he believes, would be the fairest way to combat climate change when compared to alleged government plans to introduce a carbon tax on the food industry. 

Speaking to Cristo Foufas on talkRADIO, the Extinction Rebellion supporter said: “The CBI, not a mad radical organisation, this week said that we should treat the climate crisis and the Covid crisis and the economic crisis as we did the Second World War. 

“And how did we do it fairly in the Second World War? We didn’t say we were going to put a tax on meat and the rich can afford loads of meat and the poor get none, what we did was rationing. 

“We have to accept that meat has really high carbon emissions, so the fair way of bringing it down and bringing down consumption is for (someone) to say ‘this is as much meat as you’re allowed each year’ and there’s your ration.

“If you want to sell it, sell it.”


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A bewildered Cristo Foufas looked at the columnist with his jaw-dropped and wanted to clarify he wanted to bring back rationing again. 

Mr McCatrthy said: “Well what’s the other fair way of doing it, the Government is saying it will bring back a 40 percent tax on meat which means only the rich can afford to eat it.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly looking into extending the carbon emissions tax, currently reserved for airlines and power companies, to all sectors including the food industry. 

No percentage figure has been revealed by the Government yet, but a 40 percent increase on a four-pack of store brand burgers costing £2.78 would be £3.89.  

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Mr McCarthy continued: “We have to accept that we have to do something about meat, what else can we do?”

The radio host replied: “Well, you incentivise people to eat other things rather than taxing the things you don’t want people to go for.

“Things like meat, things like petrol engines, things like cars, things of those nature, why don’t you make the alternative cheaper?

“Why don’t you incentivise public transport for instance by making that cheaper?

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“Why make people’s lives more difficult by making the day-to-day (cost) more money?”

The CBI urged the Government to implement a recovery plan for the next decade.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be revealing his plans for fixing the economy in the upcoming March 3 budget. 

Mr Sunak is facing calls to extend the stamp duty holiday on properties which has played a big part in the UK housing market boom. 

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