Churchill once wisely said that one should “never let a good crisis go to waste”.
Whether he ever did in fact use these words is disputed, but they are nonetheless regularly trotted out whenever leaders face emergencies, big or small. And so it is with our prime minister, Boris Johnson, using his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the twin crises of the Covid-19 pandemic with its looming economic recession, and climate change.
As James Forsyth intimated recently in these pages, the climate change crisis is increasingly occupying the prime ministerial mind, leaving Mr Johnson itching to deliver a speech on the green agenda and his plan to “build back greener”. Addressing world leaders at the UN could have been the perfect