Michael Gove was heckled at a climate change conference earlier today, after the de facto deputy prime minister was stumped by an embarrassingly simple question.
Gove was delivering the keynote speech at an event hosted by the Green Alliance – discussing the government’s ambitions for when it hosts the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) later this year.
However, when asked by The Times’ Ben Webster to define a successful outcome for the conference, Gove temporarily lost his ability to speak.
“Erm, my definition would be a… erm… recognition… erm… that action to… erm… to deal with a warming earth is erm… [long silence].”
A heckler on the front row then decided to help Gove out – suggesting that the former Environment Secretary didn’t know what he was talking about and should probably be quiet.
Stoically persisting, Gove rephrased, saying his definition of success would be, “That acceptance of the need to act leads to action which is irreversible, accelerating and inclusive.”
Whatever the f*ck that means.
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