Alok Sharma our climate change Minister has flown to 30 different countries covering tens of thousands of miles over the past seven months to prepare the ground for the COP26 global environment summit this autumn.

There has been quite a hoo-ha about his actions which have been described as a tad hypocritical when telling the rest of us to try not to fly too often for the sake of the planet, he was also criticised for not quarantining having visited six countries which were on the UK’s red list.

Apparently he has a ministerial exemption from hotel quarantine and said that ministers conducting essential travel such as this are exempted from quarantine, as set out in the rules and this would also apply to his return from these countries.

He has secured ambitious action as a result of the discussions he has had and following his visit to Japan and South Korea the governments there committed to ambitious net zero targets, which was a key ask from the UK, although it doesn’t say how much success he has had with the more major polluters of the world.

This is all well and good but I notice that with all this travel he seems to have forgotten to visit the two top polluters of the world, China with more than 10.065 million tons of CO2 released and the United States with 5,416 million tons but I suppose he still has time for a flying visit.

In the meantime my addition to global warming was a visit at the weekend in my 1947 Bentley Mk VI to Brooklands in Weybridge, I think Grete Thunberg would have been proud of me, compared to Alok Sharma, I’m virtually saving the world single headedly.

Pictured: A map and list showing the countries visited by Britain's climate tsar Alok Sharma since January 27, including six countries (shown in red) on the government's travel 'red list'


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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