In news that we really didn't expect to be writing today Tory MP David Davies has accused British indie band The 1975 of hypocrisy because they are going on a world tour.
The group, who will be travelling to the likes of east Asia, Europe and the United States on their tour, have vocally supported climate change groups like Extinction Rebellion and the activist Greta Thunberg in recent months.
Thunberg features on the band's new album Notes on a Conditional Form contributing an essay to the opening track, with the money raised from the essay going directly to Extinction Rebellion.
This, therefore, is the crux of Davies annoyance with the band as he clearly feels that if the group are so against climate change then they shouldn't be using transport like planes.
In a letter that the MP for Monmouth shared on Twitter, he wrote:
Given your concern about a 'climate emergency,' I just wondered how you are going to get to these places? Are you travelling to Asia or the Trans-Siberian Express?
Or will you be sailing in a £4m super-yacht like your mate Greta?
Do tell us. We must silence any mean-minded sceptics who think it's a tad hypocritical to preach on the evils of carbon emissions one minute - then jet across the globe the next!
In any case, there may be a 'climate emergency' but any reasonable person can see that wealthy musicians being unable to fly where they want, to play gigs, would be a far greater emergency.
Climate protest backing pop group @the1975 are off on a world tour next week. I’ve written to ask them if they ar… https://t.co/0vhQP12rKW— David TC Davies MP 🏴🇬🇧 (@David TC Davies MP 🏴🇬🇧) 1567151291
Davies unusual approach to criticising the band has only earned him a downpour of mockery for criticising a group of musicians for going on tour when there are more pressing matters at hand.
@DavidTCDavies @the1975 There are wildfires in the Arctic, the Amazon is on fire, temperature records have just bee… https://t.co/Oq20IhYPgW— James Felton (@James Felton) 1567157204
@DavidTCDavies @the1975 Haha, imagine using your position as an MP to write a weenus letter like this.— Boba Fett's Bad Lizard Trip (@Boba Fett's Bad Lizard Trip) 1567154585
@DavidTCDavies @the1975 What scares me @DavidTCDavies is i don’t think you realise how stupid this makes you look.… https://t.co/ex2JGjZZc8— Chris Harper 🌈💙 (@Chris Harper 🌈💙) 1567155358
@DavidTCDavies @the1975 Busy week, is it.— MUNDIAL (@MUNDIAL) 1567158741
people are going to try and find any single thing to tear down a positive push forward for their own ulterior motiv… https://t.co/zoWSnu876f— YUNGBLUD’s a FLEABAG (@YUNGBLUD’s a FLEABAG) 1567168862
If you’re confused between MPs David Davis and David Davies, David DAVIS wasted a load of time when he had more imp… https://t.co/e04qxy1VG3— Pundamentalism (@Pundamentalism) 1567162976
climate strikers: the Amazon is on fire, ice caps are rapidly melting. this is a climate emergency and we need to c… https://t.co/dFPV3FlxTB— joe brindle ✳️ (@joe brindle ✳️) 1567164426
Davies' letter also prompted a response from the group's manager Jamie Oborne who touched on the current political crisis engulfing Westminster and accused the MP of try to seek 'five minutes of fame' before asking the government 'is this the best we have?!'