There are few sensations more discomfiting to a woolly centrist than agreeing with Vladimir Putin. “I don’t share the common excitement about the speech by Greta Thunberg,” sniffed the Russian president this week. “No one has explained to Greta that the modern world is complex and diverse. People in Africa or in many Asian countries want to live at the same wealth level as in Sweden. Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty.”
What a state of affairs this is, when a constitutional despot is the only person brave enough to speak truth to a frowning teenager.
This is a very well-known objection to the position of the greens, but somehow Putin gets the credit for voicing it.