A rock band who recorded a song with Greta Thunberg have been accused of hypocrisy over climate change by a Conservative MP as they prepare to travel around the world on tour.
David Davies, the member for Monmouth, asked in a mocking letter whether the band will travel by train or by yacht with “mate” Greta Thunberg to lessen their carbon footprint.
Matthew Healy and other band members recently recorded a track with the teenage climate campaigner, announcing that all proceeds would go to Extinction Rebellion.
Mr Davies has penned a letter addressed to the band, asking how they intend to travel the world for their upcoming tour in light of their strong stance on climate change.
Addressing the “guys” in the band, he wrote: “Given your concern about the ‘climate emergency’, I just wondered how you are going to get to all these places?
Are you travelling to Asia on the Trans-Siberian Express? Or will you be travelling in a £4 million 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 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 and when they want, to play gigs, would be a far greater emergency.”
The letter was signed off: “Have a safe flight (or rather, flights).”
Swedish climate activist Miss Thunberg had written an essay on climate change for The 1975’s new album, Notes On A Conditional Form.
The 1975 have been contacted for comment.