King Charles, Rishi Sunak & David Cameron took separate private planes to COP28

Here are some photos of King Charles in Dubai for the COP28 conference. This is the big, annual environmental conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Last year, the new king was banned from attending COP27, but Prime Minister Sunak okayed Charles’s attendance this year, perhaps because Sunak wanted to go to Dubai as well. As it turns out, David Cameron (who is back in a government position as foreign secretary) also attended. All three men – Cameron, Sunak and the king – took separate private planes to the conference. You cannot make this sh-t up. The only reason Charles isn’t getting hit harder about it is because everyone’s mad at Sunak and Cameron’s private plane usage.

Rishi Sunak is facing fresh outrage from climate campaigners after it emerged that the prime minister, the King, and foreign secretary David Cameron are taking separate jets to the Cop28 conference in Dubai. Downing Street confirmed all three of the leading British representatives at the crucial summit – aimed at cutting global emissions – will each get their own private plane.

No 10 defended the decision to have Mr Sunak and Lord Cameron travel separately – as it was confirmed junior ministers and officials would fly out on commercial flights rather than travel with the PM’s entourage. The prime minister’s official spokesperson claimed that there was nothing wrong with so many flights since the government is “not anti-flying” and is pushing new sustainable fuels. But opposition parties and activists accused Mr Sunak of climate hypocrisy – criticising the use of separate jets as “setting an awful example” and being a “waste of taxpayers’ cash”.

Mr Sunak’s spokesperson said: “We are not anti-flying. We do not seek to restrict the public from doing so and it’s important the UK has strong attendance at Cop28, given we continue to be a world leader in tackling climate change.”

The No 10 official added: “This government’s approach to tackling climate change, as we have set out repeatedly, is not about banning or reducing people from flying. It is through investing in new technologies of the future, as evidenced by the flight just yesterday using sustainable aviation fuel.”

[From The Independent]

This is hilariously tone-deaf. I’m blown away by the audacious stupidity of it, truly. Would it have been performative for Sunak and the king to make a point of “traveling together”? For sure, but it also would have simply made logistical sense – all three men arrived around the same time in Dubai! There was no reason for them to NOT travel together. Or, heaven forfend, simply take commercial flights!!

Photos courtesy of Cover Images.

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  1. Whatever says:

    I thought it was common practice for “important” figures to NOT fly together in case of an accident, and for security reasons. Like, the president and vice president never fly together, Charles and William never fly together, and so on? Is that not a thing?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think this is hugely wasteful, but why not just cite that as the reason?

    • Flower says:

      Granted but the PM & Foreign Sec in two different Plane’s ?

      • Whatever says:

        Oh, I think it’s completely unnecessary, but it’s still a much better BS explanation then, “well, we never said no one should fly!” The ineptitude is astounding. My children could do a better job at handling their PR, seriously.

    • Gip says:

      Agree, I’m sure there’s some continuation bs requiring them to travel separately. My last job where I handled sales of equities I had several people I couldn’t travel with. Made traveling more pleasant (ie no boss🤣). But also a pain to plan.

  2. BayTampaBay says:

    I do not think “The Monarch” and the “Prime Minister” should be on the same flight* but there is no reason why Sunak & Cameron could not have been on the same flight no matter if it were private or commercial.

    *I do not want the POTUS and Vice-POTUS on the same flight either as we could end up with James Michael Johnson (aka Mike Johnson), the current Squeaker of the House, as the POTUS. What a harrowing thought!

    • ET says:

      I view it as the opposite – Cameron and Sunak are both parts of the actual government where the foreign minister could step in if something happens to the PM. William is Charles’ backup, so the PM and the King could travel together as long as their deputies are elsewhere.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Way to lead by example! But really, nothing surprising here. World leaders continue to do nothing as the world burns every summer now. And it’s been widely reported that Dubai is using this as an opportunity to make new oil production deals. COP28 is a joke, as all of the others have been. Performative hand wringing and no real action.

    • Jojo says:

      We already know they are, all three, entitled, selfish and self-serving people so I’m not sure why people are expressing any surprise at these hypocritical travel arrangements.

      Anyway, my main takeaways from the pictures provided above are…. How many people were originally supposed to fit into Charles’ trousers? And, does his outfit mean that he is now fully embracing the 🤡 persona that the whole family & their sycophantic supporters have acquired on X (Twitter).

  4. Kittenmom says:

    I’m sure there’s some environmental justification for this amirite?

    • Anon says:

      Well I’m fairness to the other two, they probably didn’t want to be carpooling with the Royal Racist in Chief (King Racist?) , better to take the PR hit for the separate planes. And really, there should be solid succession plans in place.

  5. Hypocrisy thy name is Chuckles. Do as I say not as I do.

  6. L4Frimaire says:

    This is not surprising considering the UK government is reversing some of their climate pledges. This is basically a privileged field trip for Charles. He has zero say in actual legislation. The fact that David Cameron, the guy who let Brexit happen, is back in the government is just disgraceful.

  7. Chaine says:

    Has Charles ever flown commercial in his life? I can see him demanding that he have his own special airplane seat be installed so that his booty doesn’t come into contact with any peasant cooties from prior passengers.

  8. Cessily says:

    I wonder if anyone has any respect for Britain left?

  9. Jessica says:

    I almost think Sunak and Cameron took separate private planes on purpose just so they could turn around and accuse their opponents of wanting to ban air travel (the way conservatives here in the US went after supporters of the Green New Deal and accused them of wanting to ban hamburgers)

    • SarahCS says:

      Yes, there’s plenty of that happening in the current government. Labour won’t let you drive if they get into power!!!

  10. JanetDR says:

    Looks like Chuckles found a group of POC to throw himself in front for a photo. No racists here!

    • Cali says:

      I noticed that too. Hey I’m not racist! I’m standing surrounded by people of color and some of them are really dark…

  11. SarahCS says:

    Sunak has been going hard on the anti-environment platform for a while now thinking it will buy him votes on the right. You want more mines to open in the UK? Sure! Drilling for oil and gas under the North Sea? Go right ahead. How dare councils try and restrict polluting vehicles from cities, they want to BAN cars!!!!!

    You get the idea.

  12. Lau says:

    This entire COP28 is a scam from star to finish so much that the US and China decided to skip it altogether. Also Sunak’s speech was terrible as his government rolled back so many environmental laws thinking it would boost his numbers (it didn’t) and he was saying that the UK was a leader on environment. Truly despicable.

  13. Well Wisher says:

    If there is an accident, only one will die…

  14. Libra says:

    I fully support being a good steward of the environment. However, if someone offered me a free ride on a private plane to go see my grandchildren, I’d take it.

  15. phlyfiremama says:

    Now go eat cake, you rank and vile peasants!!

  16. Maremotrice says:

    What, no sign of the self-styled global statesman and founder of the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize?

    Seriously, Prince William attended COP26 in Glasgow two years ago along with the Earthshot finalists (despite not having invited them to the awards ceremony):