It appears that minimising the role of Nicola Sturgeon in the UN summit is more important to Boris Johnson than having a unified front.
Leaked UK government messages in the Independent newspaper make clear the scale of the efforts that are being pursued to sideline the First Minister at an event being held in her very own country.
Nicola Sturgeon has tried to force the Prime Minister to refocus his efforts on actually combating climate change rather than political rivalry, tweeting: “All that matters is that Cop26 delivers an outcome to meet the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. We must work together and maximise contributions towards that. Anyone – me or PM – who allowed politics to get in way would be abdicating that responsibility.”
If ever there was a time for grown-up politics it is now. By concentrating on petty political considerations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is actually undermining the Cop26 environmental summit by turning it into a political football.
Now is the time for all decision-makers to work together and be seen to work together. Future generations will not look back kindly at politicians who put party interest ahead of public good.
Angus Robertson is the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central and Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Secretary