Boris Johnson’s attempt to compare climate change to a football game made no sense
Boris Johnson has, in recent days, gotten into the habit of comparing the climate crisis to a football match, but his analogy definitely needs work.
In an impromptu speech in Downing Street on Tuesday evening, on the return from COP26 to Glasgow, the Prime Minister tried to illustrate the fight against the climate as a comeback in a football match.
He said: “If it was a football game, the current score would be 5-1 in the match between humanity and climate change. What I think you can say today after two days of talks with about 120 world leaders is that we have moved back a goal, if not two, and I think we are going to be able to extend this file. “
We don’t know where to start with this analogy.
Let’s start with the score. 5-1 down is a big enough margin to make any sort of comeback. Just a few days ago, Johnson suggested that humanity was down that score at halftime, which would give Humanity FC a bit more time to make its dramatic resurrection, but it’s still an all-powerful task and it’s unclear what kind of open space these players will find themselves in after such a beating. .
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Second, even if humanity managed to raise their level of play in the second half and score a goal or two, that would only bring the score to 5-3 at best, which we hate to say it wouldn’t take a game in overtime. It wouldn’t even be a replay. Just an overall victory for climate change, which might have regretted not having increased its record in the second half.
It’s hard to believe the Prime Minister attending England’s Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark and the final with Italy at Wembley this summer – both games both gone into overtime – has managed to show such a colossal incomprehension of football.
Needless to say, people weren’t impressed.
Maybe Johnson should take some advice on football analogies from Dr Jonathan Van Tam, although we’re worried he has talked too much about ‘footy’ with Iain Duncan Smith.