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Tory MP pens letter to ‘hypocritical’ band The 1975 asking how they will embark on world tour

A Tory MP is today embroiled in an argument with The 1975 after accusing the band of ‘hypocrisy’. 

David TC Davies asked the Manchester-based pop-rock group how they would travel for their upcoming world tour after they spoke out about carbon emissions. 

The 1975 have pledged their allegiance to climate change, and featured a recorded essay from the Swedish climate change teenage activist Greta Thunberg on their latest album.

They pledged to donate all revenue generated from the track to the eco-warrior organisation, Extinction Rebellion.  

David TC Davies asked the Manchester-based pop-rock group how they would travel for their upcoming world tour after speaking out about carbon emissions

In a letter posted on Twitter today, Mr Davies asked whether the group would travel via train and boat instead of on planes for their tour

In a letter posted on Twitter today, Mr Davies asked whether the group would travel via train and boat instead of on planes for their tour

The 1975 have pledged their allegiance to climate change and donated funds to Extinction Rebellion

The 1975 have pledged their allegiance to climate change and donated funds to Extinction Rebellion

The 1975 featured a recorded essay from the Swedish climate change teenage activist Greta Thunberg (pictured this week), on their latest album

The 1975 featured a recorded essay from the Swedish climate change teenage activist Greta Thunberg (pictured this week), on their latest album

‘Will you be sailing in a £4m super-yacht like your mate Greta?’: MPs scathing letter to band

Mr Davies, published his letter on Twitter. 

In it, he wrote: ‘Apparently, you feel so strongly about the ‘climate emergency’ that you are donating all proceeds to Extinction Rebellion so they can continue to block roads and prevent people from getting to work.

‘And next week you are setting off to work yourselves, on a world tour, playing concerts in South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and various venues across America.

‘Given your concern about a ‘climate emergency’, I just wondered how you are going to get to these places?

‘Are you travelling to Asia on the Trans-Siberian Express? Or will you be sailing in a £4m 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 of carbon emissions one minute – then jet across the globe the next.’

He finishes the letter with: ‘P.S. Are you going to be asking Extinction Rebellion to block roads in the cities when you play so that we can be certain nobody drives to one of your concerts by car?’

In a letter posted on Twitter today, Mr Davies asked whether the group would travel via train and boat instead of on planes for their tour.  

In it, the Monmouth MP writes: ‘We must silence any mean-minded sceptics who think it’s a tad hypocritical to preach on the evils of carbon emissions one minute – then jet across the globe the next!’

He adds: ‘Apparently, you feel so strongly about the ‘climate emergency’ that you are donating all proceeds to Extinction Rebellion so they can continue to block roads and prevent people from getting to work.

‘And next week you are setting off to work yourselves, on a world tour, playing concerts in South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and various venues across America.’ 

The band’s manager Jamie Oborne hit back, telling Mr Davies to enjoy his ‘five minutes of fame’. 

Mr Oborne added: ‘So Parliament is suspended at the most important time in modern UK politics and the most pressing issue on this clowns mind is looking for clout on Twitter. 

‘Enjoy your 5 minutes. Is this really the best we have?! 

‘I can feel a change coming and it feels good.’ 

Greta featured on the band’s track, also named The 1975, which helped fund Extinction Rebellion’s cause. 

The bands tour starts in Rome on Friday and will travel to Dublin, Hong King, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Paris and the United States. Pictured singer Matt Healy performing at Reading Festival, last weekend

The bands tour starts in Rome on Friday and will travel to Dublin, Hong King, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Paris and the United States. Pictured singer Matt Healy performing at Reading Festival, last weekend

The band's manager Jamie Oborne hit back, telling Mr Davies to enjoy his 'five minutes of fame'

The band’s manager Jamie Oborne hit back, telling Mr Davies to enjoy his ‘five minutes of fame’

Lyrics in the song include: ‘Everything needs to change. You say that nothing in life is black or white. But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie.

‘To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible. Yes, we need a system change rather than individual change. But you cannot have one without the other.

‘We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control’ 

The organisation wrote in a letter of thanks: ‘Greta you are an outstanding human. You were there when Extinction Rebellion launched back on Parliament Sq in London just nine months ago. Again and again you show your support in meaningful ways – from small kind acts to things like this. We salute you sister. ‘

‘To the 1975s, we thank you massively for your rebellious contribution and promise to put this to good use. We’re loving your commitment to rebel for life with us. Music has the power to break through barriers, and right now we really need to break through some barriers if we are to face this emergency. We are currently heading towards 4 degrees of heating for the world.’

Greta Thunberg added: ‘I’m grateful to get the opportunity to get my message out to a broad new audience in a new way. I think it’s great that the 1975 is so strongly engaged in the climate crisis. We quickly need to get people in all branches of society to get involved. And this collaboration I think is something new.’ 

The bands tour starts in Rome on Friday and will travel to Dublin, Hong King, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Paris and the United States.  

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