From Daily Mail: Rock and Roll icon Mick Jagger has lamented Donald Trump as a polarizing and rude figure who is ‘tearing apart’ America’s environmental safeguards – but the US president wasn’t the only world leader to be admonished in the singer’s extraordinary diatribe Saturday.
The Rolling Stones frontman said America should be setting the environmental standard for the world to follow, but, under the leadership of Trump, Jagger believes environment controls are being decimated.
Jagger, 76, says he is ‘absolutely behind’ young climate change activists who had earlier occupied the red carpet at the Venice film festival, where the new psychological thriller he’s starring in, ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’, was debuting.
He then deplored how politics has descended into a circus of name-calling, ‘including in my own country this week’ – a reference to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson comparing opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a ‘big girl’s blouse’ and a ‘chlorinated chicken’.
Jagger also bewailed ‘the polarization and incivility in public life’, although the one-time bad boy of 1960s rock admitted he was ‘not always for civility’ himself.
‘But when you see it now… in so many countries, including my own this last week, but particularly the US, it’s a sea change.
‘It is not about manners,’ Jagger insisted, saying he was fearful about ‘where all this polarization and rudeness and lying is going to lead us.’
More worrying still, said the singer, was that what little environmental safeguards there were were being swept away across the globe.
Jagger blasted Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. ‘We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the US, where all the environmental controls that were put in place – that were just about adequate – have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they are being wiped out,’ he added.
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