Johnson’s muddle over Covid is a foretaste of his thinking on climate change. Be afraid | Gaby Hinsliff

Johnson’s muddle over Covid is a foretaste of his thinking on climate change. Be afraid | Gaby Hinsliff

The prime minister’s core belief is that things will work out, and there’s no need for a plan B. We’ve seen how that works

First came the plague, then the flood, and now the fire. This has been a biblical summer, one where the doomsday warnings of climate scientists have felt increasingly close to the bone.

Horror stories of Chinese commuters drowning as underground train tunnels suddenly filled with water have merged uncomfortably in our imaginations with images of flash floods in east London, wildfires burning up the Turkish coast and a Canadian heatwave so fierce it cooked mussels in their shells on the beach.

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