Johnson’s football analogy doesn’t work

“I would say that humanity as a whole is about 5–1 down at half-time. We’ve got a long way to go, but we can do it. We have the ability to come back but it’s going to take a huge amount of effort. Team World is up against a very formidable opponent in climate change.” (Boris Johnson)

It’s not just the 5–1 scoreline. Teams around the world fail to come back from 4 goal deficits the majority of the time. In fact I’d wager it’s very rare for a team to win from such a poor position. If it is meant to inspire hope, it…



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