It's from Joel Kotkin and speaks of California. But it could apply in the UK - indeed in any European nation:
But now, having embraced a stringent environmentalism, the gentry seek to impose their “green” agenda on the hoi polloi. If this hypocrisy isn’t disturbing enough, consider the increasingly top-down nature of environmentalist politics. In the past, conservationists focused on how to protect people from harm and preserve nature, in part, so people might enjoy it. Many of today’s progressives not only are determined to protect their privileges, but seek to limit the opportunities for pretty much everyone else.
And the same goes for policies in health, in education and in criminal justice - the interests of the left wing gentry ar eprotected and the working classes get stuffed.