By Paul Homewood

First crack in the dam?

The Former Brexit minister was elected as an MP to represent Wycombe in 2010. He was previously a consulting software engineer and before that a Royal Air Force engineer officer. He is a Chartered Aerospace Engineer with an MSc in Computer Science. He is also a Fellow of the RSA.

Steve became a Brexit minister after re-founding the European Research Group (ERG) to bring the best ideas for a free-trading, internationalist future for the UK into Parliament. He delivered the European Union (Withdrawal) Act in the Commons and worked right across Government on preparedness for our exit, including on energy policy. His subsequent, successful battles are well-documented.

Steve is the longest-standing Conservative on the Commons Treasury Committee. He also serves on the 1922 Executive, enjoying being a Parliamentarian first, campaigning for social progress and prosperity through honest money, free trade and peace.

Mr Baker said:

“I am delighted to accept Lord Lawson’s invitation to become a trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

“I’m increasingly concerned about the astronomical costs of the current Net Zero plans. If they were to be carried through to their logical conclusion, it would mean the end of the comfortable lifestyles we have enjoyed for generations. Only the well-heeled will be able to afford private cars or foreign holidays. Increasing numbers of people will be unable to take for granted heating their homes.”

“If ministers don’t obtain and maintain the consent of the public for Net Zero now with full and frank explanations of the costs and changes ahead, eventually there will be a terrible revolt.”

“We need scrutiny and a sober debate about our policy options, and that’s what the GWPF will help to achieve.”

The GWPF’s founder Lord Lawson, said:

“I have long considered Steve the outstanding MP of his generation. I am delighted to welcome him to the GWPF board of trustees.”

 Meanwhile Steve Baker has written this article for The Critic, which is well worth a read: 

The pandemic and our response to it has hit the country hard. Our economic contraction last year was the worst for hundreds of years and the damage continues to pile up. Millions remain on furlough. Too many businesses have closed their doors for good. That’s why I have worked hard with MPs to promote our collective recovery from this disease.

As we begin to recover, I recall a promise I made to the electors of Wycombe at the 2019 count. After a campaign in which environmental issues were dominant like never before, I promised to pay close attention to climate change policy.

The more I study, the more concerned I become that we are launching a ruinous economic experiment when we can least afford it. With their radical plan to fully decarbonise the entire economy by 2050 — “net zero” — that is just what Conservative ministers are embarked upon.

It is hard to overstate the scale of the transformation ministers intend to deliver. If plans are carried through to their logical conclusion, it will mean the end of the comfortable lifestyles we have enjoyed for generations. Only the well-heeled will be able to afford private cars or foreign holidays. Increasing numbers of people will be unable to take for granted heating their homes.

Full story here.

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May 21, 2021