By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness

In years to come, people will look back and wonder how politicians of all parties were so naive to believe that Net Zero could be attained at little cost.

Finally some are beginning to wake up to the truth:

Boris Johnson’s green agenda has been plunged into chaos amid fears that the costs of reaching “net zero” could cripple working class families in newly-won Tory seats.

A Treasury review of the costs of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 has been delayed since the spring. There are concerns the analysis highlights that the poorest households will be hit the hardest by the ambition, which will involve policies such as stripping out gas boilers and switching to electric or hydrogen cars.

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, is said to be increasingly concerned about a looming crisis over the cost of living for British households, as the country faces the triple threat of rocketing energy bills, the potential for rising prices as a result of inflation, and an as-yet unspecified suite of policies to enable the country to meet the net zero target.

The Treasury review has been held back amid fears that the analysis will lead MPs and the public to the conclusion that Mr Johnson’s net zero strategy would be politically toxic in the Red Wall seats won by the Conservatives in December 2019.

Amid growing disquiet among Tory MPs, a new net zero scrutiny group of backbenchers is being formed to hold ministers to account over the plans. Craig Mackinlay, its chairman, warned that spending vast sums on subsidising green schemes would be seen by the public as “aping” some of Jeremy Corbyn’s pledges at the 2019 election.

He said: “The Conservatives’ strongest hand has always been credibility: credibility to deliver good economics and good governance. To ape the failed policies of an extreme Labour politician does not seem to be the way of electoral success.”

He added: “I’m very pleased the Treasury are actually thinking of this with a financial head on rather than just a warm feeling.”

It really should not have taken a genius to work out that forcing people to buy  hugely expensive electric cars and heat pumps was would cripple most family budgets.

As we know, of course, successive governments have been badly misled by Gummer’s Committee on Climate Change, helped its useful idiots in the media who have failed to challenge Gummer’s crazy policies. It is worth noting that this article is written by Edward Malnick, the Political Editor, rather than little Emma Gatten, who merely gets an assist. Her contributions are usually typical of the environmental departments across the media, which act as mouthpieces for the renewable lobby and rarely challenge any of the green dogma.


August 8, 2021