The newspapers have been full of the news that Iain Duncan Smith has resigned because of his objections to the massive cuts that are planned to disability benefits. However, on yesterday’s Andrew Marr show, IDS admitted the real reason why he resigned, and it’s more evil than you might imagine.
Back in May 2015, the government started it’s war on green energy. The story that it came up with to cover for this ideological assault on the planet was that green energy subsidies were costing the average household a fortune. That fortune turned out to be about 0.7% of your bill – about £8 on average (far less than the subsidy on coal and gas). However, who wouldn’t want to save £8, even if it meant accelerating climate change, right?
Well, a parliamentary report published today says it may not have been such a good idea. In fact the report claims the government’s culling of green energy will cost us £3.18bn a year, or £116 per household on average.
The government has taken a number of steps to kill off green energy (despite it being cheaper than nuclear), and those steps are seen as so irrational by investors that no energy investors trust the Conservatives any more. As a result it is harder to find funding for new power schemes, pushing prices up.
Examples cited by the report are;
- Highly successful carbon capture schemes were abandoned just weeks before the end of the 10 year £220m project
- Solar subsidies were slashed, destroying a highly successful fledgling industry
- Local people were given the power to block wind farms, but forbidden from stopping fracking
- Scrapping the zero carbon homes initiative
- Ending funding for the Green Deals company, which improved energy efficiency in homes
- Having no energy policy at all beyond 2020
- A complete lack of transparency in energy policy, with numerous contradictory rules seemingly being plucked out of thin air at random
- The report also alludes that investors are concerned that the government is intentionally misleading the public about what they are doing.
The UK energy policy has left us with an expensive bill, benefiting no-one but the companies who sell oil, gas and coal. The only question is whether that is true evil, or just plain old incompetence.
David Cameron has been doing his best to clamp down on democracy. He is putting in place measures to cut funding to the Labour party by changing the rules on union funding. He’s also drastically cutting the funding that all opposition parties receive in a bid to stop them forming an effective opposition.
Now that the Left is taken out of the picture, Cameron’s next step is to take care of the other people who can stop his quest for unfettered power – the grass roots Conservative Associations. Mwhahaha.
At the moment there are 650 Conservative Associations throughout the country, and as can be seen in this photo from Ipswich Central Conservative Club, they are a dynamic hotbed of political debate, with grey haired members of all ages. Even women can join these days if they fancy a spot of Cribbage or Dominoes (Fives and Threes that is, not that foreign food).
The problem for David Cameron is that these 650 associations are responsible for selecting MPs and even the next PM. And rather than being in favour of whichever candidate will do the best to earn themselves a handful of non-executive directorships, or otherwise grease the way for their own profit at the expense of the poor, statistically the club members tend to be more of the view that whoever will increase their pension and send foreigners home is the right man for the job. Or lady for the job. But probably a man.
So, rather than leaving the future wealth of David and his friends is in the hands of people outside of his control, he is proposing to change the way these associations work, and merge them from 650 down to 90 associations, each of which will have less influence on politics. And with no accountability from the left or the right, David can do what he wants. Mwhahaha.