Tory MP’s Anti-‘Left-Wing Ultra-Green Nonsense’ Committee Campaign

The new MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, Fay Jones, has caught the attention of colleagues this morning with her bold campaign to join the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, declaring “I know how to fight against left-wing ultra-Green nonsense!”. Much like her constituency, which she claims contains “sixteen thousand beef and sheep farmers”…

Fay boasts “If we haven’t met yet, the one thing I would stress is that I defeated a vegetarian Liberal Democrat to get here.” Before going on to set out her manifesto: While we need to tackle climate change urgently, our response must be based on sound science.” Guido looks forward to Extinction Rebellion’s reaction if her election attempt is victorious…

UPDATE: Fay was elected…

mdi-timer February 10 2020 @ 12:00 10 Feb 2020 @ 12:00 mdi-comment Comments
Gove Can’t Answer How Much His Diesel and Petrol Car Ban Will Cost

Despite being asked eight times by Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning on TalkRADIO, Michael Gove failed to answer how much the Government’s proposed ban on diesel and petrol cars will cost taxpayers. The radical policy has been brought forward from 2040 to 2035 “at the latest” this morning, yet the Government has not offered any indication of how the new infrastructure required will be funded. If we use Tesla charging stations as a guide they cost some £200,000 each. The nation will need millions of charging stations, to cover the country from Lands End to John o’Groats will make HS2 costs seem like pocket change in comparison. It’s easy to lumber future governments with commitments. It’s harder to come up with the spending cuts or tax rises to pay for them…

mdi-timer February 4 2020 @ 08:58 4 Feb 2020 @ 08:58 mdi-comment Comments
Dumbest Green Party Campaign Ever

Just a couple of problems with the Green Party’s new campaign. Firstly Network Rail, the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the railway network in Great Britain, is owned by the state. The Department for Transport controls it and it has no shareholders, so reinvests all its income in the railways. Secondly, electrifying the actual rails would be a very bad idea. Most inter-city British trains rely on overhead power lines. Cheaper, safer and less dangerous for wildlife. Dumb campaign, dumb slogan…

mdi-timer January 28 2020 @ 17:00 28 Jan 2020 @ 17:00 mdi-comment Comments
City Hall Contracts Given to Labour Donor Who Gave Half-a-Million

Sadiq Khan has granted lucrative contracts to a firm that donates to his party, Guido can reveal. Ecotricity was handed contracts worth £400,000 of taxpayers’ money every year by the current Mayor. Labour-donor Ecotricity is run by Dale Vince, who has also funded fox-killer Jolyon Maugham’s legal challenge to extend Article 50. Sadiq failed to declare a link to Dale Vince and Ecotricity when the contracts were awarded…

Sadiq has said that Ecotricity now provides all of the electricity for the Greater London Authority. Coincidentally, according to the Electoral Commission, Ecotricity has given £515,000 to the Labour Party since 2014 – £45,000 of this was during Sadiq Khan’s Mayoral bid. Added to this, just before the last mayoral election, Dale Vince was one of the business leaders who signed a public letter in support of Sadiq Khan.

The GLA’s code of conduct says holders of public office must “declare and resolve any interests and relationships.” Why didn’t Sadiq flag up the links between Dale Vince and Ecotricity, with the Labour Party and its London Mayor?

UPDATE: When asked by Guido about the story, a mayoral spokesperson claimed that “The Mayor and his team had no involvement in or knowledge of this contract award. GLA officers appointed an independent public sector energy procurement company to find the best provider for the GLA’s requirements. The contract ends on 31st March.”

mdi-timer January 27 2020 @ 15:00 27 Jan 2020 @ 15:00 mdi-comment Comments
Prince Charles’s King’s Speech

He’s just repeating himself on his environmental crusade at this point…

mdi-timer January 22 2020 @ 14:05 22 Jan 2020 @ 14:05 mdi-comment Comments
Tory Voters Want to Prioritise Cutting Energy Bills, Labour Voters Don’t

New polling by YouGov on behalf of the Global Warming Policy Forum has found Tory voters prioritise cutting energy bills far more than Labour voters do. Reflecting the new electoral coalition the Conservative Party enjoys, working-class C2DE voters favour cutting bills over stronger climate change targets. A total mirror image to middle-class ABC1 voters…

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pattern is also true with Leave and Remain voters…

If the Government is wondering what policy agenda will unite its electoral coalition, cutting energy bills with market mechanisms is a pretty safe bet…

mdi-timer January 21 2020 @ 17:02 21 Jan 2020 @ 17:02 mdi-comment Comments
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