Labour Tried To Strip Funding From Farmers

As the new Agriculture Bill was going through committee stage late yesterday afternoon, the Labour Party attempted to tack on an amendment that would have stripped subsidies from farmers who allowed hunting on their land. The way the amendment was worded would have excluded any land on which anyone had killed a rat with a terrier in the last 15 years from any farm payments – stripping almost all farmers of their government income. Welcome to the sweeping agrarian reform libertarian revolution, comrades…

The radical amendment – tabled by Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary and Plymouth MP Luke Pollard and other urban MPs- was so poorly formed it undermined Labour’s own Hunting Act’s definition of hunting. Back when Labour held some seats in the countryside, they thought to exclude rats from the Hunting Act as farmers use dogs as the most environmentally friendly form of pest control. The alternatives of laying poison or traps both have damaging environmental consequences…

Looks like Labour aren’t looking to win back any rural voters any time soon. Solely relying on urban seats can’t take them to a parliamentary majority…

mdi-timer February 28 2020 @ 14:00 28 Feb 2020 @ 14:00 mdi-comment View Comments
Green Party Spokesman Left Speechless When Asked to Explain Policy

Green Party London Assembly Member Caroline Russell was left stumped by Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRADIO this morning when asked what “making the world a better place” actually means in practical terms. Hugging trees is easy until you need costed policy solutions…

Not the first time a Green Party figure has had a bit of a “brain fade“. Thankfully for them, this ‘Natalie Bennett moment’ wasn’t in the middle of an election campaign…

mdi-timer February 28 2020 @ 10:17 28 Feb 2020 @ 10:17 mdi-comment View Comments
Net Zero Emissions to Cost Over £100,000 per Household

Analysis by the Global Warming Policy Foundation has found the cost of reaching the Government’s “Net Zero” carbon emissions target will be astronomical for the UK economy. The cost of decarbonising the electricity system and domestic housing alone in the next three decades will cost over £2.5 trillion pounds. This soars to over £3 trillion when manufacturing, transport and agriculture are included equivalent to £100,000 per household or £100 billion every single year.

The reports set out the “stark” conclusions that there are relatively few avenues to strip out carbon from the economy, leading to inevitably drastic measures in a short amount of time, such as stripping out all gas central heating systems in the country. Each tonne of carbon abatement will cost “hundreds of pounds”, far higher than the cost of damage done by CO2 emissions, which is estimated to run to £30 or £40 per tonne.

Freedom of Information requests cast huge doubt on the Government’s official Committee on Climate Change estimates that Net Zero will cost “around 1–2% of GDP by 2050.” The committee refused to release its calculations, and remarkably admitted it had not calculated the resource cost for each year between 2020 and 2049. Meaning the Government is embarking on this project without any of its own costings…

GWPF director Benny Peiser told Guido that

“Although the Committee on Climate Change claims that net zero can be achieved at modest cost, they have now quietly admitted that they have not actually prepared any detailed costing. Unfortunately, Parliament seems to have taken them at their word, and we are now embarked on a project that risks to bankrupt the country.”

The Net Zero project was rushed through with no proper discussion or costings having been carried out. After the obscene spectacle of HS2 costs more than tripling over the last decade, Guido would have thought the Government would take more care over this enormously expensive decarbonising project that is pushing ahead with next to no scrutiny…

mdi-timer February 24 2020 @ 16:25 24 Feb 2020 @ 16:25 mdi-comment View Comments
Standards Commissioner Launches Caroline Lucas Investigation

Green MP Caroline Lucas is under investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, for selling offering paid parliamentary tours -which should be free – during the 2019 General Election campaign. Lucas said anyone who paid £150 towards her re-election fund would be eligible for a half-hour long “personal guided tour of House of Commons”The biggest crime is surely Lucas considering 30 minutes of her company to be worth £150…

In a statement to her local paper The Argus, Lucas said “I do not believe I have done anything wrong” despite the House of Commons Code of Conduct explicitly stating. “Members are reminded that tours on the Parliamentary estate which would otherwise be available at nil cost… should under no circumstances be offered as raffle or auction prizes.” It will be up to the Standards Commissioner to adjudicate…

mdi-timer February 19 2020 @ 14:15 19 Feb 2020 @ 14:15 mdi-comment View Comments
Police Refuse to Act Against Cambridge Eco-Vandals

Climate change protestors have moved on from illegal road closures to the active destruction of property. Following their Home Office attack last week, the Extinction Rebellion group have turned to ripping up the lawn of Trinity College Cambridge today. This forms part of their action in Cambridge including stopping a council meeting, blocking roads (including forcing an ambulance to turn back), all in order to seize legislative powers from the council.

Today’s destructive stunt was overseen by police, who confirmed to Cambridge News that they are refusing to make any arrests. Ray Bisby, the acting Police and Crime Commissioner for the area said:

“The constabulary is in a challenging position where they will work in partnership to provide a proportionate policing response to the protest, balancing the needs and rights of protestors with those impacted by the protest.”

Surely an excellent new tactic for other petty criminals. Simply call your trashing of property rights “a protest” and get off escape arrest!

mdi-timer February 17 2020 @ 15:36 17 Feb 2020 @ 15:36 mdi-comment View Comments
Extinction Rebellion Protestors Arrested Outside Home Office

Extinction Rebellion’s all white, all middle class protesting vandals are finally being arrested. They look delighted.

Police unimpressed with the prospect of getting muddy. It’s a dirty job…

mdi-timer February 13 2020 @ 11:10 13 Feb 2020 @ 11:10 mdi-comment View Comments
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