Yesterday, as some areas of the east of England were declared in a state of drought, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman was quick to blame the shortage of water on the ‘big challenge of climate change’.
It was the typical knee-jerk reaction of an obsessively ‘green’ government which – in order to justify its punitive environmental taxes and draconian targets to reduce CO2 emissions – sees evidence of global warming everywhere it looks.
As former Cabinet Secretary Lord Turnbull said this week in a truly withering critique, ministers and their officials have deliberately ignored the huge doubts surrounding climate change science.
‘From our politicians we need open-mindedness, more rationality, less emotion and less religiosity; and an end to the alarmist propaganda and to attempts to frighten us and our children,’ he wrote.
Already, the cost of what Lord Turnbull calls the Government’s ‘global evangelism’ is plain to see: with households paying an extra £200 a year in hidden green charges on their gas and electricity bills and power companies being forced to scar the countryside with 10,000 ineffective wind turbines.
The cost to the fragile economic recovery could be even greater, with advisers warning David Cameron that the move to a low-carbon economy will cost 1 per cent of GDP, or £13billion a year.
Worse, we are the only country in the world to have imposed on its economy a strict, anti-competitive and legally-binding requirement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2025.
China (whose annual increase in emissions is greater than the UK’s total emissions), India and the U.S. are all refusing to commit to significant reductions – rendering our own efforts as futile as they are foolish.
In a devastating analysis on these pages, in which he wisely calls for the suspension of the current UK policy, former chancellor Nigel Lawson says: ‘It is curious, to say the least, that a government that came to power saying it wished to rebalance the economy ... should be determined to impose the most anti-manufacturing energy policy of any government in history.’
Sadly, the suspicion is that – as with his crazy, politically-correct commitment to increase international aid – Mr Cameron is expecting the country to foot a heavy bill for his own personal obsession with ‘detoxifying’ the Tory brand.
This is total madness at a time when families are already finding it hard to pay their bills, and the economy is struggling to emerge from a deep recession.
Another day, another government U-turn – this time over Eric Pickles’s promise to make councils reinstate weekly bin collections.
The news is a bitter blow to the millions of families who will now continue to have to wait a fortnight for their rotting, vermin-attracting waste to be taken away.
Is it really only a year since the blustering Mr Pickles told this newspaper it was a ‘basic right’ for everyone to have their dustbin emptied weekly – even though he knew that telling town halls what to do would go against the Tory party’s so-called ‘localism’ agenda?
The cost of Mr Clegg
Thanks to a Parliamentary answer, we now know it has cost £1million so far to run Nick Clegg’s private office.
Ah well, when you consider how he has scuppered NHS reform, engineered a shambolic and unaffordable tuition fees system, stymied reform of the Human Rights Act and sabotaged stricter immigration controls, it’s a footling sum compared with the billions he will cost us over the next few years.