When Ed Miliband won the Labour leadership, the commentators overlooked his most startling achievement.
Signally missing from all the attempts to find any substance in the strangely two-dimensional figure who is now leader of the Labour Party has been any reference to Ed Miliband's most spectacular achievement – the fact that he is potentially the most expensive politician in Britain's history,
The only real contribution David Miliband's little brother has so far made to our lives in his meteoric political career was to put through the 2008 Climate Change Act. This commits Britain, uniquely in the world, to cutting its CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, at a cost estimated, on the website of his old Department for Energy and Climate Change, at up to £18.3 billion every year for the next four decades. In cash terms this amounts to £734 billion, making it far and away the most costly law ever put through Parliament. It will equate to more than £700 a year for every household in the land, as we pay for thousands more useless windmills and other quixotic gestures through fast-rising taxes, soaring electricity bills, draconian regulatory costs and heaven knows what else. Furthermore, neither Mr Miliband himself, nor any of his Act's supporters, could begin to explain how that 80 per cent target is to be attained without closing down virtually our entire economy.
Is the politician responsible for such a law, we might ask ourselves, fit to be considered as our future prime minister? Except that it was also enthusiastically voted for by virtually every MP present in the House, including of course David Cameron's Conservatives and the Lib Dems, with only three voting against. Wherever we look, the lunatics are now firmly in charge of the asylum, and until enough politicians come to their senses and realise what a catastrophic blunder they have made, so it will remain.
For the meantime, whenever we see or hear Mr Miliband, we may at least recall that claim to fame – the most expensive politician in history, responsible for a law that was not only the most costly ever put through Parliament but that will also be recognised, eventually, as the most insane.
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