The following interview is mentioned in yesterdays The Telegraph Comment: The high price of going green
After starting his role as the new CBI president, Sir Roger Carr talks of his vision for a competitive UK economy.
Sir Roger Carr could be forgiven for wondering whether he might have picked a better week to begin his new job at the voice of British business.
The Confederation of British Industry president began his role last Monday, unveiling a report backing the Coalition Government's austerity plan for cutting Britain's deficit and calling for more action on moving to a low-carbon economy, increasing labour market flexibility and reducing employment red tape.
Then the sections headed "working towards a low-carbon economy" and "developing a strong banking system" became rather overtaken by events.
As chairman of British Gas owner Centrica, Sir Roger, 64, was instead being asked about the inflation-busting energy price rises of rival utility Scottish Power and the decision by Opec to add to energy price pressures by deciding against increasing global oil supplies.
His membership of the court of the Bank of England also made him more than a casual observer of the latest appearance of the nation's top retail bankers before the Treasury Select Committee to discuss how they should be regulated.
It's all in a week's work for the portfolio director and Sir Roger is no stranger to controversy, having been at the centre of Kraft Food's hostile takeover of Cadbury as the chocolate-maker's chairman 18 months ago.