Green taxes were invented in 1996, about a decade after the green lobby and its supporters began to get very excited about man-made climate change.
Since then green taxes have been piled up to the point that they now bring in more than £40 billion a year, much more than enough to cover the shrinking national defence budget.
However all the terrible effects of climate change that we were promised have been delayed. Unless I have missed it, not a single low-lying island in the Indian or Pacific oceans has been swallowed by the supposedly rising sea. The ice cover in Greenland is melting rather less than some publishers would have us believe. The world is getting colder
In this country we have more trouble with snow than heatwaves. The scientists who acted as the priesthood of the greenhouse effect have gone quiet since the embarrassing business about the e-mails and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has turned out to be less than precise with its evidence.