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Household energy costs set to rocket


As if our electricity and gas bills weren’t high enough already, the Coalition Government – who you have probably guessed by now I am not particularly happy with – have carried on as if Chris Huhne was still the Energy Secretary and decided to press on with an Energy Bill to encourage more “investment in low carbon generation and clean energy”. In other words, wind farms. But where will the money come from for this “investment”. Do you think the nice people at npower or E.ON are going to cough up themselves? No, of course not. They are going to put up your energy bill to pay for those turbine monstrosities.

So, for the Coaltion Government to be able to meet EU carbon emission targets for non-existent anthropogenic global warming, they are going to force the energy cartel that provides our electricity and gas to whack our bills up to the tune of an extra £200 a year according to the independent Committee on Climate Change.

I was having a chat with my MP, Ben Gummer, last weekend and I politely advised him that talking of climate change in his weekly missive in the Morning Ipswich Star (not online) was not such a great idea. Most people in urban centres in the provinces don’t care for climate change when we are experiencing the coldest May for a century and they especially don’t like paying ever higher energy bills to ward off non-existent global warming. Mr Gummer listened carefully and told me that the Queen’s speech was going to have a Bill in it to “reform the energy market” and I thought at the time that is not the same as saying there would be a Bill to tackle the exorbitant energy bills his constituents have to pay. I know Ben Gummer’s views well as I selected him to be the Conservative Party Ipswich parliamentary candidate in 2007 so I took his reassurances with a large pinch of salt. My doubts were well placed when the Queen spoke a few days later.

The Government did indeed, through Her Majesty, say the Energy Bill will “reform” the electricity market but it won’t be the type of reform that will have a positive disruption. It won’t break up the energy cartel and force down prices – quite the opposite.

This is another example of the Coalition’s priorities and leadership being woefully lacking. The economy is in a complete mess – the BBC Question Time panellists last night, including the hapless Caroline Spelman, the repulsive Chris Bryant and the arrogant Lord Oakeshott didn’t have a clue on how to bring back growth to our industries. Only The Daily Telegraph columnist Peter Oborne had a partial solution – the orderly break up of the Eurozone.

So whilst our economy flat lines, the Government still has time to put in a Bill on House of Lords Reform and, as if people weren’t suffering enough, an Energy Bill which will increase our electricity charges once again in the service of our EU masters.

It would seem our Prime Minister, David Cameron, has learnt nothing over the last week.


Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

5 thoughts on “Household energy costs set to rocket

  1. Let's not forget that it was Blair who insisted that our targets be so high.

  2. Yes but that does not excuse present Government from re-negotiating those targets.

  3. I think you mean anthropogenic (supposedly caused by humans), not anthropomorphic (resembling humans).

  4. I did Stephen. You should become my proof reader!

  5. Ben Gummer is mentioned in dispatches in the comments at my blog.

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