Politicians, spin, faux rows, energy costs and the EU

Here we are at the end of the first week of election campaigning.  There has been a faux war being waged by the three main parties over the cost of National Insurance rises and a married couples’ tax break.  Yet the sums involved pale into trivial insignificance when weighed against how much worse off we will be as a result of the insane energy policy being pursued by the main parties, under the auspices of the vexatious European Union.

The whole election campaign is a pathetic farce.  This election is nothing more than stage managed posturing over minor issues to distract the electorate from the major issues the politicians are refusing to put on the table for consideration.  A timely reminder of this can be found in The Times today as at least one commentator reminds readers that we’re on a green road to hell.  As business columnist Carl Mortished explains:

Don’t give way to petrol pump rage this weekend. If you don’t like paying 120p for a litre of road fuel, get used to it. Get used to 130p per litre. It is now policy that you should be gouged.

It is not just government policy but universal public policy. Everyone (meaning everyone who matters, and that excludes you) agrees that the cost of energy must rise and keep on rising.

As the parties scrabble around with their media based theatre, bleating about the whys and wherefores of a £6bn argument over National Insurance, they want to go further still with their energy plans at a cost to us of thousands of billions of pounds.  As the media focuses on a contrived row about how much coinage will be taken from our left pocket, they and the politicians are silent on the plans to remove our whole wallet from our right pocket, a folly that will impoverish millions of Britons.

Already the number of cars on British roads has dropped for the first time since WWII as a result of the recession.  Some people think this is a good thing.  But no previous recession resulted in fewer cars on the road.  Other factors are at play, such as record high energy prices, fuel prices and vehicle and fuel taxation.  It’s only going to get worse.

People are now being priced off the roads.  The green lobby will be celebrating this fact.  But this is before the real cost of the energy policies – such as the deranged rules on biofuels – kick in.  How many people will be priced off the roads then?

Think about it.  How many people will be unable to afford driving to work and in the absence of adequate public transport become economically inactive?  Already there are people I work with who say the cost of getting to work is getting so high they are unable to make ends meet.  The cost of domestic gas and electricity continues to rise thanks to the renewables obligation and expanding feed-in tarrifs.  Who will pay for their housing, food and utility bills when they are unable to work?  Who will make up the shortfall in tax receipts?

Who is to blame for this?  Our politicians who have floated down this path in their bubble, and the insipid EU which has plucked targets out of thin air to make policy that binds this country without any thought about the implications.

When compared to the gathering storm created by our politicians on the strength of a climate hypothesis, the issues our juvenile contestants in the political beauty pageant have chosen to argue about are all but irrelevant.

Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and David Cameron protest that politics needs to become more relevant.  They say they want people to re-engage with the political protest.  They claim they can be trusted and are deserving of our support.  They implore us to listen to their words and believe their promises.  Yet they act as a consensus and refuse point blank to offer any alternative to the nightmare future their narrow, kneejerk thinking is forcing us towards.

Their self regard, hubris and desperation to be seen as ‘good’ and ‘virtuous’ is pushing us towards a completely avoidable disaster.  They do not deserve our votes.  Voting for these educated, arrogant and vacuous fools is a vote in favour of slow, inexorable decline, the dramatic extension of the impoverished underclass reliant on the state that is in turn reliant on debt and borrowing, and eventual societal breakdown.  Will they talk about this?  I guarantee you they won’t.

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8 Responses to “Politicians, spin, faux rows, energy costs and the EU”


  1. 1 TomTom 10/04/2010 at 1:51 pm

    It is as they say, the very definition of a Greek Tragedy

  2. 2 Robert 10/04/2010 at 6:25 pm

    You have written a number of good posts over the past weeks. This is one of your best and sums up what I had been thinking for a while. Throw in immigration (this and energy are both EU competencies) and how we are going to sort out the deficit and pay back what we owe, these are all being ignored.

    I will not be voting for any of the three main parties.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 10/04/2010 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks for your very kind comment Robert :)

  4. 4 Mike Riordan 10/04/2010 at 7:34 pm

    I think you have summed it up neatly. We should be building real power stations instead of windmills and we shouldn’t be subsidising hopelessly inefficient solar power. Yes we have to find alternatives to fossil fuels – eventually – but not now and especially not because of scientifically dubious climate change theories. This post links neatly to your other posts on the abject failure of the political classes to engage successfully with those of us in the real world.

  5. 5 faustiesblog 11/04/2010 at 2:09 am

    Who will pay for their housing, food and utility bills when they are unable to work? Who will make up the shortfall in tax receipts?

    It’s obvious, isn’t it? We are to become dependent upon the State. Then they will control us completely.

    When the oil markets are not being manipulated, oil is taxed to the extent that it gets drivers off the road.

    I can’t help thinking that we are a test-bed for finding the means of forcing people onto public transport. I.e., freedomless travel.

    I strongly suspect that their agenda is to disable the rural dwellers to such an extent that they will migrate to cities, where TPTB want them. All the better to control them.

    When people are reliant on the government [e.g., transport, health, housing, jobs], the goverment has complete control.

    You WILL obey!

  6. 6 Agincourt 11/04/2010 at 11:53 am

    Because of the despicable evasions by the established parties of the problems Britain now faces, the election may as you say change nothing. But if there is a hung Parliament election result, this will be even worse, especially the undemocratic horse trading – avoiding the needs of the country, & dealing only with the needs & ambitions of self-centred politicians. And it could let the appalling Gordon Brown back in, via a Lib-Dem stitch-up that will not do Britain any real good – neither in the long or the short-term.

    Whatever happens, this is a bad time for Britain. Although there will be euphoria for a short while if Brown & Labour lose decisively, & gloom all round if they survive, I strongly suspect the next 2 years will be even worse – whichever party is in power. Pity about the hugely irrelevant & expensive Olympic Games in 2012. Let’s hope Britain doesn’t default before, during, or because of it!

  7. 7 Hezkyden 11/04/2010 at 6:25 pm

    Well put.


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