From Richard at EU Referendum we have a story about the growing power of the European Parliament, relative to that of the European Commission. But what the story also does is give lie to the often made claim by Conservatives that they cost you less.
The story is about the European Parliament rejecting a Commission plan to force up the price of so-called carbon credits, by delaying the auction of a variety of credit denominations until the end of the 2013-20 period, known as ‘backloading’. The cost of carbon credits are passed on to consumers, driving up the cost of energy and goods.
But it is the background to the story which should be more interesting to British voters, as it demonstrates that the publicly stated concern of David Cameron and his crew of neo-Social Democrats about the energy prices people in this country pay, is a deceitful sham.
It transpires that David Cameron instructed Conservative MEPs to vote for the Commission’s proposal, in favour of forcing up carbon credit prices. No, you did not misread that. The official British position was to support the Commission’s attempts to ramp up the carbon price. Some of the Tory MEPs rebelled and voted against, contributing to the rejection of the proposal by a mere 19 votes. Think back to Cameron’s very public concern about energy prices for the hard pressed consumers and threats to legislate against the energy companies to force them to put customers on their lowest tariffs, then consider what happened in Brussels, and we have (more) hard evidence that Cameron is a duplicitous fraud and the claim that Conservatives cost you less is a blatant lie.
Following the vote the price of credits dropped to an all-time record low and the carbon market finds itself in a fair bit of trouble. You might think this is good news and the end of the matter. But there’s more. Because to compound Cameron’s cynical actions we are reminded of something rather important by Richard :
Sadly, though, Britain does not get the benefit of this market collapse, Mr Osborne having already decided to add to the cost of the carbon credits, with an additional £4.94 in carbon tax. This, while continental industry and electricity consumers will be paying something like £2 per ton of carbon dioxide produced, the British equivalents will be paying about £7.
With the UK government committed to driving the carbon price up to £18 in 2018, to £30 in 2020 and to £70 in 2030, using the carbon tax mechanism, we now face the spectre of the EU’s carbon market collapsing completely, leaving the UK as the only country in the EU handicapped in this way.
As this blog always encourages people, ignore the spin and the weasel words and judge politicians by their actions. We have the high borrowing, high taxing, wasteful spending antics of Labour and Liberal Democrat incompetents and, with this story, yet more evidence should any be needed that the Conservatives are absolutely no different.
Assuming in your area the Conservatives still have sufficient members to go door-to-door canvassing ahead of the County Council elections, if you want to have a little fun, share this story with them and ask them to explain how Conservatives cost you less.