Liar or Fool?

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It would be profoundly ungentlemanly if I were to accuse a woman of lying.  So when it comes to the delicate question of whether Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is mendacious, or just plain ignorant and foolish, with regard to her recent comments on Brexit, I have to come down on the side of folly rather than mendacity.  But I admit that I do so with some difficulty, since it stretches the limits of credulity to assume that our UK Energy Secretary is so hopelessly out-of-touch with the basics of energy pricing.

Ms. Rudd has reportedly said that leaving the EU would have “unknown consequences”, for Britain’s energy security and energy pricing, and that “Britain would lose its influence on European energy markets”.    She advances this as a reason to stay in the EU (although whether her main interest here is protecting energy consumers, or protecting and advancing her own career and ingratiating herself with the Prime Minister, I will leave others to judge).

Is it possible that she can be unaware of the vast damage being done by EU energy policy, as the EU seeks to “lead on the fight against climate change”, oblivious to the fact that no one else is following?  Has she not read of the “industrial massacre” which former EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani has so graphically described?  Has she not noticed the steel plants closing across Britain, and across Europe – caused in large part by high energy costs?  And not just steel plants, but aluminium smelters, oil refiners, chemical and fertiliser plants, glass and ceramic and cement factories?

She castigates the energy companies, and asserts that “the best way to deliver lower energy prices for consumers is to have better competition in the market”.  No it’s not, Ms. Rudd.  The best way to deliver lower energy prices for households and industry is to stop the Gadarene stampede towards expensive, intermittent and unreliable renewables, and instead switch to proven, reliable, cost-effective electricity generation.  Drop the playground technologies and get back to reality.

She seems to think that because oil prices are falling, electricity prices should fall too.  Does she not know that oil is a minor factor in electricity generation (except insofar as the National Grid is planning to rely on commissioning large commercial diesel generators to fill in the gaps left by renewables)?  Because of EU policy, we are closing reliable, low-cost coal-fired power stations.  We are getting Drax to switch from coal to higher-cost, less efficient wood-chip (despite a number of studies indicating that the consequent emissions savings are trivial or even negative).  And we are squandering money and misallocating resources on a grand scale to hugely expensive, unreliable and intermittent renewables.

Recently there was very nearly an outbreak of sanity when Ms. Rudd seemed to recognise, perhaps for the first time, the huge hidden costs of renewables, in terms of back-up costs and inefficiencies, and the huge costs of reshaping the grid to cope with widely distributed small generators.  But like a flash of sunlight on a stormy day, that little outbreak of common sense has been quickly forgotten.

I have said it many times, but it bears repeating — for at least it is clear that Amber Rudd has not yet got the message.  As a direct result of energy policies imposed by Brussels, we are driving jobs and industry and investment out of the EU altogether, often to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, thus arguably increasing emissions while we undermine our economy.  Far from being a reason to stay in the EU, energy policy is one of the most vital arguments for Brexit.

So don’t tell me about the 3½ million jobs that Nick Clegg says we may lose when we leave the EU.  Tell me instead about the jobs we are losing today, as a result of perverse EU energy policies.  And while you’re at it, please also tell those unemployed steel workers.








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16 Responses to Liar or Fool?

  1. Anyoldiron says:

    We will NEVER forget, THEY gave their lives for US.

    So many gave their lives for us
    Fighting in two World Wars,
    Yet when “Peace” came at last
    We ask, “What was that war for”?
    Where is that peace we fought for?
    Did we pay to give it away
    To foreigners once more to govern us?
    Did the people ever have a say?

    We were asked once in 1975
    To remain in the then EEC,
    But what is it now in 2016,
    It is nothing like we thought it would be.
    Our Common Law Constitution
    Ignored and deliberately cast aside,
    A new Flag and EU Anthem
    That no Brits can truly abide.

    Yet according to our Constitution,
    We must be free to govern our selves?
    To betray those that gave their lives for us
    Would be like living in a permanent Hell!
    We are forbidden to obey foreigners
    Our Constitution makes that quite clear,
    So WHY are you allowing foreigners
    To Govern us forever more?

  2. Roger, don’t give up! Just keep telling it like it is please.
    Sometimes I despair of our media. Newsnight used to be cutting edge. Now it is grannies talking about stuff. The Telegraph used to be reliable. Now it is a tabloid. The Times, of course, sits on the fence because that is where “gentlemen” sit. The Mail is loathed.
    Most people do not care much about other people actually. So when all those steel workers and the men in the coal fired power stations got the boot – Hey! – Miriam Carbuncle is winning the X Factor!!!!!

  3. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Fool, and a yet another dangerous one. More fools (Go Flooding with the EA and the bronzed Chairman). Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee – Wednesday 6 January 2016

    If you wade through this you will no doubt understand that lessons don’t get learnt. There is a bit of huff and puff, but the extent of slithering is something to behold. Two of the EA heads are from commercial and I am beginning to wonder why experience in business of the current form has any merit. What has existed at M&S, Tesco, Morrisons and even the B of E is nothing to be proud of. There are others.

    The reasoning here goes along the line that I only just joined so cannot really assist in your enquiries. But you’ll have to listen to the guff about transparency, way forward, strategy, site visits, models, wrong risk maps etc. that are offered as a sort of sympathy. Its about a lot of rain that has happened before (often) and the water cannot adequately get a away/around what was put in its way…how odd is that? At least the chairman slapped down the pointy climate change wide ball from the EA.

    Cameron seems to want to rebuild slums suddenly…denser slums?

  4. Ian Terry says:

    For a lot of us out here in the real world politicians like Ms Rudd that fall with amazing regularity into opening their mouth before engaging brain are beginning to sound pathetic. Do they not realise that the everything they say can be found out on the net as truth or a lie. Perhaps they are in training for the BBC programme of the same name for when they lose their jobs. What the country is lacking is real leadership and direction and the political classes should wake up and smell the coffee. We don’t really need the media in its present format. I for one have had enough of politicians pissing down my neck and telling me its raining.

  5. Ian Terry says:

    Forward to my reply this reinforces the power of the internet arguement.

    Have not heard or read about this in the English media. Is it a truth or a lie?

  6. kim Terry says:

    So much for record rainfall. It transpires that the only area to have record rain fall is Scotland!! Yet another set of manipulated figures for the rest of the country to justify why the rivers have flooded and not a single minister can admit that the EU Water Directive is responsible for not letting us dredge rivers for fear of upsetting muscles or birds or newts. Damn the rest of us then. It’s about time this government got some balls and told the EU where to go.

  7. ian wragg says:

    Chasing industry from Europe to the third world fits in nicely with UN Agenda 21. Together with Mutti Murkys plan to bring all the Arabs and Africans to Europe fo benefit us from their culturally diverse ways.
    We still have a government policy to scrap all gas fired equipment by 2030 which woulod require about 300GW of power when we can barely muster 55GW.
    The lady is an idiot and sits well with many more in all 3 legacy parties.

    • DICK R says:

      She like all the rest is no fool, but is knowingly collaborating in the destruction of the race, culture, and economic future of an entire continent .
      Do not confuse incompetence with malfeasance.

  8. Phil_Richmond says:

    1) She is clearly out of her depth and was only promoted because she had to fill a female quota and was a disciple of Cameron.
    2) She is trying to keep her job and is just thinking about herself
    3) She is lying.
    4) She is a Quisling.
    5) She is a typical politician. One word – scum.

  9. Jane Davies says:

    “It would be profoundly ungentlemanly if I were to accuse a woman of lying.” How sweet and old fashioned of you Roger! Alas feminism dictates that we females want and expect equality and we have no issue with you calling a liar, a liar, whatever the gender may be. Maybe the lady is a liar, or is being disingenuous, or just good old fashioned toeing the party line. Whatever adjective one wishes to use she is not being honest with herself and she’s not being honest with us, the plebs, who do not swallow everything politicians say much as they would like to believe we do.

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  11. Anne Palmer says:

    Roger, NEVER GIVE UP. Just as we-my family-went through that last war (on the outskirts of Manchester by the Ship Canal and heavily bomed) we didn’t give up and neither, “Me Lad” will you.

  12. David says:

    If these consequences are unknown, How can anyone say they are good or bad?

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