CLEGG DEFENDS GREEN ENERGY TAX – If you have ever thought that the current coalition Government is completely divided on any policy, then this latest round of ‘one-up-man ship’ will further cement that belief.
With Red Ed saying he’ll freeze energy prices and blaming the continued energy bill hikes on the energy companies, he honestly thought the British public had forgotten all about his time as Energy Secretary under Gordon Brown.
Fast forward a few days and you have David Cameron pledging that he would phase out, as quickly as possible, green taxes imposed on the energy companies, which are largely responsible for the recent 8.2% increase imposed by SSE – who firmly blame the green tax for the hike.
So we’ve had Red Ed and David Cameron’s take on the whole debacle so why not let Nick Clegg have his say; in fact there’s no stopping him for he relishes any opportunity to oppose the views of his partner in crime.
According to the wisdom of Mr. Clegg he feels that scrapping the ‘green tax’ would make household bills higher in the long term.
Does Mr. Clegg have a point? In fact he does, for his views are that if the green tax is not made available for the development of alternative fuels or indeed energy efficiency, then the average household energy bill will rise exponentially over the years.
It appears like an extremely good idea; that is we all chip in to pay for future development. In fact Centrica announced, after Red Ed promised a price freeze if elected in 2015, that it would be forced to leave the UK for such a restriction would not allow it to invest in new power stations and engage in much needed research and development in order to find cleaner, greener and cheaper energy sources.
According to experts the current rate of growth in the green tax will take up nearly one third of the cost of the household energy bill by 2020; therefore at what point does Mr. Clegg assume that energy prices will begin to fall?
Britain’s energy situation is reaching crisis point, in that recently the National Grid announced possible blackouts this winter due to its energy reserves falling from 10% to just 5% – which it blames the EU for imposing stricter measures on the amount of fossil fuels that may be burned in order to provide electricity.
The onus appears to be on the public to change their energy consumption habits and yet a fair number of the population now use energy saving devices and have their homes well insulated in order to reduce the use of energy.
The issue with Government, and in particular the EU, is incompetency. Britain, despite talk of coming out of a recession, is broke. By the 2015 General Election David Cameron would have added another £700 billion during his tenure to our national debt; bringing it up to approximately £1.4 trillion.
At that point Britain’s national debt will be approximately five times its national income and this doesn’t take into account future costs, such as pensions; which raises it to over nine times the national income.
When Greece declared bankruptcy its national debt stood at 267% whereas Britain’s national dept stands at over 500%.
The point here is taxation and the waste of public money. Britain wouldn’t be in half the mess it is if the politicians only bothered to tell the truth. Yes, the truth is shocking and no doubt will scare the living daylights out of the public, but only when the truth is fully revealed can we take action and attempt to turn this around.
If Britain didn’t have the burden of the EU, Foreign Aid, the ‘entitlement’ Welfare system and indeed a number of other aspects then the taxes paid would be enough to develop alternative power sources without having to further burden the taxpayer with green taxes.
Quite frankly it is getting to the point that the 2015 General Elections will be irrelevant; the public could in fact vote in the Teletubbies for its fate under the current perception that Britain can continue borrowing due to the low interest rates is not only folly, it is a disaster in the making.
It is widely accepted by politicians that you cannot borrow your way out of a recession nor create unemployment – this just creates inflation and yet it appears that this lesson is lost on those currently in power and indeed those who wish to be voted to power.
For more on the issue of Nick Clegg’s views o Green Taxes see… Daily Mail