Energy secretary, Chris Huhne, Saturday 5th March –
Getting off the oil hook is made all the more urgent by the crisis in the Middle East. We cannot afford to go on relying on such a volatile source of energy when we can have clean, green and secure energy from low-carbon sources,” he said. “The carbon plan is about ensuring that the whole of government is engaged in a joined-up effort to lead us into a low-carbon world.
Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St. Ives, Friday 4th March –
You can’t drive very far on the Isles of Scilly! With a population of little over 2,000, most of whom don’t have a private car, the cost to the Treasury of implementing the pilot 5p per litre rebate is relatively small. The key will be to see whether the full benefit of the 5p per litre rebate is genuinely handed on to the end customer and is not used to enhance the margin of suppliers/retailers.
While the leadership of the Liberal Democrats are arguing, in the light of recent instability, that Great Britain is far too reliant on oil for its energy, one of their MPs is, simultaneously, an enthusiastic supporter of a rebate for the price of fuel for the inhabitants of the Isles of Scilly.
The Isles of Scilly.
St. Mary’s, the largest of the Scilly Isles, is barely two miles across. The Scilly Isles have the warmest and sunniest climate of anywhere in the British Isles.
Who is driving on the Scilly Isles, and why on earth should we be making it cheaper for them do so?
But it gets even worse. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander is also getting in on the act –
Everyone in the country is feeling the pressure of high fuel prices, but these island communities are where the prices are highest and the pressure is huge on families.
Perhaps these families are under ‘huge pressure’ to get in their cars and drive ludicrously short distances, on very quiet roads, on a beautiful, sunny island.
I doubt it.
If they are driving, what that tells me is that the price of fuel is far too cheap, and the last thing any political party apparently serious about reducing dependence on oil should be doing is making it even cheaper.
Last word to Andrew George –
You can’t drive very far on the Isles of Scilly!
The joined-up political thinking of the Liberal Democrats.