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Andrew Howells


As a rule, I tend to leave this Conservative government alone. Its consistent home goals satisfaction enough, in the knowledge that we’ll soon be rid of the talentless, self-serving, nepotistical scumbags.

And to be clear, I’m referring to the past and present members of Tory governments over the last decade, not the majority of conservative members of parliament (MP), who are perfectly capable of running the country, ethically and humanely whilst still managing to avoid economic meltdown.

Last week, Rishi Sunak, the UK’s Prime Minister and dead-man walking for re-election, announced that he will be rowing back on green pledges made by one of his previous colleagues. The odious rationale being that he is trying to save hard-pressed families from the unacceptable costs of green policies at this trying time.

His argument, which is a significant stretch in anybody’s books, implies that an out of touch Labour leadership can’t be trusted with the economy because of their greener, costlier policies, inflicting unnecessary hardship on those families (who have already suffered at the hands of previous conservative governments).

The evidence for ploughing this new Tory strategy furrow, is based on the recent Uxbridge by-election win. They clung to power with a narrow majority by fighting exclusively on the extension of the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ), focusing on the reckless behaviour and uncalled for act of London’s left-wing, Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

The news that made headlines last week was the shifting of the deadline for selling new petrol and diesel cars and the phasing out of gas boilers. Both the automotive and energy industries condemned the move, as did many conservative MPs.

The removal of the ban on new fossil fuel cars after 2030, is aimed at the lack of charging infrastructure in the UK. This is certainly true, but moving the date further away, simply creates other problems.

Kicking the can down the road provides more uncertainty for charging infrastructure investment, as companies try and second guess when British drivers will make the switch. It also doesn’t help the car industry whose…