The Green Party co-leaders have been outlining plans to ease the soaring cost of living as it launched its local election campaign in England and Wales. They accused the government of failing voters on living costs and the environment. It’s strange really, as it is the pressure brought about by them and their ilk that has caused the 25% surcharge on power bills that is a major part of the problem.
Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay have promised extensive insulation projects to reduce energy needs and keep homes warm. Which all sounds good until you actually THINK about it. So, what they really mean is that they want to increase your bills even more to pay for it. Logic like that takes some fathoming out.
The Severn barrage could have been built using tidal power as at Rance in France, (proven technology) providing cheap electricity and a motorway link between South Wales and Wessex thirty years ago, but the Greens campaigned against it! Sea-borne birds may have been affected, but they don’t mention all the land-based birds killed by wind-turbines.
Had it been built 25 years ago, it would have relieved pressure on the M4\M5 interchange at Bristol, one of the biggest bottle necks in the country. Instead, they have spent millions on making the interchange SMART, AKA dangerous.
Short term, the party is calling for immediate financial help for those struggling with increased bills, with another £2k per year for those on Universal Credit. With many having worked out that they are no better off working, this will only exacerbate the problem.
To provide that and a winter fuel payment for every household (which they are also calling for), the government would have to roll the printing presses and increase the money supply once more. Tell me, how did that work out last time?
So, for higher bills and more government control, in addition to higher taxes.... Not a great election slogan is it? Or, vote libertarian.
Martin Day – Party Secretary