Sunday, 20 November 2011

Is David Cameron Green?

This week Mr Cameron has faced a widespread revolt over solar electricity, with a letter signed by 55 business groups and individuals condemning the move to slash state subsidies for feed-in tariffs by more than half.

This is a man who has demonstrated his green credentials since being elected Tory leader in 2006.

Mr Cameron has the standard 5 bedroom, £1.5m Victorian semi in North Kensington, West London. In 2006 he added 3 PV panels, a small wind turbine and thermal heating panels.

In a speech in 2007, Mr Cameron promised an "energy revolution" by pledging fixed subsidies for homes that sold electricity generated through renewable energy back to the national grid. Unfortunately, Mr. Cameron's green credentials were somewhat dented by his decision to ride his bicycle to work while his chauffeur was photographed driving behind him.

You can’t argue with the facts that the Prime Minister “walks the walk” and “talks the talk”. He can reasonably claim to have “ticked” the correct boxes.

Unfortunately he seems to be jumping on bandwagons with the same conviction that school children embrace “Crazes”.

Who remembers Tamagotchi’s, Diabolo, Yoyo’s, Pokemon Cards, etc? The list is endless. We all during our childhood nagged our parents to buy us the latest trend. We promised that this was going to be a lifetime commitment and despite their reasoned argument that this would all be over in 6 months, we generally got what we wanted. The only people I feel sorry for are those who had Bay City Roller till I Die’ tattooed on their body. I bet that comes back to haunt them………

I don’t want world leaders to play politics with our future. What’s the point in pursuing short term policies whilst ignoring long term needs? Don’t patronise the electorate by buying into ideas only to junk them when you achieve office. If it’s the right thing to do for the 7 billion of us on the planet, be big enough to accept the responsibility to make it happen.

"I would rather back someone with whom I may sometimes disagree, than one who tells me what he thinks I want to hear."


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