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Crocodile Tears From Caroline Flint

December 2, 2016

By Paul Homewood




Labour MP Caroline Flint is referring to the recent report by the National Audit Office, “Controlling the consumer-funded costs of energy policies: The Levy Control Framework”, which can be found here.

The report was the subject of discussion two days ago at the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, of which Flint is a member.


The back drop to the report is pretty straightforward, although the report itself is typically full of management buzzwords.

The basic reason for the overspend is twofold:

  1. Wholesale electricity prices have fallen, thus making subsidies to renewables greater than budgeted for.
  2. In 2014, Ed Davey awarded eight early CfD contracts before the auction system was properly up and running. Consequently they ended costing more than they otherwise would.

Anybody who has been following the government’s policy towards renewable energy, such as this blog, has been warning about such an overspend for some time now.

Now, for a busy person like our Caroline, you could be excused for not having the time to study such minor details. Except for the fact that between 2011 and 2015 she just happened to be Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change!

I wonder what she was doing during those four years, when Chris Huhne and Ed Davey were busy handing out billions of pounds in subsidies for renewable energy?


Worse still, she was also a Minister in the Labour government in 2008, when Ed Miliband lumbered us all with his Climate Change Act.

It’s a bit late to pretend you’re worried about an extra billion now, Caroline!

  1. AlecM permalink
    December 2, 2016 6:19 pm

    Flint is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz.

    To impute intelligence to a stone with an American Studies degree would be stupid, on both counts.

  2. December 2, 2016 6:31 pm

    What else do you expect?
    Dimbulb Caroline Flint gained her BA (Hons) in American Literature and History combined with Film Studies from the University of East Anglia.

    So she is uniquely qualified to understand nothing and talk bollocks

    • December 3, 2016 7:33 am

      Bit like the BBC. One of its Today ‘editors’ some time ago was uniquely qualified for his role with a degree in pop music technology or some such from Brunel or Herriot Watt or some such.

  3. December 2, 2016 6:47 pm

    There is nothing worth adding to the two previous succinct responses. Except perhaps that the HoC is stuffed with these ignoramuses. The sheeple even elected another one yesterday.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      December 2, 2016 7:28 pm

      Phillip, if you want a good laugh, pop over to Guido’s and pick up the radio interview the new Lib-Dem MP, Sarah Olney did with Julia Hartley-Brewer. Absolutely brilliant (the new MP was dragged away by a minder!). Click here for the audio.

      • December 3, 2016 6:38 am

        Thanks Harry. Truly hilarious and scary that these brain-dead people can get elected.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        December 3, 2016 11:09 am

        Brilliant. You don’t have to be completely stupid to be an MP but it certainly isn’t a handicap. You will fit right in. You can even become a minister like Greg Hands and produce complete drivel.

  4. Ian Magness permalink
    December 2, 2016 6:50 pm

    We can all look forward to her complaining bitterly about the looming power cuts if the winter proves a little chilly.
    She will blame the government, National Grid, Centrica – you name it, anyone but herself and her chums.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 2, 2016 8:18 pm

      You have to blame the right people. When MPs voted on the Climate Change Act only Christopher Chope, Andrew Tyrie and Peter Lilley voted against it. So all the rest are guilty of lumbering us with this stupid Act.

      • December 3, 2016 7:38 am

        For the record, no. There were five not three. One was Anne Widdicombe; can’t remember t’other. However, your basic point is absolutely right.

        However, the real villains lie in the ranks of academia, especially but not exclusively The Royal Society.

      • December 3, 2016 7:55 am

        And Anne Widdecombe I thought?

  5. December 2, 2016 7:20 pm

    When I spotted this tweet I hadn’t guessed at the hypocrisy that Paul would unearth. Another one of those “you can’t make it up” moments.

  6. HotScot permalink
    December 2, 2016 7:29 pm

    She should have had the dignity to join her mate Ed Bollockbrains on the Strictly dancefloor.

  7. Bloke down the pub permalink
    December 2, 2016 9:47 pm

    The straightforward answer to Caroline’s tweeted question is that the officials probably did foresee the overspend but that Davey’s priority was to save the planet and money was no object.

  8. December 2, 2016 10:54 pm

    Since all the money spent subsidizing wind power is an overspend, a mere £1bn is a drop in the ocean in this context.

  9. tom0mason permalink
    December 3, 2016 2:19 am

    Wait for the howls to start later (3-10 years hence), when the cost of maintaining all these windmills and physical infrastructure starts to bite.
    By then the subsidy seekers will be long gone, leaving bankrupt companies and the eyesore of the countryside littered with scrap industrial machinery that are too expensive to recover and/or recycle.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      December 3, 2016 12:45 pm

      The rare earth magnets will be recoverable, as indeed would all the wiring (copper or otherwise) .I would supprt removing blades and letting birds and bats roost in the tower.

  10. Robert permalink
    December 3, 2016 11:29 am

    From Wiki all you need to know about Flint born 1961.

    Flint was educated at Twickenham Girls School[1] (the school transferred to Waldegrave School for Girls in 1977) in Clifden Road, Twickenham, and Richmond Tertiary College[1] before earning her BA (Hons) in American Literature and History combined with Film Studies from the University of East Anglia.[2] She joined the Labour Party when she was 17. She was the Women’s Officer of the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1982 to 1984.[3]

    She began her career with the Inner London Education Authority, as a management trainee from 1984 to 1985 and a Policy Officer from 1985 to 1987.[4] She was head of the Women’s Unit at the National Union of Students from 1988–89, before joining Lambeth Council as an Equal Opportunities Officer from 1989 to 1991, and then Welfare and Staff Development Officer from 1991–93.[4] From 1994 to 1997, she was the Senior Researcher and Political Officer for the GMB Union.[4]

    Typical politician. Never had a proper job in her life.

    • December 3, 2016 5:46 pm

      Certainly completely unqualified to pontificate on energy.

  11. Athelstan permalink
    December 3, 2016 1:03 pm

    Ye Gods, why are the electorate so forgiving, this one has been at the forefront of, involved in, so many cock-ups and still they vote for it/her – one Caroline Flint.

    But then it’s very hard to exactly quantify just how dire are most Nu Liebore MPs when the other lot aren’t any better – at all.

    Though, the ‘standard’ [of lav MPs]………………ach ‘standard’……….. for want of a better word and long ago went subterranean and heading down probably as far across the Styx, to Dante’s lowest level circle.

    How about this for a happy thought; just think when…………………………….. the likes of Bouattia and others like this lunatic nutter snowflakes try their hand at booting the living hell out of their fellow human beings = Cultural Marxism = social engineering and deconstruction bringing about the further ****ing of the nation?

    Compared to what is coming, I think that and by comparison Mz Caroline Flint is, a paragon of reason, intellect and temperate consideration, which says not a lot about what’s coming.

    Dear Lord, how this pretty pass – ever came about, how long must we suffer these fuqwits and ain’t it time, at least to cease suffering their tantrums and BS theorizing?

    Another thing, also alluded to above, these egregious twats, like Flint and the rest of the sorry bunch of Socialist tossers, quibbling about a £billion here and there, is playing BS politics and is mendacity on a scale I cannot easily comprehend.
    For it is these self same buggers, who drew up and then enacted, implemented the Bryony Worthington’s crackpot thesis, Milibore’s ‘journey to industrial suicide’ know as, the 2008 CCA – a piece of legislation where the taxpayer/consumer is on the hook to ± £18 billion p/a [and counting] it will cause such suffering in the near future it bears not thinking about and Caroline Flint’s precocious faux outrage – fools no one or, it shouldn’t do and looking at the lavs dire polling in the recent by-election – maybe at long last the message about the Socialists – is, not before time: sinking in.

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