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Green Party Manifesto To Return Britain To The Middle Ages

May 12, 2017

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Joe Public

 

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https://greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/green-party-environment-manifesto.pdf 

 

Election time!

From the hints we’ve seen, all parties’ manifestos are pretty depressing when it comes to climate change, with the honourable exception of UKIP.

But I doubt whether any will be as depressingly moronic as the Green Party’s.

 

 

 

1) Ending the monopoly of the big six.

What monopoly?

At the last count, according to OFGEM, there were over 140 suppliers of electricity.

With price comparison sites, such as Uswitch, the UK’s energy market is probably the most competitive in the world.

 

 

2) We will stand alongside those countries across the world fighting for climate justice….

Well, we know all about that, don’t we!

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3) Meeting our domestic and international obligations.

Has nobody told the dopes at Green Party HQ that the UK has just signed up to the Paris Agreement and is the only country in the world to legislate for suicidal decarbonisation targets?

Heaven help us all if these aren’t enough.

 

 

 

4) Keep fossil fuels in the ground:

 

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Hard to know where to start with this drivel.

 

a) Last year, fossil fuels supplied 82% of the UK’s energy consumption, according to DECC.

In addition, nuclear, which they also want to drop, added an extra 8%.

How do they intend to replace these?

 

b) £6bn subsidies?

As has been well established, there are no such subsidies. On the contrary, prior to the collapse in oil prices, taxes on North Sea oil  brought in billions every year. According to the BBC, , the Treasury raised £11bn four years ago.

Even now, the OBR is forecasting tax receipts of £7bn in the next five years.

 

c) Divest public funds.

If this was followed through on any large scale, it would force a drop in the share price of oil companies, and thus lose money for public funds.

 

d) A just transition for communities dependent on fossil fuel jobs.

Try telling that to North Sea oil workers in Aberdeen, oil refinery workers up and down the country, or owners of petrol stations.

 

 

 

5) End the effective ban on onshore wind.

What ban? The Government has simply withdrawn subsidies.

The manifesto gives the game away when it calls for “new support for onshore wind and solar”, in other words more subsidies.

So much for the households and businesses they claim to care about.

As for the significant investment in offshore wind and electric vehicles, read another huge bill for taxpayers.

 

 

6) Create a new Green Investment Centre

Ditto.

More billions of borrowing that will eventually have to be paid back by future taxpayers

 

 

7) Nuclear Power

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There is zero evidence that a flexible grid can offer any energy security whatsoever. The only reckless gamble would be to scrap nuclear power and fossil fuels.

Given that nuclear power provides 77% of French electricity, the Green Party’s enthusiasm for interconnection to Europe seems a tad hypocritical to say the least!

 

8) Progressive energy tariffs

They want to charge small consumers less per unit.

Perhaps they might like to tell which of us will, by necessity be forced to pay more?

 

9) A national programme of insulation

Insulating the nine million homes, which they call for, would cost £9bn, even at a conservative grand each.

Interestingly they claim that this will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. If we then assume the mid point of 500,000, and a salary of £30000, the annual cost would be £15bn. Materials of course would be on top.

It all sounds like Diane Abbott economics to me!

 

 

10) Democratise energy ownership

I assume this means giving windmills the vote!

 

 

 

In 1992, the Sun famously asked the last person to leave Britain to turn out the lights, if Neil Kinnock won the election.

 

 

If the Green Party were to win, the last person would have to blow out the candle!

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46 Comments
  1. Joe Public permalink
    May 12, 2017 6:19 pm

    End the effective ban on onshore wind.

    What ban? The Government has simply withdrawn subsidies.

    Rather, the over-generous subsidy pot was drained much more rapidly by the subsidy harvesters than even the government(s) expected.

    • May 13, 2017 5:33 am

      In fact the building of onshore wind turbines has been democratised. Local communities can have wind turbines if they specify suitable places to build them in their Neighborhood Plan or their Local Plan. All that local communities need is to raise a lot of money to subsidise the building, operation and maintenance of an unreliable wind turbine or two.

  2. May 12, 2017 6:27 pm

    The Greens are obviously competing with Labour as to who can be the most unelectable. I suppose after the election both of their MP’s can form a coalition.

  3. May 12, 2017 6:51 pm

    “Insulating the nine million homes, which they call for, would cost £9bn, even at a conservative grand each”.
    Many of the home insulation projects carried out have been a disaster. Modern building methods use breeze blocks on the inside walls with a covering of plasterboard on wooden battens, there is gap between the plasterboard and the breeze blocks and then another gap between the breeze blocks and the brick and mortar outside wall. The outside wall is porous and wind driven rain or snow will pass to the inside surface of the bricks. Galvanised ties allow this water to drip down harmlessly. Insulation of existing building is by blowing in the material (usually fibreglass) through holes drilled through the brickwork. The problem is that the gap between the bricks and breeze blocks is no longer present so the water instead of dripping down is drawn by capillary action to the breeze block which are also porous as are the softwood battens. The result is wet rot, damp and health issues caused by the growth of fungus, eradicating it is more expensive than installing the “insulation” in the first place.

    As usual lack of scientific knowledge invokes the Law of Unintended Consequences.

    • HotScot permalink
      May 13, 2017 12:00 am

      Brilliant explanation, thank you.

    • HorshamBren permalink
      May 13, 2017 12:13 pm

      Cavity wall insulation problems are set to become the next PPI scandal, according to Jeff Howell in the Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2015

      He writes: ‘Thermal-imaging company IRT Surveys Ltd has compiled data from 250,000 UK homes, and has found that about half of the cavity-walled homes it investigated have damp, slumping or missing insulation. Should this figure hold true across the total housing stock, it will mean that out of CIGA’s six million guaranteed properties, some three million could have problems.’

    • May 18, 2017 9:43 pm

      Good point.

      Can’t the people who advocate insulation read thermal conductivity tables ?

      Air, at 0.24 conductivity is almost twice as effective an insulator as fibreglass at 0.4 anyway.

      Installing this stuff will increase thermal conduction not reduce it.

      Double glazing is the prime example of the thermal properties of ordinary air.

      A better solution would be to build external walls that exclude moisture and prevent wind generated circulation in the already effective air pockets.

  4. May 12, 2017 6:56 pm

    What did South Australians have before candles? Answer, Electricity.

    • May 17, 2017 7:36 pm

      The greens are anti-human, totalitarian garbage.

  5. Curious George permalink
    May 12, 2017 6:58 pm

    I keep my fingers crossed for the Greens – and Labour. The UK will become a cheap place to spend a vacation. Bring your own tent, a bike, and a plenty of canned food.

    • May 12, 2017 7:24 pm

      Knowing the Greens, they will probably ban the importation of can openers.

      • HotScot permalink
        May 13, 2017 12:01 am

        Grow your own can opener, a rock.

  6. 1saveenergy permalink
    May 12, 2017 8:00 pm

    I agree we should scrap Hinkley C ….it would be a bad deal even if the technology was proved.

    We need good reliable designs & lots of installations of Nuclear generation ASAP

  7. John F. Hultquist permalink
    May 12, 2017 8:16 pm

    In terms of intellect, imagine the greens that wrote this material are all above average within the population of greens.
    Now imagine those in the lower half of green-intellect. If they could learn how to write, they could write more stupendously stupid stuff.

    Is that scary, or what?

  8. Athelstan permalink
    May 12, 2017 8:40 pm

    Caroline Lucas is a clue, watch her wax lyrical about the wonders of a Socialist/Hard left authoritarian paradise builded on earth – she beams all bonhomie but ask her a question about energy supply and the reality of blackouts and permanent rationing of energy, hospitals not being able to afford to keep the lights on etc and old Cazbo Lucas is rendered as like a child’s stuffed toy – dumb.

    • HotScot permalink
      May 13, 2017 12:06 am

      Yea, but she looks like a green tart, so all the green luvvies are lusting after her.

      Oh help! wait a moment,…….”You wont like me when I’m angry.”………..Arrrrghhhhh, I’m a Lucas luster!

      My shirt’s ripped and I’m wearing shredded shorts again. And my ‘William’ is Lucas sized!

      • AndyG55 permalink
        May 13, 2017 9:45 am

        “Yea, but she looks like a green tart”

        I found a green tart in the back of my fridge a week ago.

        Decided the best place for it was in the garbage bin.

      • Athelstan permalink
        May 13, 2017 1:27 pm

        That’s an image I don’t wish to tarry on.

        ;-))

    • AndyG55 permalink
      May 13, 2017 9:46 am

      Does anyone know if she cleans toilets ??

      • HotScot permalink
        May 13, 2017 8:34 pm

        Are you insinuating she’s a bog trotter?

  9. tom0mason permalink
    May 13, 2017 1:43 am

    Vote for the Green Party!
    Where…

    The Future’s Green
    ________ The Future's Medieval_______

    • rapscallion permalink
      May 13, 2017 7:56 am

      Swine! You caused me to spray coffee all over the monitor !

      • tom0mason permalink
        May 13, 2017 9:18 am

        oops, sorry ;(

    • AndyG55 permalink
      May 13, 2017 9:48 am

      “The Future is Green.”

      With China, India, Germany and many other countries, pumping out CO2.

      That is absolutely certainly TRUE 🙂

    • Joe Public permalink
      May 13, 2017 2:08 pm

      Hahahahahahahaha – so true – hahahahahahaha

  10. songhees permalink
    May 13, 2017 1:51 am

    I would like to tell you of my latest book and documentary.
    ‘The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science’.
    My latest documentary and video of my presentation.

    My website is
    Thank you.
    Tim


    http://www.drtimball.com

  11. CheshireRed permalink
    May 13, 2017 5:20 am

    Imagine my delight upon discovering my uni-educated masters degree qualified niece is a Green party candidate for the upcoming general election!

    • May 13, 2017 5:36 am

      Let us guess what the subject of her degree was.

      • CheshireRed permalink
        May 13, 2017 8:42 pm

        Globalisation! Tbf she got a Masters which is a LOT more than I ever did, though I grew up in an age where attending ‘uni’ was, frankly, not normal. She’s definitely been had my the green blob though. 😦

    • Athelstan permalink
      May 13, 2017 10:33 am

      Hells teeth, have you had a word with her?

      Lord in heaven, the Green party, I really don’t know what to counsel and likely it. would do no good anyhow. How do they become so lost?

      • CheshireRed permalink
        May 13, 2017 8:48 pm

        I tagged her on a FB post showing obvious climate data manipulation….and got a right earful back. Green fury and no mistake. As we’ve all seen so often Greens just will not engage in any debate on this subject at all and she was no different. In fact it’s now a taboo subject for discussion. Sad really because understanding other opinions is supposed to be one of the great achievements of higher education and both she and me like a good debate. I can’t help but conclude they’re fearful of being exposed to alternate views and facts and most of all, of the chance of losing. Hey ho.

  12. Nigel S permalink
    May 13, 2017 7:51 am

    Extending Theresa May’s joke; “Labour wants to take us back 40 years, or 400 years according to Diane Abbott [and the Greens].”

  13. May 13, 2017 7:54 am

    It’s not keep it I the ground, it’s keep the moronic Greens out of office – pesky councillors locally are tremendous spendthrifts of the public purse.

  14. Tim Hammond permalink
    May 13, 2017 8:42 am

    Do these people not understand how “jobs” work or do they simply hope the general public does not? It is easy to “create” jobs by making things less efficient but that us the literal reverse if economic growth and progress. We could for example “create” thousands of jobs by replacing ambulances with stretcher bearers, but do even Greens think that is sensible?

    Having people work less productively makes everyone poorer.

  15. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    May 13, 2017 9:31 am

    May 12, 2017 – President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address. At about 2.30 mins in Trump mentions unleashing of US energy development. Not uncommon…but?

    Good to see him speak regularly without the presence of a journo twerp…BBC yuk!

  16. AndyG55 permalink
    May 13, 2017 9:42 am

    odd..

    With the islamist and green scam invasion… (same basic totalitarian ideology)…

    … thought many parts of the UK were already back in the dark ages. !!

  17. Dung permalink
    May 13, 2017 10:20 am

    The invitation from the Greens is a sign of lonelyness; they are living in the middle ages and would like some company?

  18. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 13, 2017 10:41 am

    Dellers has a good article, quoting Matt Ridley, which puts into perspective how the Greens could not build their precious windmills if they left the coal in the ground:

    A two-megawatt wind turbine weighs about 250 tonnes, including the tower, nacelle, rotor and blades. Globally, it takes about half a tonne of coal to make a tonne of steel. Add another 25 tonnes of coal for making the cement and you’re talking 150 tonnes of coal per turbine. Now if we are to build 350,000 wind turbines a year (or a smaller number of bigger ones), just to keep up with increasing energy demand, that will require 50 million tonnes of coal a year. That’s about half the EU’s hard coal–mining output.

    • Athelstan permalink
      May 13, 2017 1:47 pm

      And then, the gigantic ‘carbon footprint’ involving the mining, transport, manufacturing processing of those poisonous PV cells, it’s enough to make you weep.

      Any sort of rational human being could only arrive at the conclusion, that, the Green party policies would will it, to visit death on us all………..

      Think I exaggerate? Where is the end to it all [the green agenda] – if not mass genocide?

      Cold kills, even if………..[and by some stretch of a fervid imagination]……..where, the UK by somehow, managed to mirror an annual mean temp – say of southern Spain, even there you can die of cold……………… Good grief; .the green party, the lib bums, the lavs – where misanthropy and white Apartheid are key political planks.

      I don’t know, who, which is worse, either, these eejits who advocate the green filth or, the gullible dorks who vote for ’em?

      Finally, here’s a kicker when you’re down, always the boot goes in. Way ahead, In the lead in the polls are, the tories [vote blue get RED] under mother theresa – who are nigh as hell bent on ruinables and the corporate/NWO/Berlin plan to make us all eat shit ‘swallow our greens’ as are Caroline Lucas’s sandal wearing death cult…………is there no end to it?

    • May 13, 2017 2:32 pm

      Good argument Harry. I would also like to add the specially strengthened roads built to remote places that are used solely for construction and maintenance of these horrors plus the miles of cable and pylons needed to distribute the energy. In addition their longevity appears to be a lot less than the manufacturers claim.

  19. Chris Lynch permalink
    May 13, 2017 11:58 am

    I remember a friend describing the green/man made global theory and movement as a communist conspiracy about ten years ago and thinking it was a bit over the top. Reading the sinister comments of people like Dr Ottmar Endenhofer, I realise how right he was.

  20. May 13, 2017 3:18 pm

    I read, enjoyed & thoroughly recommend Dr. Tim Ball’s book, The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science. An excellent climatologist, he is also a more than fair historian. His website is a treasure trove.

    I equally recommend geology Prof. Ian Plimer’s book, Heaven and Earth global warming: the missing science

    The good Aussie Prof does not faff about with diplomacy. A sentence from his introduction: “The slogan “stop climate change” is a very public advertisement of absolute total ignorance as it is not cognisant of history, archaeology, geology, astronomy, ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences & the life sciences.”
    This terrific book is an education, with over 2000 refs to peer-reviewed articles etc.

    The endgame of the 1%s pushing the warming/climate scam is a vast depopulation, the destruction of ALL nations, & a world totalitarian govt over a slave population remnant.
    http://www.c3headlines.com
    Click on Quotes.
    Many good articles & graphs also.

  21. don penman permalink
    May 13, 2017 4:22 pm

    Cold houses are damp houses in winter and warm houses are dry in winter .The idiots who are making money building houses today do not understand this .the council houses and flats which have replaced the slums which were condemned as unfit for human habitation when i was a child are no better than what they replaced and often contain asbestos and are just as cold and damp. We need to do something about this.

  22. Gamecock permalink
    May 16, 2017 11:34 pm

    Buy stock in companies that make diesel generators. The political thrust will end central electricity generation. So you better be able to make your own.

  23. Graham permalink
    May 18, 2017 11:11 am

    Albert Einstein must have had the greens in mind when he said “Two things are infinite ,the universe and human stupidity ,but I am not sure about the universe’

  24. Bob Parmelee permalink
    May 18, 2017 9:07 pm

    I suppose that returning Britain to the Middle Ages also addresses the wine industry which was well established then because it was, gasp, WARMER.

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