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Is There A Vaccine To Protect Us From Lord Deben?

February 27, 2021
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By Paul Homewood

 

 

In an article for the Express this week, Lord Deben, erstwhile John Selwyn Gummer, has been peddling his propaganda again:

 

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We’ve all seen the havoc that the Covid pandemic has caused and we know that climate change, the destruction of nature, and the pollution of our air and water will cause even worse long term damage. There is no vaccine for any of those. So we all want action right across the board. That means things we can do ourselves; things that voluntary organisations, churches, trades unions, and residents can do together; and things that only Government can do – not just in Westminster but in Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast and in regional and local authorities round the U.K.

And we owe Dale Vince a great deal for turning what we feel into so simple a concept.

He saw that if human beings are going to save the natural world and protect the planet which sustains our lives, that aim has got to affect everything we do. That’s why the Government must make it easier and cheaper to do the right thing and harder and more expensive to trash nature or pollute our rivers and oceans.

We can see where that’s already working. Take electric cars. Renewable electricity means driving without the dangerous emissions from an internal combustion engine. That’s why the Government says that after 2030 we shall not be able buy petrol or diesel cars.

That gives us only nine years to get to 100% and last year only 6.6% of new cars were electric. It’s a long way to go. Well, why don’t we copy Norway – the most successful country in making the transition. It has vowed to ensure that all new cars will be electric by 2025 and already, with four years to go, 54% of sales are fully plug in.

The reason is simple – they are cheaper – cheaper to buy and cheaper to run. Norway’s car tax is much higher than ours but it doesn’t apply to fully electric vehicles. So, buying them is a no brainer. Couldn’t we do something like that in the U.K.?

It is not easy after Covid to ask for tax cuts, so how about a tax shift? Big cars, which use more fuel and produce more emissions could pay more.

The latest internal combustion engines are much more efficient but, in Britain, that’s not helped emissions one little bit because too many people now insist on buying bigger and more polluting cars.

Manufacturers and dealers are keen sellers because it means bigger profits so they spend huge sums on advertising their SUVs.  It’s a vicious circle. So let’s make it a virtuous one and put the tax up on the gas guzzlers and take it down on the clean electric cars.

Then there’s your home fuel. The Government puts a higher tax on your electric bill than for gas.

That means that clean electricity is taxed and dirty gas is not. Why not shift the tax? Most people have both gas and electricity so they’d hardly notice but if there’s a choice it would help to encourage them to use clean electricity. It would be a godsend too for the many people in fuel poverty who don’t have gas at all.

They’d stop paying the tax every time they cook a meal or turn on the light.

They are also the very people who are often in most need of better insulation but they still have to pay VAT on green home improvements.

Rishi Sunak found £2billion for green homes grants but not much has been taken up and half of it has had to go back into the Treasury.

It seems that the scheme was too complicated. What about using some of that money to cut VAT on green home improvements?

We could operate the scheme through local small builders so people could more easily afford to get the improvements done professionally and you’d create those post-Covid jobs we so much need.

Lord Deben

Lord Deben has voiced his support for the Daily Express’s Green Campaign (Image: NC )

It’s also odd that if you convert an old house, turn it into flats, or build an extension you pay VAT. If you demolish it and build anew it’s free of tax. That’s wasteful and means more emissions. Shouldn’t we change the system to encourage conservation, improvement, and energy efficiency?

Covid has forced us all to buy more by mail. That often means more emissions from delivery to our door, returns, and wastage. Better to shop in the High Street.

Yet we don’t make the Mail Order giants pay the same business taxes that shopkeepers do. What about a delivery tax on non-electric deliveries and a big cut in business rates to make traditional shopping fairer. Most people want to do the right thing. Let’s make it easier and cheaper.

https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/1402932/green-britain-nature-climate-change-coronavirus-water-deliveries-comment

 

He begins by deliberately conflating “green issues” with”climate change”:

“We’ve all seen the havoc that the Covid pandemic has caused and we know that climate change, the destruction of nature, and the pollution of our air and water will cause even worse long term damage. There is no vaccine for any of those. So we all want action right across the board”

Everybody wants a clean environment, with no litter of plastic pollution, clean rivers, peaceful countryside and son on. But climate change has nothing to do with any of this. Deben hopes that by conflating the two, the public will welcome his hairshirt climate policies.

His first target is electric cars:

“Take electric cars. Renewable electricity means driving without the dangerous emissions from an internal combustion engine.

Well, why don’t we copy Norway – the most successful country in making the transition. It has vowed to ensure that all new cars will be electric by 2025 and already, with four years to go, 54% of sales are fully plug in.

The reason is simple – they are cheaper – cheaper to buy and cheaper to run. Norway’s car tax is much higher than ours but it doesn’t apply to fully electric vehicles. So, buying them is a no brainer. Couldn’t we do something like that in the U.K.?

His first claim that electric cars are cheaper to buy is an outright lie. The Vauxhall Mokka electric version, for instance, costs £11000 more than the petrol model, before government subsidies are taken into account.

He omits to mention that Norway does not have a car industry. There is no way whatsoever that the UK car industry could switch to 100% electric in four years, and his proposed ban on internal combustion would decimate the industry at a cost of tens of thousands of jobs.

As for making car taxes free for EVs, this already happens here. Maybe Deben might like to explain which taxes will go up to replace the £7bn a year raised by Vehicle Excise Duty, when petrol and diesel cars are phased out.

In any event, the electricity to power these cars will still largely come from fossil fuels, making this all rather a zero sum game.

And if drivers refuse to cooperate with Deben’s wishes, why just tax them even more:

“It is not easy after Covid to ask for tax cuts, so how about a tax shift? Big cars, which use more fuel and produce more emissions could pay more.

The latest internal combustion engines are much more efficient but, in Britain, that’s not helped emissions one little bit because too many people now insist on buying bigger and more polluting cars. “

But again, this is something that already happens – larger, more expensive cars pay considerably more Vehicle Excise Duty, and of course gas guzzlers automatically pay more fuel duty. Meanwhile electric cars incur neither tax.

Is Deben so out of touch that he does not understand any of this, or know that EVs cost much more to buy?

 

Then he turns his attention to householders who have the impertinence to use “dirty” gas boilers.

“Then there’s your home fuel. The Government puts a higher tax on your electric bill than for gas.

That means that clean electricity is taxed and dirty gas is not”

What is it about this guy, wanting to tax everybody who won’t do what he says? But once again we find another outright lie. The tax on electricity is not higher than gas; all homeowners pay 5% VAT on both fuels.

What he is referring to is the cost of the obscene subsidies paid to renewable energy generators, currently running at £12bn a year, which is added to everybody’s electricity bills. What he really wants is that the price of gas is lifted so high that it becomes as dear as electricity.

This would mean gas bills will quadruple for most people.

Deben is also keen on dishing out more subsidies for green home improvements, by zeroing VAT. But where will this money come from?

Both the current Green Homes Grant, as well as its predecessor, Ed Davey’s Green Deal, have both flopped for a very simple reason. People have no interest in this green nonsense, and realise that solar panels, heat pumps and expensive insulation are just a waste of money.

Finally he even wants to tax mail order deliveries, putting up the cost of living for ordinary people:

“What about a delivery tax on non-electric deliveries”

All of this is in any case a waste of time, as Britain’s emissions of carbon dioxide are just 1% of the world’s. Our annual emissions are actually less than the increase in Asia’s in 2019.

Let us be very, very clear. The policies proposed by Deben will cost families thousands of pounds a year. He himself has done very well out of the climate scam, and will no doubt regard the odd thousand or so as loose change.

He claims the Daily Express’ Green Campaign has “caught the mood of the nation”. Judging by reader comments, it certainly has not caught the mood of the Express readership!

So what lies behind the Express’s new woke agenda? The answer lies with new editor Gary Jones, the self acknowledged Labour supporting remainer, ex Sunday Mirror editor, appointed when the Mirror Group took over the Express three years ago.

As a result the Express, as seems to be the case across the rest of the media, has deserted its natural customer base.

John Junor must be turning in his grave.

39 Comments
  1. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    February 27, 2021 5:35 pm

    In quoting Norway Deben forgot to mention that well over 90% of its power is hydro, something that must be unique in the world. They are not saddled with the already vast, and ever increasing, subsidies and problems of intermittency of our ruinable energy industry,

    • tomo permalink
      February 28, 2021 1:08 am

      Norway, Deben ?

      I was there for Torbjoern Berntsen’s glorious drittsack attack on the Gummer visit 🙂

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        February 28, 2021 6:58 pm

        More, more! Anything you can share, Tomo?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      February 28, 2021 8:50 am

      Nor that they are sitting on a huge sovereign wealth fund thanks to massive exports of fossil fuels for the last 50 years!

  2. Broadlands permalink
    February 27, 2021 5:42 pm

    “We’ve all seen the havoc that the Covid pandemic has caused and we know that climate change, the destruction of nature, and the pollution of our air and water will cause even worse long term damage. There is no vaccine for any of those. So we all want action right across the board.”

    Perhaps Lord Deben failed to notice that during the pandemic lockdowns the carbon fuel emissions were rapidly lowered, but there was destruction of global economies from which we are still trying to recover. The lowered CO2 emissions did not show up in the atmosphere as a new record high was made. That should be enough evidence for policy-makers to step back from their head-long race to save the planet by eliminating CO2 emissions ASAP. It is correct however that there is no vaccine to remove CO2 already in the atmosphere…the NET-zero goal. Industrial CCS technologies are useless in the huge amounts needed to lower the Earth’s atmosphere.
    Bottom line? There is no realistic, quantitatively meaningful action anyone can take on CO2 mitigation. Time for some innovation on adaptation…on the massive infrastructure needs and less on scare tactics and cosmetics that can do nothing to the Earth’s temperature and climate.

    • Charles Garner permalink
      February 28, 2021 12:53 pm

      It looks like Mother Earth 🌍 is taking care of the excess CO2 herself and her wayward children (us) by going green all on her own. The planet is turning greener. 50% more CO2 is being used to make green plants than ‘models predicted’ and the CO2 is sucked into the global food chain as well as sequestered to some degree.

      https://judithcurry.com/2020/05/14/greening-the-planet-and-slouching-towards-paris/

  3. richardw permalink
    February 27, 2021 6:23 pm

    “John Junor must be turning in his grave.“

    Indeed. I am fortunate enough to have a car that he used to own, and often have conversations with him when I am driving!

    • February 27, 2021 7:12 pm

      You are lucky. I often have conversations with Gummer. I tell him “You are either the biggest liar I know or the biggest idiot I know, or you are even both”.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        February 28, 2021 3:06 pm

        I think you deserve a medal for being so restrained, Mr Bratby.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 27, 2021 10:16 pm

      Being an old JJ fan, your comment warms the cockles.

  4. Mack permalink
    February 27, 2021 6:58 pm

    Paul, you say, the UK’s emissions of Co2 “are 1% of the world’s”. Might it not be more accurate to say, “1% of the world’s anthropogenic emissions”? As anthropogenic emissions amount to @3-5% of total Co2 emissions, the rest being churned out by Mother Nature, the UK man made contribution to the world’s Co2 budget equates to a massive 0.0003 to 0.0005% of the total. The UK could fall off planet earth tomorrow, courtesy of Debden and his chums, and Mother Nature wouldn’t even notice we’d gone.

    • John Palmer permalink
      February 27, 2021 7:59 pm

      Spot-on, Mack. 11/10

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      February 28, 2021 8:16 am

      👍

    • Jack Green permalink
      March 1, 2021 4:03 pm

      Wonderful stat – TY.

      Any source please?

  5. February 27, 2021 7:05 pm

    Is it not time the right had a paper that speaks for it. Or even just a paper that is not full of lies.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      February 28, 2021 3:14 pm

      There is no market for a newspaper anymore. The great mass of morons – you know, the public – would not buy it and want news as entertainment. They don’t possess the capacity to cope with truthful examination of current affairs, any more than current journalists have the mental faculties to deliver it. Hence the most important story for decades is nowhere to be seen in the press or media while the damage spreads through the economy. It is of course the botched Tory Brexit.

      • tamimisledus permalink
        March 1, 2021 7:55 am

        “…. mental or moral faculties ….”

  6. Jack Broughton permalink
    February 27, 2021 7:16 pm

    Maybe his outpourings are the result of his famous BSE-burger?

  7. February 27, 2021 7:27 pm

    Is There A Vaccine…?

    It would be possible to think of one, but probably unwise to name it in public 🤭

  8. Coeur de Lion permalink
    February 27, 2021 7:38 pm

    As I write the Conservative Party’s windmills are producing 2.2% of our electricity and this looks like continuing for four days plus. Let’s hope it stays warm by day or we might have a Texan grid problem. Don’t forget to keep your EV well charged up.

    • February 28, 2021 9:19 am

      Soon every high pressure system over the UK will threaten a power crisis.

  9. Tim Leeney permalink
    February 27, 2021 8:09 pm

    Maybe truth serum, but that might be too cruel.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 27, 2021 8:44 pm

      I think he has built up immunity against that.

  10. NeilC permalink
    February 27, 2021 9:00 pm

    Is he deluded or what? I suppose that is rhetorical. He most certainly does not live in the real world.

  11. February 27, 2021 9:32 pm

    Tax on cars brings in 40 billion a year. Electric cars won’t look so cheap when they have to take up the tax slack once fossil fuel cars are phased out

  12. dennisambler permalink
    February 27, 2021 11:00 pm

    The problem with Deben is that he has permanent immunity to the scandals and exposes that have followed him over the last couple of decades, such as those from Christopher Booker and more recently from David Rose.

    He has been a major force in the greening of the Tories, along with Zac Goldsmith. He goes way back to Kyoto and before. One of the Climate Elite, his own “carbon” footprint is massive, with all the international conferences he has attended. A behind the scenes mover and shaker, not the buffoon he portrays, unlike Johnson, who is the buffoon he portrays.

    http://www.globeinternational.org/events/2013/1gcls-home.html
    “On 14 January 2013, GLOBE International presented the 3rd edition of the Climate Legislation Study and formally launched the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative at a high level Summit held in the Locarno Rooms of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

    Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt MP welcomed delegates on behalf of Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon. William Hague MP (who was on business overseas and wrote a letter to delegates).

    Over 100 delegates from 26 countries attended the 2-day summit.

    The Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben, President of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International), Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change, and former UK Secretary of State for the Environment chaired the summit.

    At the end of the first day, Summit delegates were addressed by House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon. John Bercow and by International Development Secretary, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, in a reception hosted at the Speaker’s State Apartments in the Palace of Westminster.

    The Rt Hon. Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, delivered a keynote speech on domestic climate change legislation which opened the second day of the summit.”

  13. M E permalink
    February 28, 2021 12:00 am

    Thanks for the information on the Express from one who sees it online from the Antipodes.
    It wasn’t marvellous previously but now not worth the time scannong the headlines.

  14. ianprsy permalink
    February 28, 2021 12:40 am

    You missed one, Paul. In this article:

    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2021/02/08/norways-hunger-for-electricity/

    You said:

    “It is worth pointing out, by the way, that Norway’s conversion to electric cars has barely got going yet, with EVs only accounting for about 10% of cars on the road. “

    Lord Gravy Train said 54% of sales are plug in. Spot the sleight of hand.

    • tamimisledus permalink
      March 1, 2021 8:10 am

      Well spotted, Ian, Percentages are a way in which the truth can be hidden, as most people do not intuitively grasp them. Even (especially?) trained statisticians can be befuddled.
      Off topic, but key to our current wider problem, are Covid “statistics”.
      It has been announced that (some?) vaccines of those delivered to 20 million people are 90% “effective” (whatever that means). If that means they are not “effective” in 10% of the vaccines admitted, they are not “effective” for 2 million people.

  15. Phoenix44 permalink
    February 28, 2021 8:47 am

    This moron actually believes that making cheaper stuff more expensive via taxes so that we are incentivised to buy what was more expensive isn’t EXACTLY THE SAME AS A TAX RISE?

    I despair, I really do. He is literally saying that more expensive is cheaper if you make cheaper more expensive. And that that’s all right and won’t make us poorer.

  16. tomo permalink
    February 28, 2021 11:17 am

    The Express is an appendage of the (Piers) Morganite Reach PLC – and it shows…

    I wonder what the accumulated turnover of the Gummer family eco ventures is these days? It looks to a casual observer that he’s swerved a Tim Yeo fate by “closely outsourcing” the activity of pay for play.

  17. Ray Sanders permalink
    February 28, 2021 1:25 pm

    Grand Vizier John Selwyn Ummagumma really needs to be watch out because Eugene might not be so careful with that axe in future!

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      February 28, 2021 1:32 pm

      Actually I should have worked “Sisyphus” into my comment but I shall leave the allusions to others.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisyphus
      ” He was punished for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it neared the top, repeating this action for eternity.”
      Does he have shares in Gravitricity?

  18. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 28, 2021 2:54 pm

    At the CCC the doors continue to revolve:

    https://www.theccc.org.uk/2021/02/11/baroness-brown-to-step-down-from-ccc-mitigation-committee/

    Being a Director at Ørsted is a nice little reward.

  19. Mad Mike permalink
    February 28, 2021 3:45 pm

    I just tried to leave a comment at the Express on the online comments section for this article. Apparently my account has been locked. It couldn’t have been over this particular comment as the response was instant. They haven’t informed me of their decision nor given any reason for it. I don’t use bad language nor post anything that is personally critical. It just looks like censorship.

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      February 28, 2021 8:32 pm

      I can list 14 articles by Jillian Ambrose in the Guardian where I personally got them to publish corrections to the factual inaccuracies in her article. Amazing as it may seem when I contacted them to point out yet another factual inaccuracy they responded by saying they were no longer accepting my corrections. So she can post items that are factually incorrect and that is okay by the Guardian – if I correct her mistakes I need to be censored. Strange world we are entering into.

  20. February 28, 2021 9:21 pm

    Well done Dale, I presume it was your PR team that wrote the article
    You’ve got the numpties here. to believe Deben wrote it.
    When I presume all your PR team did was phone Gummer’s PR team and get the permission to use his name.

    Dale Vince is mad for building biogas plants. I guess he gets subsidies for this.
    meanwhile food land is taken out of production and that puts pressure to increase food prices and for Britain to have to import more food.

  21. tamimisledus permalink
    March 1, 2021 8:13 am

    There is no vaccine against stupidity.

  22. Emma Richey permalink
    March 2, 2021 6:05 pm

    I wrote to the Express about this article too. Have no idea whether they have read it or not. Dale Vince and Deben are 2 of the dodgiest ‘Green’s they could possibly be associated with!

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