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Scrap VAT On EVs–Daily Express

March 27, 2021

By Paul Homewood



The Society of Motor Manufacturers wants tax cuts so they can sell more cars. Well they would wouldn’t they!


So where will the money to pay for all of this come from, Daily Express?

VAT on a typical car brings in around £6000. So with annual sales running at about 2 million cars, the government would have to find £12 billion a year, in addition of course to the £3000 discount already taxpayer funded for most electric cars.

Most of the benefit will accrue to the rich, who buy more expensive cars as well as having second cars, which will probably be diesels capable of long journeys. They will also likely have garages where they can charge up at home.

By contrast, poorer people, who cannot even afford new cars, will not benefit at all. Many don’t even have cars.

If the SMMT want to sell more EVs, then why don’t their members cut prices?

The article then goes on to include this comment from Dale Vince:

The Government makes all the right noises about tackling the climate crisis. They’ve set targets and got the language.

But the things they do, too often, pull in the opposite direction. They have announced a £16billion investment in further exploration for oil and gas in the North Sea.

This came with the Orwellian Doublespeak that it helps the transition to the end of fossil fuel use when it obviously slows that down.

A week before that they announced the cutting of support for electric cars because it is too expensive. Its £300million-a-year cost contrasts with the £16billion support for fossil fuels.

This is actually a pack of lies. This is actually how BEIS described their proposals:





For a start, the £16bn is not all taxpayer funded.

Secondly it has nothing to do with further exploration for oil and gas in the North Sea. Part of it is to convert power supplies on rigs to renewable energy, surely something that Vince should be applauding.

The rest is intended to drive carbon capture and hydrogen production, both things that the green lobby has been calling for.

Sadly this shoddy little article is now typical of the newly woke Daily Express, since it was taken over by the labour supporting Mirror Group, under its newly appointed labour and remain supporting editor.

  1. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    March 27, 2021 4:40 pm

    More ‘green’ subsidies for insane coal fired cars

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 27, 2021 5:16 pm

    “This is actually a pack of lies” – probably help to IMHO, as one doesn’t want to upset the lovely Mr Vince. (-;

  3. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 27, 2021 5:17 pm

    …help to ADD…

  4. Phoenix44 permalink
    March 27, 2021 5:23 pm

    So platforms producing oil and gas won’t be able to use oil and gas to power their activities.

    Because that makes sense.

    • patrick healy permalink
      March 27, 2021 6:54 pm

      As one who started in the North Sea oil industry in the days when we had wooden rigs and platforms with men of steel, I am glad I am long retired before these unicorns take over.

  5. Mack permalink
    March 27, 2021 6:11 pm

    O/T Anyone else here celebrating ‘Earth Hour at 8.30pm tonight in the U.K.? I’m doing my bit. Just stuck a full tank of diesel in the car, have fired up the oil fired central heating, switched all the house lights on and am just setting up a big barbie in the garden illuminated by a couple of arc lamps and a fire pit. My plants are just going to love all that extra Co2 emanating from Chez Mack. That’s what I call a proper carbon offset.

    • bobn permalink
      March 27, 2021 8:15 pm

      Didnt know we had an ‘earth hour’. So we spend that hour on earth then travel where?
      However I’ll throw a couple more logs on the fire to help spread yummy carbon on the countryside.

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        March 27, 2021 9:47 pm

        Big bucket of messy house coal, here. Greta will be angry.

    • Steve permalink
      March 27, 2021 9:03 pm

      Never even knew, not mentioned anywhere, not even on BBC. Was it cancelled due to lack of interest.

    • Stuart Brown permalink
      March 27, 2021 9:45 pm

      Thanks, but sadly a bit late for me to do more than put a wash load on. As ever the proof of the pudding etc… No visible difference in slope of electricity demand or hiccup in frequency as we go from 8:25 to 8:30 to 8:35….

      And similar at 9:30 – not a hint anyone paid any attention at all.

      • Mack permalink
        March 27, 2021 10:41 pm

        The Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace all ‘took the knee’, during the requisite hour of Gaia homage and displayed their ‘darkness’ (aside from the maintenance of emergency fossil fuelled back up lights and electronic communication systems, of course). A cynic might suggest that it was just another fatuous example of virtuous tokenism for which our leaders have now become infamous. And, Stuart, as you have demonstrated, a gesture which has been roundly ignored by the great unwashed who fund the morons who believe that plunging society into darkness is an example of their enlightenment!

    • Lorde Late permalink
      March 28, 2021 8:49 pm

      I have my log stove blazing away as well.

  6. mwhite permalink
    March 27, 2021 6:14 pm

    I wonder how sales are going now that trinity mirror own the express?

    • John Palmer permalink
      March 27, 2021 8:17 pm

      Taking on Dale Vince as Environment & Energy Editor can’t help!

    • Mack permalink
      March 27, 2021 11:25 pm

      Daily Express weekday sales down approx 20% in a year. The increasingly woke Daily Mail, down approx 17%. The more increasingly woke, Daily Telegraph, has sales that are, I dare say, so bad that the paper’s publishers are reluctant to reveal them. Go woke go broke. Just ask the Guardian. If there were any genuine businessmen behind these features, aside from policy advocates, then they would realise that there is a yawning gap in the market for a right of centre platform that called out government, NGOs and the wokerati for what they are. However, as most papers these days survive on advertising revenue, as opposed to sales, and most companies with dispoasable advertising revenue have been completely terrified into going woke, the days of forthright, independent journalism are numbered. The Fourth Estate has largely been reduced to the level of the Borgia ‘Castrati’.

      • John Palmer permalink
        March 28, 2021 9:14 am

        I have some hope that the new GB News channel will offer a bit of balance.
        They appear to be making the right noises.
        Fingers crossed!

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        March 28, 2021 10:15 am

        But who will advertise when sales fall? Advertising revenue is driven entirely by sales numbers. The secondary driver is whether readers buy your stuff or not & the Woke and the Green are not the biggest consumers. The arrogant elites who are firmly convinced its disinformation and fake news that cause oeiplecto disagree with them are going to lose all their money.

      • March 29, 2021 11:51 pm

        It’s not good sneering at deadwood sales
        if online eyeballs are going up.

  7. March 27, 2021 10:21 pm

    Before you criticise the newly woke daily express, just remember this way of thinking is common to all political parties.

    Politicians follow any bandwagon going by even if the wheels are coming off. Then when it all goes “t*ts up” they will be first in the queue saying “I told you so”! Its always been the same, praise and reward for the guilty, honours for the uninvolved, punishment for the innocent.

  8. March 28, 2021 9:56 am

    So now we know why Ed Miliband is stalling on buying an EV, despite telling everyone else to get one – he’s waiting for a big fat price cut.

  9. ianprsy permalink
    March 28, 2021 11:19 am

    Of the Four Horsemen of the Climatocalypse (sorry), Avarice, ignorance, hypocrisy, useful-idiocy, Dale Vice probably qualifies as Avarice, being a seller of EV charging stations and expensive “green” energy. Miliband would meet the criteria for the past one, or two.

  10. Gerry, England permalink
    March 28, 2021 11:50 am

    ‘Part of it is to convert power supplies on rigs to renewable energy’

    Concerning – why? With the Texas death toll now around 60 from the windmill driven grid failure the alarmist liars have spun the story that it was the failure of the gas-fired generation that caused the problem. Why did that fail? Because they were forced to abandon fossil fuel generation on site for electricity from the grid so once the grid failed there flow of gas stopped. Add this to the alarmist driven closure of the coal plants, Texas was always going to be in trouble from a deep freeze. Piles of coal are impervious to cold and can still be shovelled into the furnaces providing a stored energy supply. Gas is required on a constant flow. So the thought of rigs moving to an unreliable supply should be worrying.

  11. Gamecock permalink
    March 28, 2021 11:50 am

    Something additional going on here. May not be about electric cars at all.

    “VAT is on everything.”

    “Except electric cars.”

    A precedent. Once accepted, the politicians can start carving out niches for their friends.

    “No VAT on my friend’s business over here.”

  12. TomO permalink
    March 28, 2021 11:10 pm

    Owners Reach PLC also own the Daily Mirror and a fleet of truly awful local rags that pump the same bilge.

    Natural selection should take its course – I don’t see trad Express readers paying for this – give it another couple of years and it’ll likely be a Qatari owned, online only stale joke.

    • Gamecock permalink
      March 29, 2021 12:37 pm

      McClatchy Disease here. My local paper went belly up after 125 years, killed by McClatchy’s hard left content.

      They buy up local papers, corrupt them, then they die. A truly strange business model. Maybe it’s a hobby, and not a business.

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