Rishi gets real
RISHI Sunak has rightly braved the flak to put families’ finances and their standard of living before eco dogma. We salute him.
Rishi Sunak, whose No10 speech amounted to a bold relaunch, is right to put voters before vested interests[/caption]
His predecessors had no idea how anyone would afford their headlong charge for net zero and didn’t seem to care.
It was neither fair nor wise to impose vast change without public consent.
This PM’s sensible and modest tweaks deal honestly with reality, not green fantasy and wishful thinking.
They were still far too much for furiously hyperventilating eco obsessives.
Old Etonian multi-millionaire Zac Goldsmith ludicrously claimed his own party “had turned its back on the world and generations”.
The “impartial” BBC, relishing a new front against the Government it hates, wheeled out Tory relic John Gummer to denounce the PM’s “stupidity”.
Energy firm E.on alleged our cities are “clogged with dirty air”. Really? The capital’s air hasn’t been cleaner in centuries.
But such is the mad, fact-free fanaticism Mr Sunak is now resisting.
Get a grip
Rich virtue-signalling zealots will never struggle, unlike millions of others, to afford a battery car or electric heating system.
And their criticism about Britain failing the planet is hyperbolic drivel.
We are still aiming for net zero by 2050, a policy The Sun backs.
But we are merely now falling in line with others.
The 2035 ban on selling new fossil fuel cars matches that of the EU — which Tory critics ordinarily revere — and America’s most left-wing states.
The 2035 newboiler ban now allows some exemptions. No nanny-state eco taxes will be imposed. Good.
These are sane, pragmatic measures other leaders are also moving towards.
He and others must get a grip. Britain has cut our emissions by half since 1990, easily the fastest in the G7, to globally insignificant levels.
We lead the world on it. Why do some also want us to lead the world on self-inflicted economic harm?
Mr Sunak, whose No10 speech amounted to a bold relaunch, is right to put voters before vested interests.
He wrong-footed Labour, despite their complacency about winning. Their abuse concealed their confusion.
And the Tories at last have something to sell on the doorstep.
THERE is no case to raise interest rates again today.
The surprise fall in August’s inflation, defying forecasts, is good for households.
And the Bank of England now has no reason to squeeze them further.
It’s done enough harm.