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Time For Tory Realism On Britain’s Suicidal Green Energy Policy

Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

Now the all-Conservative government is free from its Lib Dem millstone, it must  start inching back towards reality and common sense.

More than once in recent weeks, I have recalled the time in 1948 when all the polls predicted that the Democrat US President Harry Truman would be soundly beaten by his Republican opponent, Thomas Dewey, a small man with a moustache. The Chicago Tribune famously reported on its front page “Dewey wins!” Alistair Cooke recorded how he met a Republican county chairman on a train and asked “what happened?” “I don’t know about anyone else,” the Republican replied, “but I know what happened to me. When I entered that polling booth ready to vote the straight Republican ticket, into my mind came the thought of our little man with a moustache, and I thought ‘dammit, didn’t we just fight a war against a little guy with a moustache?’ For the first time in my life I voted Democrat.”

I thought of this again on Friday morning, watching all those poor BBC pundits struggling to get their heads round the inexplicable fact that the man they all expected and probably wanted to win, had tanked. Hadn’t all the polls said that the Tories couldn’t possibly win? What they were unable to grasp, lost in their London bubble, was the reality I wrote about last week under the headline “The mere thought of Ed in No 10 will decide the day”.

At the moment in 2010 when the utterly implausible Ed Miliband became party leader, I said “that’s lost Labour the next election”. Equally obvious from talking to my Lib Dem Somerset neighbours, who had just elected our first Liberal MP for 90 years, was their shocked sense of betrayal at the sight of Nick Clegg getting into bed with the hated Tories. On Friday, with Labour facing its worst trouncing in 80 years and the entire South West around me turning blue, we saw the consequences.

But, with our new all-Conservative government free from its Lib Dem millstone, it must now, on several crucial issues scarcely mentioned in the election campaign, start inching back towards reality and common sense. One is the desperately urgent need for a complete reappraisal of the suicidal energy policy we have been left by Ed Davey, to meet the needs of Ed Miliband’s Climate Change Act. They must grasp that we cannot hope to keep our lights on by closing down all our fossil-fuel power stations, just to rely on useless windmills and non-existent nuclear reactors.

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