To anyone with an IQ bigger than their shoe size, it was obvious that the conflict between ideology and reality would come to a massive head on collision with Net Zero.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced he’s binning a raft of ridiculous green policies as part of his ‘new approach to reach Net Zero’.
The PM took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to set out five areas he wants to scrap as the Government pushes through a different strategy on Net Zero targets which Mr Sunak said were “unnecessary and heavy-handed”.
Above a graphic showing the policies being ditched, a statement on the Prime Minister’s X account read: “We will never impose unnecessary and heavy-handed measures on you, the British people.
“We will still meet our international commitments and hit Net Zero by 2050.”
The big problem has always been the attempt to impose a top down solution. Technological advances don’t work like that. The insistence that we all drive around in milk floats – that are not remotely ecologically friendly – was an example of the hubris of politicians who thought that setting a target would automatically mean compliance. Naturally, the real world intervened. EVs are not and never will be the solution to replacing the ICE. And, frankly, the ICE has plenty of development left in it yet. Indeed, the current ones are far more environmentally friendly than the useless battery powered crap the government is trying to force upon us.
Rishi Sunak has confirmed he will be pushing back a number of net zero targets, including the ban on new petrol and diesel cars to 2035.
As we got closer to that deadline – and bullying manufacturers with fines if they didn’t meet targets unlikely to work if people just won’t buy the EVs – this was inevitable. As we get closer to the new deadline, expect a similar rollback. Targets are always a stupid idea. I saw them fail in the workplace and I fully expected them to fail here and I have not been disappointed.
Mr Sunak argued it “should be the consumer” making the choice about what kind of car they buy, not the Government forcing them through bans.
Well, duh. I am a consumer and nothing will get me to waste my money on a milk float. I don’t want an electric motorcycle either. I like my petrol bikes because they have something that the electric version will never have – character. The sound and feel of a V twin is different to that of a four or a single, for example. An electric motor is just an electric motor and I flatly refuse to buy one. Fining the manufacturer will not affect that, so the idea was always plain nasty.
I did wonder about how people might protest, and things in Wales and London are heating up nicely, with I hope, Ceausescu moments for the likes of Khan and Drakeford. As it turned out, it would appear that sitting back and waiting for reality to kick in was the solution. Sunak has kicked it into the long grass. Yes, I know, Sir Kneelalot is going to reverse any rollback, but he will have to face reality as well. And the reality is that the Net Zero agenda is so utterly insane, no one who isn’t psychologically abnormal would expect it to ever work. What we have had is a bunch of mentally arrested, egotistical, intellectually challenged individuals trying to wish reality to bend to their will. Well, reality is not playing. They aren’t God and they are about to find out.
Mr Sunak said Britain has not had a proper debate about the sacrifices and trade-offs net zero will require, and that we have “stumbled into a consensus about the future of our country that no one seems to be happy with”.
Then it’s not a consensus, you fuckwit.