Tuesday 31 May 2022
It turns out that we were right all along about coal-fired power stations. Who knew? Eventually, they will realise the need to harness the power of the State in order to deliver an all-of-the-above energy policy based around civil nuclear power and this country's vast reserves of the coal that is also needed to make steel, for all that they are still officially planning to build their wind turbines out of bamboo and their electric cars out of marshmallow.
Around those twin poles of nuclear power and of the clean coal technology in which Britain was the world leader until the defeat of the Miners' Strike, let there be oil, gas, lithium, wind, solar, tidal, and everything else, bathing this country in heat and light. This is why we have a State.
And thanks to the all-of-the-above energy policy, let there be an all-of-the-above transport policy based around publicly owned railways running on the electricity that public ownership would also supply to charging points in every neighbourhood and village. Astonishingly, and yet not, the fewest charging points for electric vehicles are in the areas that still stand on a thousand years' worth of coal.