Green Britain Fears Crime, Deaths and Riots Over Soaring Bills

Essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart; According to More In Common, the British expect “rocketing bills” will trigger misery, hardship, crime, and social unrest. But they blame energy company greed rather than Government Net Zero policies.


Worried Brits expect cost of living crisis to spark crime wave, deaths and riots

Jonathan Reilly
Kate Ferguson
21:01, 31 Jul 2022
Updated: 23:49, 31 Jul 2022

WORRIED Brits expect the brutal cost of living crisis to spark a crime wave, deaths and riots, a shock poll reveals.

Families fear rocketing bills will plunge the country into misery and unrest.

Some 70 per cent of the public expect many to refuse to pay energy bills, 80 per cent expect more shoplifting and 51 per cent think riots will take place.

And three in four expect ­people will die of the cold this winter, unable to afford heating.

More than half of those polled (51 per cent) say energy and oil firms are to blame for the hike in costs — a day after Shell and British Gas reported record profits. 

Nearly nine in ten (88 per cent) are worried the cost of ­living will directly impact their everyday lives.

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Reporting record profits in the midst of energy bill misery is not a good look. But Brits are blaming the wrong people – British government policy is the real culprit behind the spiralling cost of living.

There is plenty the government could do, right now, to alleviate British energy bill misery. For example, WUWT has repeatedly reported on Caudrilla CEO Francis Egan’s dogged effort to bring cheap Lancashire shale gas to the people of Britain, and the British government’s refusal to issue permits and repeated threats to permanently shut him down.

Even small acts of mitigation were too much for the BoJo administration. The British Government has so far refused to cancel Britain’s green levy, which adds an estimated £153 / year to everyone’s electricity bills.

A year ago the British Cabinet actually discussed extending the green levy. According to Bloomberg Chancellor Rishi Sunak pushed to extend the green levy to Gasoline, but was blocked by the British Cabinet. Rishi Sunak is one of two final round candidates in the race to replace outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

I have hopes for Sunak’s opponent, Liz Truss, who has promised to scrap the green levy.

Until the British people wake up and hold the right people accountable for their pain, and demand solutions which address the real problems, there will be no resolution.

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Tom Halla
August 3, 2022 6:07 am

NetZero is as much a debacle as the Energiewende, but the advocates will still push it.

Reply to  Tom Halla
August 3, 2022 6:38 am

They can never admit being wrong

Reply to  Tom Halla
August 3, 2022 10:18 am

Yes, Energiewende smacks of one of those “visionary” policy roadmaps.
Like Mein Kampf.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Tom Halla
August 3, 2022 10:43 am
Reply to  Old Man Winter
August 3, 2022 1:00 pm

“ONE of the greatest causes of climate breakdown”

Yes, right behind termite breath and climate activists pushing for solutions that actually hurt the environment a lot more than the fossil fuels they so irrationally hate.

Reply to  Tom Halla
August 3, 2022 10:47 pm

I hope there are riots and the “elites” are dragged from their homes and torn limb from limb! They deserve it!

Reply to  Truthbknown
August 4, 2022 6:32 am

I am yearly becoming convinced that the French “Terror” wasn’t all that bad. Maybe I should take up knitting.

August 3, 2022 6:12 am

re: “Green Britain Fears Crime, Deaths and Riots Over Soaring Bills”
What – something the ‘Central Planners’ at the WEF didn’t anticipate – that *real* skin and bones people might object to manipulation and subterfuge and higher prices?

Bryan A
Reply to  _Jim
August 3, 2022 8:27 am

Perhaps it is Really just “A Part of the Plan” to reduce CO2 by reducing the population.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Bryan A
August 3, 2022 10:34 am

Reply to  _Jim
August 4, 2022 8:53 am

The WEF isn’t a conspiracy.

It never used to figure as a conspiracy theory either: now everything is apparently because of the WEF or WEF puppets…

? who decides on what the current lunatic conspiracy is? Is there a website?

Reply to  griff
August 4, 2022 12:11 pm

re: “The WEF isn’t a conspiracy.”

Low IQ types, like yourself, often tend to think it is; Did you *just* find out differently, IOW, did you swerve into the truth? They have ‘plans’ for minions (used to call them ‘useful idiots’ or some such in the olde days) such as yourself too.

Are you totally unawares of what the Dutch farmers are going through right now, or are you isolated from world affairs too?

Right-Handed Shark
August 3, 2022 6:14 am

How much of this is intentional, I wonder?

Bryan A
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
August 3, 2022 8:31 am

None of it can be blamed on either Putin and the price of Natural Gas for generation OR the £9,700 MW paid to the intertie with a healthy portion of KY and a “Please can we have some more?”

August 3, 2022 6:15 am

Saw this yesterday, relevant to this article – its an interesting talk with Michael Yon:
Jordan Petersen – DW interview with Michael Yon, Author, “Combat Correspondent”
Pandemic – Famine- and War; A cycle

Reply to  _Jim
August 3, 2022 8:05 am

Yes, I also watched it and found it rather frightening.
I particularly liked Jordan Peterson’s description “That’s why Christ was a carpenter. . . . He wasn’t a PhD sociologist.”
We certainly need people in government who are respectful of the opinions and experience of those who get their hands dirty and make the country work, rather than those who play about with computer models.

Reply to  StephenP
August 3, 2022 9:48 am

Yup. And we’re seeing how it can play out on Sri Lanka. This Michael Yon individual has an interesting background in talking with all these farmers, too.

August 3, 2022 6:28 am

The UK population isn’t as stupid as the liberal elites like to claim. I wouldn’t trust the polls quoted in these reports at all — the questions are nearly always loaded and biased to provide the findings wanted rather than the actual truth.

Joe Public might not be happy with energy companies making the amount of money they are doing, but people largely understand the real reason is net-zero. Having been told for years that renewables are cheap they’re now asking why costs are sky-rocketing; and, surprise, surprise, neither politicians nor the left-wing media are prepared to admit it’s down to net-zero.

What’s happening in the UK is appalling. Millions will be pushed into poverty by horrendous energy prices. The world really does appear to have gone mad.

Reply to  MarkW2
August 3, 2022 6:40 am

The majority voted for Brexit

They aren’t flavour of the the month

Reply to  fretslider
August 3, 2022 7:14 am

The majority voted for Brexit

They aren’t flavour of the the month

Does that mean something that has an intelligible translation?

Reply to  AndyHce
August 3, 2022 7:32 am

Yes. We voted against our masters explicit instructions and so now we must be punished.

Richard Page
Reply to  AndyHce
August 3, 2022 8:11 am

Flavour of the month is a way of saying something that is popular for a short period of time, similiar to the ’cause du jour’ idea. Not being flavour of the month is to fall out of favour, to become unpopular.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  AndyHce
August 3, 2022 9:17 am

Flavour of the Month
derives from a marketing ploy for ice cream.

Still used by MacDonalds with burgers and ice cream

Reply to  AndyHce
August 3, 2022 9:25 am

It does

I’m surprised it went over your head

Reply to  fretslider
August 6, 2022 1:18 am

Flavor of the month is a rather old expression. Its the total of the declaration that isn’t clear. I accept what was apparently meant — “so now we must be punished” — but that assumes a lot more ‘fill in the blanks’ than recognizing that particular expression.

Reply to  fretslider
August 3, 2022 9:55 am

Have you checked the Euro exchange rate recently?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Sparko
August 3, 2022 12:10 pm

It’s propped up by Soros and other manipulators who wanted the EU to outperform the US. The real value of the € is what it buys in 1000cf of natural gas, loaves of bread or dozens of eggs . Soros started by making a billion dollar profit, selling the pound short 30 years ago on a dongle trade.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Gary Pearse
August 3, 2022 12:12 pm

oops ‘single trade’

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Gary Pearse
August 3, 2022 1:24 pm

‘Soros started by making a billion dollar profit, selling the pound short 30 years ago on a [si]ngle trade.’

What Soros learned back then was that he could make a pile by taking the other side of government stupidity. What he’s learned since is that by ‘investing’ relatively modest amounts in socialist causes, he can ensure that governments act stupidly more often than not.

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
August 4, 2022 2:29 am

he got china for a load as well and is persona non grata I gather, short sells n dirty deals his specialty

August 3, 2022 6:37 am

Is this really surprising? Not at all.

Consider the capture of the institutions, the civil service, education etc led by the media as the mouthpiece

Climate anxiety is rife in the affected. How does one even go about putting this right?

Richard Page
Reply to  fretslider
August 3, 2022 8:22 am

Defund the Universities that are pushing this claptrap and set a standard for scientific evidence that government funded research must adhere to, with financial penalty clauses for failure. Make sure that the MSM is held accountable for stories it publishes; long-term, unsubstantiated fearmongering must be some form of hate crime, mustn’t it? Get rid of the Green Levy, renewable subsidies and make it clear that nothing will be banned in favour of a ‘Green’ alternative; if it’s a better alternative then it will be more competitive and will need no government intervention to succeed. Make all COP junket attendees use green technologies to travel or use Skype.
I’ve probably missed a fair few but it’s a start, don’t you think?

Gerry, England
August 3, 2022 6:40 am

The string of good news on profits from Shell, Centrica and BP should see the cash rolling in for me as a shareholder especially after not receiving anything during the Covid years when these important companies had to keep going without any government assistance. I am sure a lot of pension pots will receive a boost. A good financial piece pointed out that oil and gas prices are set on global markets and are commodities that frequently fluctuate. Oil went as low as $40 a barrel as the Saudis and Russians tried to drive US fracking operations to the wall. The peak before then was around $120 a barrel. And commodities are driven by supply and demand. Currently due to idiots believing windmills and sun temples can reliably power a grids, demand for gas has soared driving the price up. The idiots at the same time have made life difficult for the gas industry not being able to see the consequences.

Reply to  Gerry, England
August 3, 2022 7:33 am

Plus Biden and his green, anti-fracking insanity.

Reply to  Gerry, England
August 3, 2022 8:14 am

Now that the big oil companies have made profits that enable them to pay back the losses incurred during the Covid pandemic, maybe the government should get them to start spending the remaining profits on further exploration and drilling for oil, gas and fracking instead, of extra taxes where they will disappear into a bottomless pit of governmental waste.
I have always thought it a bit pointless to fine a company for a misdemeanour, rather than making them spend an equivalent amount of money on rectifying the original problem.

Elliot W
Reply to  StephenP
August 3, 2022 10:36 am

I prefer the profits in my pension fund frankly.
What oil company in their right mind would “invest” in exploration and drilling when they are told that they will be legislated out of existence in 2030 or some such? Give your head a shake to clear the cobwebs: oil companies are a business which require profits and legal stability to move forward. Yet you propose to cancel both those requirements to satisfy some watermelon ideals.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  StephenP
August 3, 2022 1:30 pm

‘…maybe the government should get them to start spending the remaining profits on further exploration and drilling for oil, gas and fracking…’

Hmm, government direction of privately-owned business? Sounds like the definition of fascism. 

Leslie MacMillan
Reply to  StephenP
August 3, 2022 2:42 pm

The only way to “get” the oil & gas companies to invest their profits in exploration Is is to convince them they will not be regulated out of existence. Since the governments tell everyone they *are* going to regulate them out of existence, the smart move is to leave it in the ground.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Gerry, England
August 3, 2022 9:32 am

It was only in February 2021 when BP, Shell, Centrica all posted a loss, Exxon posted a loss in 2020. Unfortunately this didn’t make the headlines as it was seen by the establishment and MSM as a good thing as a step towards Net Zero.

Governments and politicians have successfully diverted attention form their misguided policies to “Greedy Oil Companies”.

One of my reasons for saying the Covid cure, lockdowns, would be worse than the illness was exactly this problem. When you shutdown economic activity it is very difficult to start it up again there’s a lot of inertia in getting oil and gas production up and running after a period of it being a pariah industry and then being shut down almost completely.
The other problem of inflation is a direct result of the Treasury under Rishi Sunak’s control printing money.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 4, 2022 5:19 am

The inept UK government and media children will only be too happy to use the oil and gas companies as somebody to blame for their own incompetence and stupidity.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Gerry, England
August 3, 2022 10:19 am

“The CFTC charged one trading house and two individuals for illegally manipulating oil prices during the price spike of 2008, when oil reached $147 a barrel, by creating the appearance of a shortage to drive up the benchmark for crude.”

Without that, I think it would’ve peaked in the $90-$110 range.

At the same time, there was a short squeeze in hard red spring wheat
(HRSW) on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) that sent it >$25/bu,
~$10 higher than both soft & hard wheat traded in Chicago & Kansas City.
Squeezes & manipulation schemes can affect prices in ways other
than supply/demand would dictate.

Steve Case
August 3, 2022 6:45 am

Shell and British Gas reported record profits. 

When more and more of your competition has been shuttered by the government, a seller’s market will ensue.

Even Calvin Coolidge could have figure that one out.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Steve Case
August 3, 2022 1:35 pm

‘When more and more of your competition has been shuttered by the government, a seller’s market will ensue.’

That’s why big business actually likes to be regulated. The costs thereof keep the small fry from competing.

Reply to  Steve Case
August 4, 2022 2:12 am

That escaped Griff and fellow greentards posting here when we pointed it out. As we say there never has been a successful prohibition policy on any substance and it always drives an illicit market.

Michael in Dublin
August 3, 2022 7:16 am

How are the Greens going to handle the claims at COP27 from Africa for much more money to help them become green?

UN Economic Commission for Africa says climate finance action has never been more urgent

Perhaps the UK can print tons of money like Zimbabwe did during their hyperinflationary years and then send them wheelbarrows full of pounds?

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
August 3, 2022 7:34 am

Someone would steal the wheelbarrows.

August 3, 2022 9:04 am

And they’ll be Chinese-made wheelbarrows.

Michael in Dublin
August 3, 2022 10:00 am

In Zimbabwe the wheelbarrows were worth more than the Zim dollars!

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
August 3, 2022 12:19 pm

Every other Friday a guard at the wheelbarrow factory saw a worker coming out of the factory pushing a wheelbarrow packed with hay.

The guard searched inside the hay, found nothing and let the guy go. This ritual repeated over several years until a time when the guard was about to retire from the wheelbarrow factory.

When the guy pushing the wheelbarrow appeared at the gate he told him: “I know you are stealing something from the wheelbarrow factory. I am just about to retire and this is my last day here. I will not tell anybody, but, please, let me know what are you stealing from the wheelbarrow factory!” The guy smiled and answered, “Oh, I am stealing the wheelbarrows.”

Leslie MacMillan
Reply to  Old Man Winter
August 3, 2022 2:45 pm

The joke works better if you don’t make it a wheelbarrow factory.

M Courtney
August 3, 2022 7:26 am

I have hopes for Sunak’s opponent, Liz Truss,

One born every minute.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Eric Worrall
August 3, 2022 1:13 pm

I suppose one thing in Truss’ favour is that she didn’t come through the state education system up until University. At that point she went the Oxford-PPE route. My nightly prayer “Please Lord save us from politicians with PPE degrees”. Apart from that I have a feeling of impending doom, a bit like the “how would you like to die?” question.

Saving each house less than 200 quid on their electricity bill is, to use an old British saying, pissing in the wind as far addressing the cost of energy. Even cancelling the £54 billion National Grid upgrade to integrate renewables is only going to save a couple of grand (cost is going to at least double it always does) for every man, woman, child and transgender in the UK.

Dave K
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 4, 2022 12:24 pm

My favourite comparison, is your mugger kindly giving you the busfare home.

August 3, 2022 7:30 am

This can’t be a surprise to anyone, surely? Joe & Jane Q Public are not much better than rotting cabbages when it comes to thinking for themselves and actually taking responsibility for their own predicament. Ask most folk in the street and they blame pretty much everyone for ‘ripping them off’ and ‘making a fortune at them prices’. I’ve had this argument over the price of coffee in a coffee shop- ‘£3 for a coffee? Bloody rip off! Making a bloody fortune!’ The fact that the cafe was empty and there were about 8 other cafes within walking distance went sailing over his head and into the sunset…and so it is with energy prices and everything else.

August 3, 2022 7:44 am

Maybe they could put up a wall around parliament! And maybe a trip to some foreign country to show how hard they are working. Or they could stop the threats and issue permits.

It won’t be long before their currency will be worthless. Then they will have all the green energy they can afford.

Peta of Newark
August 3, 2022 7:55 am

They blame the energy companies out of obedience and brainwashing

Because for years now, the best and only Government Advice on the face of rising fuel bills was:
Change Your Energy Supplier

National Jingoism and a really neat trick especially as all the Energy Suppliers are now foreign owned = blame Johnny Foreigner, esp the French in the form of EDF
The English and French have been at war since forever.

Just yesterday the BBC ran a News Front Page story about how Shell (I think) had made £6Billion profit this last year.
Unusually for the BBC, they opened ‘comments’ on the story and thus ensued a barrage of vitriol and venom directed at the Energy Companies.
(Over 3,000 comments when I last saw)

While they all totally ignore that UK Government plc has raked in that much over the last year simply via the increased VAT (Value Added Tax) on **just** petrol and diesel sales.

Buck Passing, Issue Avoidance and Rabble Rousing at its very finest = thank you soooo much Auntie Beeb.
Sorry hun but you are nothing but a cheap government whore and yesterday’s exposition, plus many more before, prove as much.

I commented as I have here but also ventured: Would all the commentors in that story rather the companies made a loss and went out of business?

What price then for a gallon pf petrol – how much did Mad Max pay for his ‘Motion Lotion’

Somehow, they all ‘deserve each other, they are all as rabidly insane as everybody else.

I have no sympathy – I just want out.

August 3, 2022 8:21 am

When the UK government has to justify and show us all how they plan to get to Net Zero – and they will have to in order to appease the watermelons ( ) – they won’t be able to hide the sacrifices needed to get even remotely close to their BS targets.

The chickens will come home to roost and the sooner the better!

Net Zero at any cost? NO THANKS!

August 3, 2022 8:29 am

More than half of those polled (51 per cent) say energy and oil firms are to blame for the hike in costs — a day after Shell and British Gas reported record profits”

BP and Shell Director’s are legally responsible to shareholders and no-one else.

If companies like BP and Shell did not make profits our pensions would be much poorer. And what are they supposed to do – NOT make profits? Its not like they don’t invest huge capital sums in a risky business from exploration through appraisal, development and production. In the UK the corporation tax is currently 19%. Unless you are North Sea producing oil company in which case its 30%, plus you pay about another 30% in other taxes – 60% taxation.

Meanwhile at the fuel pumps the government rakes it in without having to put any captial at risk whatsoever.

In 2014 oil price crashed and stayed low until 2020. Oil companies made huge losses.

BP Net Income 2010-2022 | BP | MacroTrends

The supply chain was all affected and it triggered huge rounds of redundancies in the oil service industry especially the large upstream contractors for seismic, drilling, logging etc. Western service companies have, through redundancy, cut their staff counts by 60-70% and this has not come back since, partly because budgets for next year have not been set. In the UK the estimate is 135,000 high paid oil sector jobs have gone and, given government policy, likely permanently.

We didn’t ask for nor expect government bailouts, handouts or whatnot. We pay our own way as every good business should.

Where were the politicians and the public when the oil industry was struggling? Silent and ignorant and uncaring. You’ll miss us if we are gone, shivering in the dark.

Reply to  ThinkingScientist
August 3, 2022 9:36 am

Excellent comment…we in the oil industry have been much maligned and yet we continue on, paying our taxes, developing cutting edge technology and keeping modern society going…..

Elliot W
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
August 3, 2022 10:40 am

Well said.
Too bad the idiots who run the asylum aren’t listening.

Reply to  ThinkingScientist
August 4, 2022 2:31 am

This comedy is playing out in the Eastern States of Australia with politicians and greentards trying to blame the end result of there policy on FF companies and generators. The real comedy now is the FF generators are refusing to play ball with the new government and regulator.

What is even more fun is the gas shortage forecast for next year and the AEMO trying to use federal law to stop export.

What will be amusing is if another state like Western Australia contracts to buy Eastern State gas over which federal export laws can not be used. You could see a situation a WA company could buy Eastern States gas somewhere between WA domestic and export price then mix it with it’s local supply and export it. The ES seller gets higher than domestic price and the WA seller makes a nice profit. All the Feds could do is deem the gas must be sold locally at the price it would otherwise be exported at which takes them right back to where they are.

This is the problem with trying to use Federal Laws on export rather than State Laws at source 🙂

August 3, 2022 8:33 am

Brits are blaming the wrong people

The propaganda is working.

August 3, 2022 9:04 am

Energy companies are being blamed because the government is instructing media to run persistent articles on radio and in newsprint ‘discussing’ the energy companies greed.

It’s deliberate and malicious. Not that I have any sympathy for energy companies but, it’s notable no one was being directed to sympathise with them when Oil hit rock bottom, and at one time went negative.

August 3, 2022 9:38 am

“Worried Brits expect cost of living crisis to spark crime wave, deaths and riots”

While the elites spread the propaganda to blame the energy companies behind security guards, the majority of the citizenry is virtually defenseless against the criminals.

Their only option is to wake up and vote the vile propagandists out or overwhelm them with masses of people ala Sri Lanka.

Gary Pearse
August 3, 2022 10:10 am

I have been saying this for a year or more. I have even said with “100% certainty” this Green tyranny is over (pitchforks and torches in the streets). I think I’ve had a comment or two censored.

“There is plenty the government could do, right now, to alleviate British energy bill misery.”

I’m sorry Eric, but no! Even abandoning the entire shameful, dishonest and diabolical
green smokescreen for the Elites’ Global Great Marxist Reset can’t stop the horrors already baked in. The fallout from the Policy-Caused massive damage to the global economy, energy disruption, agriculture, manufacturing (and loss of jobs) mental health, everything (!) will take a few years begin to alleviate. We will have famine around the world, illness, social disruption, and violence. The Sri Lanka Model tells us this.

I believe you are referring to allowing fracking. Getting this gas delivered to homes and industry …pipelines, is several years off assuming they are successful (they better get Americans or Canadians to do the job. Chinese, Poles and others haven’t had success). They will also have to suspend all anti-enterprise legislation and regulations under a an Emergency legislation, say, adopt US regulations. Needed will be military policing with easy arrest and jailing for any resistance to development – make the charges treason!

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Gary Pearse
August 3, 2022 11:17 am

I have begun Naming and Shaming the egregiously dishonorable mainstream climate ‘scientists’ who provide the rationale for this monstrous misanthropic disaster, which potentially ranks up there among those of the 20th century’s crimes-against-humanity megalomaniacs. Politicians, marxists strategists (world Ec Forum billionaires and ‘statesmen’) are the main culprits, but a the ‘elder statesmen’ of the consensus by their felonious behavior, moving goal posts, corrupting data, p-hacking, blocking alternate views, arranging to have sceptic scientists dismissed from employment, making litigious punishments for ‘detractors’…certainly are the loyal lieutenants and ‘camp guards’

August 3, 2022 10:25 am

Worried Brits expect cost of living crisis to spark crime wave, deaths and riots

This is Britain, only the left riot

The rest of us will mumble something under our breath, keep a stiff upper lip, and carry on stoically like we always do.

Elliot W
Reply to  Redge
August 3, 2022 10:44 am

So the average Brit would rather die home alone starving and freezing in the dark than get publicly angry. Sad what a once great nation is reduced to.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Elliot W
August 3, 2022 1:23 pm

There have been exceptions, England had a Peasants Revolt against a poll tax, then the UK poll tax riots in the time of Thatcher.

So there’s still hope

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 3, 2022 11:31 pm

That was the lefties rioting. This confirms Redge’s statement.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 4, 2022 11:24 pm

Thatcher’s poll tax was a much fairer system than we had before and we have now. Under Thatcher’s poll tax each person paid their fair share of council services, with discounts and exemptions for the least well off.

Why should a one-person household pay 75% of the council tax than a family of 4 next door? Do they use more council services than anyone else?

Does a wealthy person use more council services than a poor person?

Dave K
Reply to  Elliot W
August 4, 2022 12:47 pm

Or Perhaps…

The Beginnings

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy-willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate. 

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate. 

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate. 

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

Rudyard Kipling 1917

Reply to  Dave K
August 4, 2022 5:21 pm

I guess every 100 years or so?

Reply to  Redge
August 4, 2022 2:41 am

We will be rioting in Australia they can put up our energy prices but they are going to put beer up by 4%

Time to riot

Dave K
Reply to  Redge
August 4, 2022 12:36 pm

And when they do riot it will be against the wrong people. They’ll be more likely to attack a franchised petrol station than the virtue signalling politicians et al. Don’t forget this is the place where a mob killed a paediatrician.

Richard Page
Reply to  Dave K
August 5, 2022 12:35 am

No mob killed a paediatrician. The ‘incident’ was a sketch on a UK satirical show called ‘Brass Eye’ – it’s quite infamous. Amazing that you could confuse a tv show with reality.

August 3, 2022 10:28 am

I could solve their problems for them. Just quit being stupid and you won’t have those problems. These people really irritate me.

Shoki Kaneda
August 3, 2022 10:47 am

As they should. It seems to be the only thing that keeps current politicians from utter tyranny.

August 3, 2022 10:52 am

Remember to sign up with enviro groups before heading out to cause mayhem in order to get a free pass. You might also consider a name badge with the word Griff on it for extra protection. And remember not to protest or cause damage at Drax–must not slow down the burn rate of imported trees after all.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
August 4, 2022 8:51 am

Now available at £5 a time… comes in green, deep green and green. See my agent…

(All UK green groups are anti Drax)

August 3, 2022 11:03 am

I think the social media misinformation teams working for Putin and Alphabet can skip the UK–its too chaotic already.

August 3, 2022 11:10 am

At least the police have got their priorities right.

Reply to  mwhite
August 4, 2022 2:37 am

“In Britain today everything is policed – except Crime”.

Mark Steyn

Philip CM
August 3, 2022 12:08 pm

Net Zero is a tax on energy, production, delivery, and sales.

That billions in money your government(s) have taken from us to fund green policies, here’s our payoff.

Their payoff… no public or government agency is going to hold them accountable.

August 3, 2022 12:09 pm

‘I have hopes for Sunak’s opponent, Liz Truss, who has promised to scrap the green levy’

Well, no actually: she promised to pause it for some unspecified period.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Eric Worrall
August 3, 2022 1:24 pm

Not sure that she’s particularly rational about anything.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
August 4, 2022 5:25 pm

Once you said SHE, the rest is implied.

BUT, women make the best terrorists, so if she can get in, she may terrorize the left and greens.

August 3, 2022 1:41 pm
August 3, 2022 2:01 pm

It will be those that are used to a much warmer climate that will feel it most

Reply to  Diogenese
August 4, 2022 2:50 am

hopefully theyll go back home and drop consumption and handouts quite a bit

August 3, 2022 3:33 pm

 British government policy is the real culprit behind the spiralling cost of living.

Actually it is the action of individuals who expect government to fix things. If individuals felt strongly about the demon CO2 they would stop consuming just about everything. They would descend into a miserable existence, which is now in progress for the majority of people in the UK.

Gerald the Mole
Reply to  RickWill
August 4, 2022 3:12 am

If you voted for any of the major parties at the last election you are getting what you voted for.

August 3, 2022 4:06 pm

Unfortunately the British people and socialists in general have been indoctrinated to believe that the free market is evil and that government is good, pretty much since birth.

Reply to  MarkW
August 3, 2022 5:22 pm

Let them suffer, same here in Australia and Germany.
people have to experience. Pain to change.

Reply to  angech
August 4, 2022 2:36 am

True it does seem that way 🙂

Reply to  MarkW
August 4, 2022 8:49 am

We’re all socialists?

We think we have a right wing populist government!

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
August 5, 2022 12:44 am

‘We’ do not think any such thing – you’re on your own there Griffy. It’s neither right wing nor populist – the only reason it got elected was that the alternative choices were truly appalling to contemplate.

Reply to  griff
August 5, 2022 5:11 am

We think we have a right wing populist government!

No, YOU think we have a right-wing government, but when you’re left of Karl Marx, everyone is a right-winger

August 3, 2022 8:31 pm

My understanding of the UK is that people are unhappy with Government policy. The Governing Conservatives are losing by-election seats that have been Conservative for generations.
Is the alternative better? Possibly with Johnson gone no, but there are simply too many snouts at the Renewables trough for Gov to change.
I expect the Conservatives to face a near wipe out ant the next election.

Same thing happening in Australia. Both major parties, including the Government, face extinction within a few years if they don’t start listening to the voters. Opinion based on primary votes.

Reply to  Peter
August 4, 2022 1:39 am

There is no-one else to vote for. All three main parties Conservative, Labour and LibDem signed (yes – SIGNED!) a pledge in 2015 on climate change policies.

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband sign joint climate pledge | Climate crisis | The Guardian

All MPs have put climate change legislation through parliament without dissent – climate change act 2008 only had 5 votes against it. They are stupid beyond belief.

My own Conservative MP actually replied to me “we must take action quickly to reduce GSAT [global surface average temperature], something the government is committed to doing through its commitment to net-zero and a green agenda”.

I replied by pointing out that if the UK ceased to exist in 2012, by 2050 using the same models predicting thermageddon, the impact on global temperature would be 0.006 degC, an unmeasurable change and less than the atmospheric lapse rate from surface to 1m.

Reply to  Peter
August 4, 2022 8:49 am

They are unhappy because the PM lied… a lot. Some are unhappy because of Brexit. Some are unhappy over govt allowing building in ‘green belt’ (a sort of barrier no build zone around existing built up areas, for you Americans). Everyone is unhappy about energy prices.

Reply to  griff
August 4, 2022 5:29 pm

The left can’t be unhappy abut energy prices, but they don’t want to show how happy they are.

The left hate poor people. That is why, like you, they want to spend trillions on unreliable generation that requires 100% backup.

August 3, 2022 10:46 pm

They should fear, the idiotic “elites” over there purposeful destroyed their own country!

August 4, 2022 2:16 am

If we follow the steps of Sri Lanka … dont expect diferent results: misery, poverty and death.

August 4, 2022 5:47 am

Add fear of market clearing and the IMF to the list….

IMF tell Europe to let consumers bear the brunt of higher energy bills (

August 4, 2022 8:47 am

Soaring bills entirely because of natural gas prices.

Given the wholesale price driven up by gas is now higher than their ‘strike price’, many UK renewables sites are actually paying money back…

Reply to  griff
August 4, 2022 5:30 pm

Natural gas prices high because the left has stopped all drilling in the UK.

Why the hate of the poor, and the working middle class.

Reply to  griff
August 5, 2022 1:02 am

You are right that the immediate cause is a rise in gas prices, and this is in large part due to the Ukraine war. So you may be tempted to think there is nothing to see in the way of green and renewable programs, time to move on.

You’d be wrong. The reason is that the role of gas has changed because of an energy policy that is directed at the futile and useless goal of getting Britain to Net Zero.

The rise in gas prices has occurred in a situation in which coal has been taken out of the generating mix, and in which hugely expensive and unreliable wind and solar have been substituted. Backed up by… gas.

You have to plan the energy policy of the country. Germany, for instance, planned to move to large scale dependence on Russian gas, and close down its coal fired and nuclear generation. It is wrong to say that the only problem Germany has is a rise in the price of gas and a looming shortage of it. And that the Energiewende has nothing to do with either.

The Energiewende is the reason why the price rise and the shortage will have such a catastrophic effect on Germany this winter. Yes, strictly speaking, in the short term the immediate cause of the disaster is the price rise and the shortage. But the reason they are so disastrous is the overall policy framework.

Exactly the same thing applies to the UK. The only sensible solution to the UK energy problem is to do two things. One is build more modern coal fired generation capacity. The second is invest in nuclear. One is long term, the other short term. In the short term, its going to be either coal or rationing.

This winter, household heating bills for the 85% of the country that is heated by gas are going to rise enormously – by about 4 times compared to pre-crisis levels. But the reason this is going to have such bad effects are that all the money that could have been available to mitigate it has been squandered on the idiotic renewables program. And the country, in its crazed quest to get away from fossil fuels (while having no meaningful alternatives) has closed down its coal fired power stations AND its gas storage, thus rendering itself dependent on the spot gas market.

The other thing the UK should do is reverse its push for renewables. Abolish contracts for difference, abolish the compulsory purchase obligation, abolish the renewable levy on electricity bills. If wind is still competitive in a totally deregulated market, fine, let people build it. None will. Simply follow the Chinese example, reverse the whole nonsense, and build out as quickly as possible modern high efficiency high temperature coal fired generation. Then, over a ten or fifteen year period, plan on supplementing this will nuclear.

This is not going away, and its not going to be solved by any amount of wind. And Net Zero is going to end. The only question is how messy its going to be before a reversal is forced.

August 4, 2022 12:48 pm

I don’t expect riots. It will be fairly cold, and getting colder, when the pain of the price rises makes itself felt. But there will be a very long cold winter, and it is highly likely that, when the usual blocking high comes and wind falls to very little and solar to almost nothing, there will be blackouts.

The problem is that 85% of households in the UK are on gas heating. Gas is very difficult to cut off because of the problem of restarting it safely. So it will be business gas use that will be cut. When it comes to electricity power cuts however, they will be regional.

People are going to die this winter in England in pursuit of saving the planet by getting the country to Net Zero. It could all have been avoided by having a sensible grid with modern coal fired power stations. But idiot politicians bent on grandstanding…

And yes, as someone below points out, if Britain ceased to exist and took all its emissions with it, it would make no difference to global temps.

August 4, 2022 2:34 pm

Liz Truss will have the peculiar distinction of taking office as prime minister of Great Britain, and then leaving office as prime minister of England.

Reply to  Phil Salmon
August 4, 2022 5:32 pm

Only really need to get rid of Scotland to get to a conservative Parliament.

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