The episode featuring Malcolm Tucker… and a carrot

Can you imagine The Thick of It-type conversations which took place at Westminster?

A carrot

A carrot, yesterday.

“Ed needs to come up with something special at Conference, otherwise we’re all going to sit on the wrong benches for another four years.”

(Cue lots of ums and ahs)

“I know, let’s completely abandon our pledge to decarbonise the economy and create a million green jobs. Let’s delay the much-needed investment we have called for in the renewable energy industry and instead do something completely radical.”

(Cue lots of ums and ahs)

“Let’s offer the electorate a chance to pay less money on their bills – you know, like freezing fuel duty or the extra pence on a bottle of Scotch at the budget every six months. But here comes the radical bit – let’s freeze it for two WHOLE years.”

(Cue round of applause and slapping of backs)

Of course, putting aside the sarcasm and the scepticism, Mr Miliband’s announcement that householders would see a freeze in their energy bills for the first two years of a Labour government is just one part of a bigger plan designed to ‘reset’ the energy market.

Breaking up the Big Six, and you all know what we think of them by now (see previous blog here), is not necessarily a bad move – separating the generating businesses from the supplying businesses actually makes sense. And there’s no doubt that watchdog OFGEM has had its day.

But it is a move which should have been taken long ago, and we are way past that now. That’s a sticking plaster, just like the energy bill freeze.

Labour may need to rethink ‘radical’ if they are to develop proposals to really fight the battle against rising energy bills which are tough on families and tough on businesses.

Imagine this.

“Ed needs to come up with something special at Conference, otherwise we’re all going to sit on the wrong benches for another four years.”

(Cue lots of ums and ahs)

“I know, let’s remind everyone that we have pledged to decarbonise the economy and create a million green jobs. Let’s bring forward the much-needed investment we have called for in the renewable energy industry and instead do something not in the slightest bit radical.”

(Cue lots of ums and ahs)

“Let’s not offer the electorate a carrot in exchange for their vote and instead engage with the public on how they use their energy, offer real alternatives such as community heating schemes and education on the renewable options available.

(Cue round of applause and slapping of backs and drawing of a potato on the white board)

“What’s that?”

“Not a carrot. We can project it behind Ed’s head at Conference.”

Well, you can take the Malcolm Tuckers of this world only so far…..

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