Author Archives: Will Straw

The Independent View: Cross-party amendment to decarbonise power by 2030 needed to stop Osborne

The Independent reports this morning that pro-green Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs are considering a rebel amendment to the Energy Bill to create a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030. The policy is critical to reducing carbon emissions and energy bills in the long run and creating jobs and growth.

Last week, Ed Davey revealed the details of the Government’s much anticipated Energy Bill which will be introduced to Parliament today. In exchange for an extremely positive and welcome outcome for the renewable sector up to 2020, Davey lost his battle to include a 2030 decarbonisation target …

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The Independent View: Labour and Lib Dems must show a willingness to work together

As a long-term believer in the need for a more progressive politics, I take no great joy in the spate of polls showing the Liberal Democrats in free fall.

The latest projections from UK Polling Report show that a Lib Dem collapse to 15% in the polls would deliver a Conservative majority of 18 and the balance of power being held by the Tory right rather than the Lib Dem right. The Lib Dem concessions on inheritance tax, capital gains tax, and Europe – for which they should be praised – would go in a flash.

But the Lib Dems …

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  • User Avatarpetermartin2001 11th Feb - 2:36pm
    We know what Remain looks like (the present) .... But do we? We voted for 'Remain' in 1975 but did we really know then what...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 11th Feb - 2:35pm
    Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want a cross-party commission. He wants his terms or pretty much nothing. There. fixed that for you, Eddie. It's absurd to say...
  • User AvatarBruce 11th Feb - 2:28pm
    Westminster spends around £48bn on defence with some of it hidden in other departmental budgets like education, health, home office, transport. Around 1/12 is contributed...
  • User Avatarpetermartin2001 11th Feb - 2:26pm
    @RC, "The two [deficits] are not directly linked in any way" You might like to acquaint yourself with Wynne Godley's theory of sectoral balances before...
  • User AvatarPeter Parsons 11th Feb - 2:22pm
    Ian, there is a question as to how independent the chief negotiator is if, as reported, Jeremy Hunt personally vetoed an agreement the employers and...
  • User AvatarBruce 11th Feb - 2:16pm
    how about 1 April - 2099 I know Dave said before end 2017 but he has broken nearly every other promise.