Government Policy: Leave the Old to Freeze
The interview with Chris Huhne on the Channel 4 news last night was surreal.
He talked continuously, spouting on and on and on. Desperately, he tried to talk out the time time slot and refused to allow the interviewer to get in with her questions.
At times he was literally talking gibberish.
The whole interview amounted to him stringing together sound bites with no coherence or intelligibility. It was a bit like a Madonna song but without the sex appeal - lots of emotional words strung together that sound good, but in reality make no sense.
At least Madonna is entertaining.
Huhne point-blank refused to address the issues of fuel poverty and how his policies are forcing millions into penury. He frantically tried to sidestep the government's own figures on how the so called Green Policies are grinding down whole sections of our community. When it got too difficult he simply made it up of the hoof and made himself look even more ridiculous.
I could barely believe that anyone in government could so abjectly and so cynically fail those who need support. Instead he bamboozled and waffled on, trying to deflect focus away from his ridiculous fashion statement "Green Agenda". A policy that is essentially based on hidden taxation. Taxation on the poor to benefit the rich.
When it comes down to it, when you strip away the waffle and obfuscation, Chris Huhne would rather let thousands of pensioners and the poor die of cold rather than call a halt to the current lunatic energy policy.
His laughable solution is to get people to "shop around".
Tell that to the average 80 year old.
Tell the old dear down the road who has never even used a computer that she should use a price comparison site.
Tell the old boy to "shop around" even though he is in his last days and wheelchair bound.
They all deserve better.
Much, much better than the preposterous Mr Huhne.
When it comes to the final analysis, the Government is responsible for this catastrophe.
This government may well be responsible for picking up many of the failings of the last Labour administration. But they are still responsible. After all that is what they were elected for - to take responsibility.
It is no good trying to deflect the blame onto the veracious big six energy companies. The whole of this debacle is simply down to bad and incompetent government. Both in the past and in the present.
We need a government that is willing and capable of breaking the current energy cartel. We need a government that plans energy policy on best practice not on vacuously fashionable but grossly ineffective solutions like wind power.
There are no excuses.
If this coming winter, people die or are left freezing, then it is this governments fault.
Of course it is Huhne's fault. But it will also be Cameron's fault. Hague's fault, and all the others.
They are the government. Fixing problem is what they should be about.
Somebody in government has to do something practical about our looming (or loomed) energy crisis. Mouthing platitudes is not enough.
To get things going, one good step forward would be to give Mr Huhne his P45.