- Would you (with your family) get into a plane where the pilot was confident but lacked any formal training?
- Would you let a person install a gas boiler in your house when you knew that the installer only had the vaguest notion of what they were doing?
- How about putting your kids onto a school bus where the driver could recite the highway code but had never actually driven a bus before?
Well how about this then.
Lets look at Energy Policy. You know that boring old subject about keeping the lights on, people in jobs, old folk NOT freezing to death etc. etc.
Milliband, Huhne and Davey all studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Sadly it looks like they wouldn't know a Joule from a Seivert.
I should point out there is a rumour that Huhne might now be able to change a light bulb (on a good day). They teach you a lot of new skills in prison these days.
Meanwhile the current Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint, has a BA in American Literature and History combined with Film Studies.
So while she probably could recite the script from the Chine Syndrome she might confuse Spinning Reserve with some sort of pool of political propaganda.
There is not a one engineer on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
But there is some good news.
Luckily there is John Robertson MP. He did a technical apprenticeship for Post Office Telephones and is the sole technically qualified person on the committee. However poor old John tends to be a lone voice as the only informed advocate of nuclear power.
Seriously I'm not making this up.
One of the most urgent and life changing aspects of our society (aka Energy policy) is being decided by a bunch of over confident (dare I say arrogant) buffoons who know little or nothing about the subject they are in charge of.
God help us all.
(Hat tip to commentator "phasing" on this Telegraph Article )