For more than 18 months, I have been advocating for the central feature of our nation’s energy policy to be pensioners before Paris – that is to focus on reducing power prices, ensuring reliability of supply instead of slavishly driving up prices in order to meet an international target that all of the big international emitters have ditched or ignored.
That is the question that has garnered much public discussion in recent weeks and is something that has played on the mind of many in Parliament for a long time.
Once the finest bastion of free speech and thought, our universities today are a far cry from their former glory days. The stifling political correctness crusade has sadly taken hold.
The people’s verdict on redefining marriage is not a licence for the Parliament to jettison long established freedoms and rights. There has rightly been much discussion about the freedoms that require protecting. While many have sought to take a simplistic approach to have very limited religious protections for those who have a religious belief, not enough attention has been paid to the broader protections that are required because there are literally millions of decent men and women who respectfully don’t support same-sex marriage and hold their view in good faith and not born from religion.
Pensioners’ pockets before Paris purity – in its essence, this is what the current energy debate over the Finkel Review is all about.