The Stern Report = a good day to turn off the television
As the Torygraph leader says:
Having exhausted stealth taxes, the Government is reaching for green taxes: levies on flying, driving and household appliances.
The beauty of eco-taxes, from Gordon Brown's point of view, is that people won't want to be seen to be against them.
Those who dispute their efficacy – including this newspaper – will be dismissed as having fallen for tendentious science, or being in the pay of the oil companies, or simply not caring about the viability of the planet.
A few seconds' thought should reveal how asinine these accusations are. Surely we can take it as read that everyone is in favour of life on Earth.....
it is hard to avoid the suspicion that, for many on the Left, Kyoto is a handy way of advancing an agenda that has little to do with the environment: one that seeks always to blame the West, that is hostile to free trade, and that looks instinctively to state intervention.
The trouble is that governments tend to be inefficient. There is no reason to expect the state to be any better at protecting the environment than it was at making cars or running the Millennium Dome.
It is a pity that all three main parties have bought into the idea that state regulation is the answer. Market mechanisms have proved highly effective at delivering green goals.
....taxes should be used soberly, judiciously and reluctantly; never as a way of flaunting one's green credentials.
Take that as a slap in face with a GM farmed kipper Dave.