By Joseph Willits
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Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has written a new book exposing the crippling cost of climate change policy, and the special interests that profit most. His ultimate call is for such policies to be scrapped, that are detrimental to the consumer, and are only beneficial to huge businesses that thrive at their expense.
‘Let them eat carbon’ evaluates the financial implications involved in climate change policy. In ‘Let them eat carbon’ Sinclair reveals the financial implications of regulations such as the Renewables Obligation and the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).
Sinclair cites these two examples amongst others, as already costing billions, yet they are expected to cost even more in the future. His findings state that:
By Tim Montgomerie
This morning's papers, at the start of the TUC Conference, are full of threats of strike action and civil disobedience from Britain's trade union leaders (see BBC and Guardian). Mark Serwotka of the Public and Commercial Services Union wins the award for Chief Deficit Denier. He warned George Osborne that “not a single public sector job” nor one penny of spending should be cut.
On this morning's Today programme Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude fought back. He said that six-in-ten Britons voted for the two parties that make up the Coalition and both parties had promised to fix the deficit. The unions should remember that, he warned.
With union militancy growing Mr Maude and his ministerial colleagues would be wise to examine a timely report from Policy Exchange on "modernising industrial relations".
The report identifies four major problems in current union-government relations:
The report, co-authored by Andrew Lilico, PX's Chief Economist, and Ed Holmes makes a number of recommendations including:
The report contains this interesting graph on how the unions have become a public sector phenomenon in recent years:
Research from The TaxPayers' Alliance notes that strikes are now fifteen times more likely in the public than private sectors. Ten years ago private sector strikes were twice as likely. See the research note here (pdf).
ConservativeHome has been highlighting the role of the public sector unions as they pour money into Labour's marginal seats campaign and as they also build up a war chest to "unleash hell" on any incoming Tory government.