Posts Tagged “energy”

Are the Greens to the Lib Dems what Ukip is to the Tories?

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2014

“As Ukip is to the Tories, so can the Green party be to the Lib Dems.” That’s a sentence I wrote here, almost seven years ago, on 3rd November, 2007. In The Times, Sam Coates has looked at how the quiet rise of the Greens in recent months – the party polled just ahead of […]

Energy: What Lib Dem members think about the price freeze and new nuclear power station deal

by Stephen Tall on December 28, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Would you support or oppose the following policies…? 64% oppose energy price […]

Ed Davey nails Labour’s energy price freeze: “Prices go up, small, independent competitors go out of business, the big six is created again. Well done, Mr Miliband!”

by Stephen Tall on October 26, 2013

Here’s Lib Dem energy secretary Ed Davey highlighting one of the many flaws in Ed Miliband’s promise to freeze energy prices in today’s Guardian interview: (Hat-tip: John Rentoul in The Independent: Quotation of the Day.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal […]

Ed Miliband’s speech: 5 thoughts on what it means for Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and the 2015 election

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2013

I listened to, rather than watched, Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour party conference yesterday. On the up-side that meant I missed the three hammy mid-speech standing ovations (shades of IDS c.2003); on the down-side it accentuated the peculiar whooping of some of the more excitable delegates (relax, guys, it’s just a politician talking). In […]

Chris Huhne lands £100k a year job at US energy firm. And why not?

by Stephen Tall on August 11, 2013

The Independent reports the story of Chris Huhne’s new role: Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne has been hired as the manager of an energy firm just months after being released from prison. The Government’s ex-energy and climate change cabinet secretary has been working as the European manager of Zilkha Biomass Energy since July, according to […]

Ed Davey shows other Lib Dem ministers how to put forward a savvy argument within Coalition

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2012

I was very struck, reading Ed Davey’s interview with The Guardian this weekend, how he chose to describe the deal-making process between the two Coalition parties over the energy bill: Davey admits that the failure to secure a decarbonisation target (…)

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LDVideo: Davey on energy policies and climate change action

by Stephen Tall on May 23, 2012

Lib Dem energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey was asked this week by Andrew Neil why people were being asked to pay more for their power while many were struggling. He said it was “right to pursue climate change policies” and told Andrew Neil that prices of onshore, offshore and solar renewable sources were […]

Huhne pledges to do ‘the right thing’ as he commits to nuclear power

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2011

This week saw Lib Dem energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne make a major speech to the Royal Society on the future of nuclear power, with the Coalition committed to a series of new reactors adjacent to existing sites. The Coalition’s policy has long been trailed — a year ago, Chris put forward his […]

LDVideo at Conference | A Chris Huhne double-bill

by Stephen Tall on September 21, 2011

At Birmingham and so missing out on how the Lib Dem conference is being reported? Not at Birmingham and so missing out on seeing Lib Dem MPs and government ministers up close and personal? We hope these videos will help re-connect you… It was Lib Dem energy secretary Chris Huhne’s day in the limelight yesterday, […]

Lib Dem MPs set to rebel over ‘back-door’ nuclear power subsidy

by Stephen Tall on July 2, 2011

‘Liberal Democrats have long opposed any new nuclear construction. Conservatives, by contrast, are committed to allowing the replacement of existing nuclear power stations provided that they are subject to the normal planning process for major projects (under a new National Planning Statement), and also provided that they receive no public subsidy.’ So declares the Coalition […]