Alok Sharma COP26 tears mean nothing without action

COP26 has been held in Glasgow for nearly a year. Remember that touching moment when Alok Sharma was moved to tears by the enormity of a last-minute deal? Sure enough, the UK government was finally, honestly showing off its honest green credentials…or it was, as Greta Thunberg and many others have described it, just blah, blah, blah!

I thought about this while watching the excellent Channel 4 Dispatches Why is my car so expensive? Dispatch is a program that fearlessly exposes the kind of inconvenient truths the UK government would like to keep under the rug. Put it this way, once Channel 4 is privatized, Dispatch, along with current Channel 4 news, will be “nothing more,” advertisers say.

Although this was not included in the program, in 2019 the International Energy Agency found that sports utility vehicles (SUVs) were the second largest cause of the global rise in carbon dioxide emissions over the past decade, outstripping all shipping, aviation, heavy industry and other industries. heavy duty. Even trucks. They also produce 700 megatons per year worldwide, about the total production of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands combined

Surely then, for the sake of the environment, SUVs should represent only a small minority of cars with incentives for people to buy smaller, greener cars but who better be weaned from electric cars? However, Dispatches explained that 10 years ago one in five cars sold was an SUV, but frustratingly last year that percentage has doubled. Car manufacturers love them because they sell for more than just small cars. SUVs also use precious computer chips and other components that are not currently available, sometimes twice the numbers used in a small car.

As for motivating people to buy more expensive but environmentally friendly electric cars, everyone in Britain who bought a new car for less than £60,000 used to receive a government grant of up to £2,500. Last December, that amount was reduced to £1,500 for cars priced under £32,000. Just six months later in June 2022 the government abolished it completely! In Luxembourg, the purchase of electricity was up to 8000 euros; Spain, up to 7000 euros; Romania, up to 10,000 euros. Overall, 13 EU countries offer incentives to buy electric cars, all greater than the £1,500 that the UK government has just scrapped.

Why is incentivizing electric car purchases vital? Which consumer magazine? We discovered that if purely electric cars were sold in 2021, they would have taken three million tons of CO2 from the exhaust pipes of cars each year in exchange for selling cars for only one year. A significant portion of the UK’s total carbon dioxide production. It would take 144 million trees to absorb that amount of carbon dioxide or the amount produced by heating 1.1 million homes in the UK in a year or 650,000 of us on board around the world.

So, for the UK government to completely cancel the grant to buy an electric car just over six months after COP26, even Sharma’s tears were blah, blah, blah!

Ivor Telfer

Daleji Bay, Fife

IT is shocking and frightening that according to the latest research by York University, 72% of households in Scotland are expected to be fuel poor in January next year.

Scots are constantly being hit hard over the cost of living, which is spiraling out of control. With inflation falling to 10.1%, it is critical that politicians and policy makers unite to confront this complex and urgent national crisis.

It’s a concern for everyone – retirees, families, and adults of working age. But I have no doubt that it puts an extra burden on people with terminal illnesses. They are more at risk of suffering from fuel poverty, as their symptoms will make them feel cold more often and they will spend increasing periods of time indoors with heating as their condition worsens.

Shockingly, living in a cold, humid home can precipitate the death of a terminally ill person.

The UK and Scottish governments have a moral obligation to take immediate action and provide the terminally ill with targeted financial support to cover the ever-increasing costs of energy bills.

This is why we are calling on the Scottish Government to commit to expanding winter heating assistance eligibility for terminally ill people under 65 as it will help reduce the risk of, and potentially dying in, working-age people in Scotland that they will fall into poverty as a result of their condition.

Elie Wagstaff

Director of Politics and Public Affairs, Marie Curie

Writing as someone who worked at a facility at the time of privatization, and even after I gained significant financial benefit from the operation over subsequent years, I fully agree with the sentiments expressed in Jerry Hassan’s column (August 16).

The ideological belief that only the private sector can provide value to customers is completely wrong. Utilities are natural monopolies, in that it makes no sense to build competing systems for water, gas, electricity and railways, and as has been undoubtedly demonstrated over the past few months, the market system was created to allow for false competition in the supply of utilities, while it might appear on the surface to operate Appropriately under normal conditions, completely unable to function in crisis situation.

The illusion of competition is maintained by installing a regulatory process that simply allows the government to offload its responsibility for providing public services to scapegoating waiting. Regulators exercise a veneer of corporate control without any interest, whatsoever, in anything other than shareholder value.

The critical issue in both the power and water industries at this point is the complete lack of integrated strategic planning, with insufficient efforts for long-term storage and continuity of supply. In the energy industry, this is exacerbated by the inability to influence the cost of energy inputs. Indeed, it is fortunate that the Scottish government did not actually implement its plan for a public power company, for it would have been so mired in this quagmire that it was not able to alleviate any of the present problems, and would have simply attracted the usual side handkerchiefs of red and blue Unionists.

There isn’t much to recommend the half-baked Keir Starmer “plan”, which would do nothing short of pumping more and more public money into energy suppliers, but setting energy bills at their current level, charging the resulting losses to energy suppliers and then nationalizing the wreck might be a stepping stone Good for the radical restructuring of the entire industry. Moreover, providing a method of compulsory purchase of oil, gas, renewable energy and nuclear energy at cost plus a “reasonable” return would be a reasonable way to take back partial control of the province’s resources. If the companies involved are not satisfied with this approach, they will be free to offer their assets to the government at an agreed value.

If the above paints me as a far-left radical, then I am not. I am simply tired of my country being robbed by multinational bandits, some of which are ultimately owned by foreign governments.

In light of the fact that the UK will not be willing to tackle any of the problems effectively for fear of upsetting salary payers, there can only be one solution.

Cameron Crawford


It is interesting to read that one or two prominent footballers are supporting the new football contract that is currently being negotiated with the Saudi Sports for All Federation for the period up to 2029. Sky is a very smart group when it comes to looking after their interests but not very exciting. Scottish football.

Inflation is rampant at 10% this year and is expected to rise to 14% next year and God knows what level after that will have a very big impact on the real value of any money received. All that glitters is not gold.

Why sign a fixed contract today when a contract worth £198m over the seven years would have presently only a value of around £169m at an annual inflation rate of 4%. The purchasing power of money disappears quickly with inflation as we all know its cost.

As long as Sky is allowed to legally broadcast English football matches to Scotland with its jurisdiction, this will give it a wholly unfair advantage in any negotiations with the Saudi Sports for All Federation (one of the advantages of the best of all).

However, the Saudi Sports for All Federation is there to protect Scottish football and should at least include an inflation protection clause, if it finally agrees to the Sky deal (God forbid).

Gordon Morris

By email

After reading Steph Brawn’s insightful and positive review of Tim Walker’s play, Bloody Difficult Women (August 12), I immediately booked tickets to see the play in the assembly rooms on the same day.

I thought it was thought provoking, funny, and fun, and now I understand why it is as popular as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I love how it’s a talking point.

Given the amazing cast, great screenplay, and phenomenal stage, I thought I should express my gratitude by saying it’s a full five stars from me too.

Good for The National for review. I am glad to be subscribed to a newspaper that believes in freedom of speech, unlike the Daily Telegraph South of the Border, which has seen its theater critic block Tim Walker on Twitter and refuse to review it. Why do so many newspapers south of the border deny Brexit?

Eileen MacDonald


The Church of England asserted at the recent Lambeth Conference that their opposition to same-sex marriage had implications for the British monarch since they were “the defender of the faith and supreme ruler of the Church of England”.

It is credited that William had previously spoken of gay rights, but the secular National Assembly wrote to him and Charles to highlight that “a sovereign who seeks to serve as a center of national identity, unity and pride cannot, at the same time, be the supreme ruler of an officially anti-gay institution”.

Fortunately, the solution is clear: invalidate the Church of England so they can do whatever they want.

Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular Society

Penman, railroad worker,

caregiver and worn nurse;

Each of us evades,

According to Lizzie Truss.

Graft should be more difficult,

And swallow the bitter pill.

To get some crumbs in the storage room,

Or pay the energy bill.

“They need to sweat, toil,

More blood and tears shed,

To earn a place in this deadly dossier.”

Liz Truss blows in our ears.

“Don’t groan, don’t groan,

Just put your shoulder on the steering wheel,

Act, follow the line.”

She says with a heart of steel.

Ah, Lizzie, Lizzie, oh Jings,

You are a puppet at their game.

Your conservative gentlemen are in control,

And you are simply tamed.

George Robertson


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