Two weeks ago ConservativeHome exclusively revealed that the Conservatives were unlikely ["Unlikely"? Oooh, that's concrete—DK] to renew the pledge to match Labour on spending. A senior frontbencher has now told us that, as part of an ongoing review of economic policy, higher green taxation is very unlikely ["Very unlikely"? Oooh, that's so reassuring—DK] to feature in the next Conservative manifesto.
Well, that is good news, eh? Lucky old us, not having to pay yet more for the follies of our lords and masters. Whoopee-fucking-doo.
It's a pity that, as EU Referendum points out, that we're going to get higher Green Taxes imposed on us anyway, isn't it?
"Taxpayers in Britain face up to 5p in the pound in extra taxes because of the credit crunch created by the banks, leading economists have warned," says The Sunday Times, bemoaning in its leader that, "It's the ordinary folk who carry the can."
Indeed they do and it was ever thus but, while the paper is rightly getting excited about this latest raid on our wallets, another one is around the corner which will cost us, potentially, even more.
We are, of course, referring to our favourite hobby-horse, the EU's emission trading scheme (ETS) which, with other levies and taxes, is set to add anything up to £15 billion a year to our bills (no one knows precisely how much – so this is a conservative estimate) – also, by some strange coincidence, equivalent to 5p in the pound in extra taxes, and that is likely to be only a start.
Worst still, this "tax" is regressive, which means those on lower incomes are hit proportionately harder than the wealthy.
That the vultures are gathering to feed off this new income stream is already evident from this piece, where the boss of the consultancy LECG, Chris Osborne, is exulting in the prospect of a new "dot-com boom".
That snouts are already in the trough is clear from our other piece and, in a shameless appeal to the greed dominating the financial markets, the Carbon Trust is advertising in the business press a "business opportunity worth £1.2 billion in the UK". Aimed at encouraging investment in "low carbon markets" and "creating new products" it directs readers to its website, where no end of money-making scams await those who join the "green-con boom".
Amazingly, the political classes seem to be totally unaware of what awaits us. This is perhaps indicated by a post in Conservative Home today which "reveals" the exclusive news that a senior frontbencher has told the site that, "as part of an ongoing review of economic policy, higher green taxation is very unlikely to feature in the next Conservative manifesto."
I doubt that: I think that the political clases know precisely what is coming. But technically, ConservtiveHome are right: those taxes won't be in the Tory Manifesto—but the Tories know that they are coming anyway.
If ConservativeHome weren't such a collection of fucking dyed-blue, meglomaniac morons, they would realise that this is just a sleight of hand by Dave "Spam" Cameron and his Merry Warriors for Social Justice.
Although, just like their Conservative masters, one suspects that the fuckwits running ConservativeHome wouldn't care even if they knew about this stuff: they don't give two fucks about truth or what's right for the people of this country, they just want their side in power.
I suppose it's too much to ask that Tim Montgomerie gets it into his head to go on a great Crusade and dies of dysentry in Palastine? And is there any danger that "Call Me" Dave might bugger off back to his glacier and fucking stay there?
Fucking hell, can we leave yet?