UK ought to stop running scared of eco-warriors and give fracking green light

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THE Government’s refusal to give the shale gas industry the green light is a woeful failure of leadership.

Rather than backing a new technology which could revolutionise parts of the UK economy and provide us with true energy security, lily-livered ministers including Business Secretary Greg Clark have run scared from eco-warriors on social media.

 Fracking is a technology that could bring us much-needed energy security and jobs

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Fracking is a technology that could bring us much-needed energy security and jobs

It is madness.

Getting shale gas working could provide jobs in regions of the UK that need it most, would provide a massive boost to Treasury coffers and offer us a reliable source of energy as we develop genuinely affordable renewables.

The Government must relax the absurdly low “tremor limits” which are far below anything seen in the States — where fracking has reduced energy prices and boosted industry.

There is huge economic potential sitting under our very feet, and the Government is refusing to tap into it.

Of course fracking has to be safe. It’s why we have rigorous safety standards. But we are in danger of going overboard.

The Tories must shake themselves out of their paralysis, and find a backbone.

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Act on Green

THE police appear to be missing in action in the case of odious “Sir” Philip Green.

They usually can’t wait to jump into action when they can get an easy headline, nor do they spare any effort in virtue-signalling PR operations.

 There's hardly a dickie bird after the latest revelations in the case of the odious 'Sir' Philip Green

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There’s hardly a dickie bird after the latest revelations in the case of the odious ‘Sir’ Philip Green

And yet after the Telegraph has revealed lurid allegations about his conduct and serious questions about cover-ups, there’s hardly a dickie bird.

The Government, too, must act.

They have been shown in black and white how the rich and powerful continue to abuse expensive gagging orders to keep shameful behaviour private – no matter the public interest. Ministers offer warm words on changes to come.

But it’s time for a little more action, and a little less conversation.

Jez joke’s over

A DAMNING new book reveals the man his followers call “JC” is certainly no messiah.

We know Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are potty, potentially leading us to a similar economic ruin to that inflicted on long-suffering Venezuelans.

 Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are potty, but it's his personality that truly condemns him - he's not up to the top job
Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are potty, but it’s his personality that truly condemns him – he’s not up to the top job

But it’s his personality that truly condemns him.

He is not up to the job of leading Britain.

Bleating Beeb

SPARE us the Beeb’s bleating about how hard it’ll be to continue dishing out free licences for the over-75s.

The giveaway was a Gordon Brown electoral bribe and it is simply too much for the taxpayer to continue funding.

 The taxpayer cannot continue funding over-75s free licences - a Gordon Brown electoral bribe

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The taxpayer cannot continue funding over-75s free licences – a Gordon Brown electoral bribe

If the BBC want to keep it free, the cash should come from their own bloated empire.





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