Last week, Energy Minister Charles Hendry said in public for the first time what had thus far only been said in private – that it is UK policy to support drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.
Since when did this become UK policy? And why has the House of Commons never debated it?
Hendry told an energy conference that Arctic drilling is \”entirely legitimate\”
Newsflash for the Low Carbon Kid.
In the English system of law you\’re allowed to do anything that there isn\’t a law against.
Is there a law against drilling in Arctic waters? No.
Has there been a debate in the Commons about it? No, which is one of the reasons why there isn\’t a law against it. For if it\’s not been discussed there cannot be a law, can there?
So, drilling in Arctic waters is legitimate because there\’s no law making doing so illegitimate.
And yes, this is a very basic point about the freedoms and liberties of the English. We do not need to ask politicians for permission to do what we desire to do. We only have to be careful not to do what our elected representatives have decided we should not do.