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Unlike Spud

The first is to, supposedly, use UK oil and gas as we transition to sustainability.

That, however, makes little sense when all the oil and gas produced will be traded in international markets, so at best, the aim of the exercise is to support the pound as we transition to sustainability, which is a lot more pragmatic and much less strategic, and considerably more uncertain as an outcome.

If it’s produced here then out government gets the mineral royalties. If it’s produced somewhere else then some other government does. But apparently the tax expert doesn’t know this.

Odd, no?

16 thoughts on “Unlike Spud”

  1. Candidly, it never makes sense to dig your own coal, drill your own oil, or chop your own wood, because these commodities simply get sold on “international markets”.

    Unlike imported American woodchip and Chinese turbines.

    Ritchie must be correct, because the Conservative government agrees with him 100% and we’ve been reliably informed that the only possible reason why we might not like being looted by Indian billionaires and their white punkahwallahs is racism.

  2. Isn’t it a good thing our ‘clean’, homegrown, dirt cheap, ‘green’ wind and solar electricity isn’t traded in international markets, otherwise we’d be paying through the nose for it. Oh……..

  3. Wouldn’t using hydrocarbons that are already here cut down on the pollution created by moving them from abroad to here? Shouldn’t that be something that greenies champion? Ah, no, they don’t actually care about pollution.

  4. Yesterday, aptly, our modern day Guy Fawkes publishes his list of everything that’s wrong with our government and his related wants, all argued from the unassailable position of his impeccable moral principle, you understand.

    “And what else would I change? The libel laws, which are designed to prevent free speech in this country.”

    Also designed to prevent idiots from publishing unevidenced defamatory articles impugning others, on pain of awards of damages.

  5. “@Bravefart

    on pain of awards of damages.”

    And costs. Don’t forget costs…..

    “Murphy…will also pay the legal costs of the peer and two subsidiaries of BB Holdings – The Belize Bank Ltd and Belize Bank International Ltd.”

    I would imagine that Lord Ashcroft and the banks had very expensive lawyers.

  6. BF

    This was my favourite post:

    And finally, maybe you have not been to Dachau, but I have. I needed to know and understand what happened. I have written here before now about that experience and the fact that my eldest son, aged 15 when we went, came up to me having spent some time reading the history of the camp and said, “They’d have put you in here, Dad”. He was right, because as Pastor Martin Niemöller noted in a poem that has been endorsed by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust:

    First they came for the Communists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Communist
    Then they came for the Socialists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Socialist
    Then they came for the trade unionists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a trade unionist
    Then they came for the Jews
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Jew
    Then they came for me
    And there was no one left
    To speak out for me

    And that is what actually happened. So your claim about the Jews being first was also wrong, although saying so is not in any way a denial of what went on to happen to Jews, and Romany’s, disabled people and others, with the Jews undoubtedly suffering much the worst of all.

    His sympathy is overwhelming – Mark (Longrider) put in a great piece profiling the evil little turd Owen Jones. Murphy is just as evil.

  7. Having met a number of Holocaust survivorsI’d point out his historical recollection is completely awry as well. Jews were persecuted well before the other groups he mentions, and if he had even a fractional understanding of what Nazism represents then he’d know anti – semitism was the one guiding principle behind the ideology which remained consistent.

    Indeed the piece is one of the most loathsome I have seen him write. Still, nice to know he’s an anti- Semite. Should damage any credibility he has.

  8. “They’d have put you in here, Dad”. – with the potatoes love of socialism and nationalisation he’d be first in line for a nice new black uniform, shiny leather boots and leather greatcoat. His rants against bankers and various rentiers has a certain teutonic ring to it.

    In other news about a gazan ceasefire Hamas was caught trying to smuggle injured fighters out with the civilians let of Gaza. You won’t read about it in the MSM.
    I was impressed by this opinion piece -

  9. I did too Tim. I gained the impression that they were using the foreign civilians as hostages to force the Egyptians to take the fighters.

    I know how I’d react to that if I was Sisi.

  10. V_P @ 5.52, I’m surprised the Niemoller poem doesn’t include gays. Identified by wearing a pink triangle, they were apparently the lowest in the pecking order in the camps.

  11. First they came for the Communists
    Then they came for the Socialists

    First they came for Isis
    Then they came for the Taliban

  12. Re the tax expert. As a source of information, someone you know is always wrong like Mash for instance is far more reliable than someone who is often right but sometimes wrong like Our Tim. For example I have never won a sporting bet in my life so if I want my team to win I simply bet against them.

  13. How the sausage gets unmade:

    Rishi Sunak watered down proposals to deregulate North Sea oil and gas extraction after UK civil servants warned that policy suggestions from the prime minister’s office would breach international law.

    Ahead of Tuesday’s King’s Speech setting out his legislative agenda, Sunak’s aides asked officials at the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero to work on options to ramp up oil and gas extraction. They included a proposal to remove some of the requirements for environmental assessments, according to people familiar with the matter. Another was to reduce the amount of time given for a public consultation on changes to environmental regulations

    Civil servants responded to the request by warning that a radical deregulation of environmental standards would be a definitive breach of international law, the people said. They also said the UK has legal obligations to dozens of international treaties with environmental requirements.

    Though it’s not clear which plan Sunak preferred, a statement late Sunday suggests his office accepted the advice. The government’s decision to mandate annual drilling licenses — one of the options proposed by Sunak’s team — includes tests for whether more extraction would meet the UK’s environmental commitments and support the transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions

    Rishi Sunak: Greetings of the day to you sir! I am the Prime Minister of the Britain, can we do the needful and have some economic growth?

    The actual government: No, economic growth is ILLEGAL, because we have signed “dozens of international treaties” to stop British growth. You can ban vaping instead.

    Rishi Sunak: hahaha, no vaping for you gora!

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