03 Oct '11, 5pm

Ruth, our policy advisor, reports from #cpc11 where Osborne's speech relied on dogma not evidence about green issues

George Osborne's speech to the Conservative Party Conference today hit a lot of bases. It was childishly boastful, claiming victory for his department earlier in the year in a row over higher UK climate targets, when in fact he and his officials were very publicly overruled by David Cameron. It was embarassingly inaccurate, contradicting the government's own analysis that hikes in fossil fuel prices, and not green policies, were to blame for recent rises in energy bills. But above all, it was willfully ignorant - it was a speech in which dogma replaced evidence, and a rag-bag of vulgar prejudices was offered up in place of a credible policy on economic recovery. Unfortunately, this is becoming a familiar pattern of coalition policy making, as the same Treasury officials who brought you the banking crisis, spell out their own unique recipe for increased growth. There is no ...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/tory-conference...

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