Showtime!

So, in an elegant example of the dark arts of political craft Theresa May is to be Prime Minister by Wednesday evening. The Tories have always been unsentimental if not brutal in removing and installing their leaders. Not for them the hand wringing and drawn out public debates that beset the Labour Party. No, they remain the finest and best drilled exponents of political assassination on the planet. That is not to suggest for a moment that the best person has not won for she probably has and it is to the good that the uncertainty is at an end. I suspect that very early in the campaign Mrs May was taken to one side and told, "Stay aloof and don't get involved. If the vote goes against us we'll need a unity candidate and you are it." She played the part fantastically well and embarks on her premiership with the "safe and competent," badge. 

Boris was never a serious contender for the majority of MP's, except in his own mind, and they've been telling anyone who would listen so for many months. The demise of Michael Gove is regrettable because despite his earnest and sometimes severe demeanour is a genuine reformer who cares deeply about the very large sections of society who have been left behind. He has more to give. Andrea is well, we don't quite know. After being lauded as a City name people in the City have for weeks been asking each other 'who is this women, have you ever come across her?' and of course none of us had. For spicing up her CV she deserves to have fallen by the wayside rather more than for the 'mothergate,' thing. The CV episode would see a junior grad trainee uncerimoniously booted out of any reasonable firm, never mind a prospective prime minister.

So have was Crumble's choice? Actually, none of the above. I would have ticked the box for this lady, Gisela Stuart. She is of course ineligible given the rather inconvenient fact that she is a Labour MP but she rather impressed me during the campaign and I would very much enjoy the irony of having a Bavarian born prime minister taking on Mrs Merkel in exit negotiations. If the Labour party were struck by a sudden flash of sanity they would install Mrs Stuart as leader tomorrow. Now that really would worry Tory backroom fixers. 

 

Energy Bills; Who's Fault Did You Say Minister?

Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, speaks today and apparently will again verbally eviscerate the power companies.  

Just a couple of points to note Mr Davey before you mount the current political hobby horse,

Energy bills are obscenely high, we know that and we've known what's been coming for years.. We also know that a complete intellectual and political vacuum in the field of strategic power planning for twenty five years by successive governments is mostly to blame. The entire political complex is culpable thinking as you did, that you could wave through planning permissions for windmills that don't generate enough electricity to power a train set and that don't work in the cold or high winds in order to tick the green voting box; idiots. The only winners in the windmill game have been property developers, (many of whom have never even seen the land on which these monstrosities have been dumped), and wealthy farmers. All subsidised through the power companies by the beaten up citizen. You're an utter disgrace, the lot of you.

Moreover, creating uncertainty in a sector of shares in which most pension funds are invested for stability and yield is irresponsible and damages the income many of those you purport to want to help by creating an uncertain economic environment for those companies.

Power companies are not perfect but they should not be demonised. We've already seen BP in the oil sector left to the US judicial wolves over the past two years with no political top cover and the current rhetoric does Westminster absolutely no credit. 

Were it only power generation and it's cost then we might be able to muddle through. Actually, Westminster's default reaction to any problem is to go on the offensive and blame everyone else, never themselves. We will see this in other departments in years to come and defence will probably be at the front of the queue when 22 years of sequential defence cuts suddenly mean we are unable to protect our interests.

Switch On and Switch Off

Finally, there is of course an expectation that everyone has a right to a fully centrally heated house all the time. Not so. The elderly and babies need and require minimum temperatures; everyone else can take a leaf out of the Crumble Towers book of winter living; put a fleece on and turn that bloody light out. 

I suspect Michael Gove is probably the only one in government with the stones to say it given he is the only strategic thinker with moral courage in it.