I have to admit that during the leadership election campaign Jeremy Corbyn impressed me. He swept the Blairite robots aside in a landslide victory that opens a new (or is it an old?) chapter in British politics. And Monday evening I saw an interview with his newly appointed shadow chancellor, the reviled (in New labour) John McDonnell. He too came over as a very intelligent, thinking man. These two, with a single stroke of the brush, appear to have swept aside the catatonic, sound bite based, politically correct, and fundamentally dishonest Blairite era and New Labour with it. For doing that I am grateful. But I was in danger of being seduced.
Then today this link fell into my mail box. Publicly, Corbyn has not been too vocal on energy and environment issues, but this article he published on 7 August shows him to be Squeaky Green and espousing technically and economically unworkable Green energy policies. No real surprise there!
Britain providing international leadership on climate change and the socialisation of our energy supply leading an end to the era of fossil fuels
A modern, green, resource-efficient economy – creating 1 million new climate jobs
Ensuring everyone has access to a decent home that is low-carbon and affordable to keep warm
Putting people and planet first – tackling the cost of living and climate crisis together
Cleaner air – tackling the air pollution crisis in our big cities and committing to full independent public inquiry into levels of air pollution.
Protecting our ecosystems, wildlife habitats and a compassionate approach to animal welfare
An international approach – support internationally agreed, universal standards of regulation of emissions and pollution.
A healthy, safe, environment, where people and nature thrive together
Now to be clear, I am in favour of energy efficient and comfortable homes, I am in favour clean air (where I stay on the wind swept slopes of Scotland that is never a problem) and I am in favour of protecting ecosystems and wildlife. But ending the era of fossil fuels, creating 1 million climate jobs and tackling the cost of living and climate crisis together – the man is in economic and energy La La Land.
Resiliance carry this quote from the Ecologist:
We need a renewable energy revolution, an end to fracking, no new nuclear power, efficient homes, and the break up of our energy cartels, writes Jeremy Corbyn, All that, and strong protection for wildlife and oceans, no TTIP trade deal with the US, clean air to breathe, and massive investment in public transport. Is there anything not to like?
While Labour under Corbyn only ever had a slim chance of winning power in the 2020 General Election, with an energy policy like this that chance must now have reduced to zero.
Main references linked above:
Resilience: Jeremy Corbyn: the green Britain I want to build
Jeremy Corbyn: Winning with a greener future
Jeremy Corbyn: Protecting Our Planet