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Energy, just like old times - Josh 205


It's an all-out media war against the Green Energy Lobby says The GWPF

Excellent, carry on!

Cartoons by Josh

(and spelling corrected, thank you!)


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is this energy rationing an updated version of the deliberate famines created by Stalin?

Feb 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered Commenterdiogenes

Imagine how cold it would be, if it wasn't for Global Warming.

Feb 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

Britain is spelled wrong! I love the cartoon but can it be corrected??

Feb 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichieP

Would that be the same media that so enthusiastically backed the myth and the dopey solutions?


Feb 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJC


Yes it would, but if the tide is at long last changing then that is to be welcomed.

Quite a wide spectrum of press is carrying these stories so this will help wake up Joe Public to what is on the cards and why energy bills are increasing. When the ordinary public are struggling to make ends meet, they wuill not welcome news that wealthy landowners (and MPs) are benefitting from generous subsidies and so called green policies.

Now that the Uk has lost its coveted AAA rating, if Osbourne was really bold, he would repeal the Climate Change Act, the money that this would save would allow real injection into the economy and puttimg many hundreds of pounds (if not perhaps a thousand) in the pocket of consumers by removing all green charges from energy bills would help a consumer led recovery. Roll out the exploration and extraction of shale gas. Now that would be worth investing in and could help reallign the UK economy by providing inductry with a competitive edge.

Feb 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM | Unregistered Commenterrichard Verney

My own feeling is that we are finished. These plans, and Yeo's new amendment to the Energy Bill (likely to carry) will destroy our nation as a modern society. Cameron is entirely in support, after all, his family benefits too. We are run by insane, greedy thieves and liars.

‘Even without the amendment, the long-term consequences of the Bill will be horrible,’ said Professor Gordon Hughes of Edinburgh University, one of Britain’s leading experts on energy economics. He issued a strong warning the ‘surreal’ amendment could spell the end of British industry. ‘It’s a recipe for deindustrialisation,’ he said.
Prof Hughes thinks the choice is stark: ‘Either we get rid of this obsession, or we give away our future to the rest of the world. The question is whether we’re serious about our economic future or not.’

But for supporters of the amendment, cutting Britain’s carbon dioxide production is more vital.'

Feb 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichieP

Thank you for the change Josh!

Feb 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichieP

Now, that's just nasty!

I love it.

Feb 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterJon Jermey

Nice one Josh, thanks.

I've seen an almost identical cartoon in one of my father's books. The caption was different. On the left, black cat in a coal shed winter 1939. On the right, black cat in a coal shed winter 1947.

Nearly seventy years down the track we are back to post-war austerity. Ration books, food queues and powdered eggs anyone? And we've managed ourselves into this situation in peace time. Brilliant

Feb 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM | Registered CommenterHector Pascal

Remember Mao's Great Leap Forward? A foolish ideology forcing people to live in a prescribed way to dramatically improve the country ended up with millions of people eating bark (the lucky ones) and millions more dying.

Cameron's Great Leap Forward is a foolish ideology forcing people to live in a prescribed way to dramatically improve the country, and who knows what the consequences will be.

The arrogant never learn.

Feb 25, 2013 at 12:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

The blackouts are really considered a feature, not a bug, of the new energy policy. They will literally force the society to change, and repent its evil ways.</sarc>

It will be interesting to see how all the stay-at-home spouses (of whatever sexual orientation) react, when their working half is forced to stay home, with the children, because the office/factory/shop/school where they work is dark. And there is nothing for the family to do but sit around an talk to one another.

I guess it is a good thing that there are not many guns in the hands of the populace in Britain...

Feb 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterrxc

Draw the truth does Josh and I'm not joking.

Feb 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

Jon Jermey,

It's not nasty enough. Bring out the big guns, Josh!

Feb 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

I don't know what lit the fire under the media to come out like this against green policy, but I sure to heck hope they keep at it.

Brilliant cartoon, too, Josh. Perfect.

Feb 25, 2013 at 1:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterA.D. Everard

I used to get quite nostalgic about the miners strikes and power-cuts during the 1970's. As a child it was quite exciting to sit in the darkness and play Monopoly by candle light with our parents. It was the only time I ever recall them playing it with us.

I am rather less nostalgic about having to take very shallow baths because it was much too expensive for our parents to allow us to use as much hot water as we liked. On a recent BBC have-your-say article there were some comments that appeared to be quite serious in their conviction that people don’t need to wash so frequently in hot water. Perhaps they consider insufficient cold showers to be a sign of degeneracy and low moral fibre.

Yet last year, the BBC posted an article describing the effects of power-cuts in India.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the BBC's Indian reporters were only able to put their views across at all because the story was not filed under "environment". As far as the BBC in the UK is concerned, Environment only appears to begin or end at the front door. Inside the walls perhaps warmth is just thought of as an “Islington-Ambiance.”

Feb 25, 2013 at 5:13 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Here is the list of the Bill amendments:

'No 14' specifically will mean that the carbon targets are in future set (definitively) by 'The Climate Change Committee' - guess who runs that at the moment.

Feb 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Great cartoon. It should be posted everywhere to spark the interest and curiosity of those unaware of what is going on.

Still no mention of Pachauri's comments or the new record low temperature set in Siberia on the BBC's Science/Environment page. Also, none of the current stories there allow comments...strange.

Feb 25, 2013 at 8:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Jones

Richard Vaney,

The problem is somehow bankrupt UK has to find the money to pay SIX MILLION* public servants...which isn't bad for a population of just over sixty million people!


* total is according to the BBC.

Feb 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

Many newspapers are turning against the incredibly stupid green policies pursued by our government and its masters in Brussels, but not by the German, French and some other EU governments which, whether because of common sense, patriotism, or the desire to be re-elected, realise that they have to make sure that their countries do have secure energy supplies.

Unfortunately British politicians, now that they have lost their fear of Rupert Murdoch, seem to think that the Guardian and the BBC are the only media that count. Is there anyone of influence in either the Guardian or the BBC who realises that it is important to have reliable and affordable energy supplies? The only person I can think of off hand is Jeremy Clarkson but he would be regarded as simply trying to entertain the public by being deliberately provocative and so he would not actually have any influence.

It would be better if Jeremy Paxman were to give government ministers a real grilling about energy policy but that does not seem very likely either.

Feb 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Let them burn cake, Josh.

Feb 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

Brilliant, Josh. I'd be interested to know if Private Eye would be brave enough to run it...

Feb 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

Good one there a hidden meaning in the connection between the "T" of blackouT and the N of BritaiN where the T joins the N...or am I still looking for "Reds under the beds"?


Feb 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

"Someday, son, all this will be yours!"
"What, the curtains?..."
-- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Feb 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM | Unregistered Commentermojo

In medieval times, we commoners had rights of turbary (cutting sods and peat) and estovers (collecting wood).

Feb 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterSleepalot

@Sir Sleepalot of the Lake

In medieval times, we commoners had rights of turbary (cutting sods and peat) and estovers (collecting wood).

I think you will have to skip the peat ...

Feb 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM | Unregistered Commentergraphicconception

@Richard Vaney

Six million! Surely not! I did a quick look-see for the U.S. Total of state and federal employment was 6.63 million in 2011, in a country of 310.5 million as of that year.

Feb 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterD. J. Hawkins

James P :" I'd be interested to know if Private Eye would be brave enough to run it..."
Feb 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Private Eye is a fully paid up member of the alarmist persuasion. Lost its bottle and its mojo a long time ago and Hislop is a creature of the cause. Try Guido Fawkes instead.

Feb 26, 2013 at 12:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterRichieP

Burn BTU-laden bunnies:

Feb 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

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