Not that this is in any way revelatory. It's always been the case that the Conservatives are too anally retentive to allow the market to decide anything, and the so-called Liberal Democrats are nothing but a bastard child of the cuckolded liberal tradition, fathered by sly fabianism. As for Labour, only Tony Blair would argue that they're not dyed in the wool enemies of economic liberty - and who would believe a word he says?
Let me pass on to the source of my ire. Firstly, this Graun article:
Government moves to calm carbon capture funding fears,
which links to this Graun article, from a few weeks back:
Government 'receptive' to carbon tax breaks for industry
We all know that the wheels have fallen off the global warming charabanc, but the unconscionably stupid political class are still sitting in the vehicle pretending it's moving forward, rather than spun off the road into an open sewer. What is not clear is what it will take to make the politicians wake up to reality? Are the political class sworn into some kind of Bacchanalian mystery cult? Is our economy to be offered up as a bloody sacrifice to some destructive god from the pagan past?
Perhaps I should leave such speculation, and return to the salient facts. Our government, by playing along with the ridiculous demonisation of carbon dioxide, is marching down Interventionist Boulevard straight towards the chasm of socialism (utopia awaits down below), and on that particular road, there are no turnings.
One intervention leads to another; the old woman swallows the fly; she swallows the spider to catch the fly etc. Instead of business competing in the market, they must compete for favours from the state; tax breaks and special exemptions, protectionist measures and privileges. The government is putting our economy up against the wall, but if you're lucky they might give you a bullet-proof vest - remember to say 'thank you' and puff out your chest.
We cannot afford this government. It's way too high maintenance.