Darling, it’s time for a divorce.


Alistair Darling, the UK chancellor, produced his first full budget to the house yesterday. Here’s the ‘environment summary’ from the BBC;

• Laws will be introduced by 2009 to tax plastic bags if shops do not do more to charge for their use.

• £26m to help make homes greener.

• New non-domestic buildings to become zero-carbon from 2019.

• The government is asking the European Commission for tougher targets on car fuel emissions

• Consideration is being given to raising the UK target for emissions cuts to 80% by 2050.

• From 2009, major reform of the vehicle excise duty. For new cars from 2010, the lowest-polluting cars will pay no road tax in the first year, with the highest-polluting cars paying £950.

Pathetic really. The people want a divorce Darling!

Let’s have some real commitment. Without government tax incentives and other important instruments certain industries such as small scale renewables will continue to suffer. £26m to make homes greener …. that’s an insult.

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9 Responses to Darling, it’s time for a divorce.

  1. earthpal says:

    Ditto Matt. I want a divorce too.

    You know, this was meant to be Labour’s Greenest budget yet! Darling himself said that tackling global warming was our greatest obligation to future generations but still, the persist with their illogical airport expansion policies.

  2. matt says:

    > … was meant to be Labour’s Greenest budget yet!

    Was it?! Pig just flew past my luxury condominium.

  3. the Grit says:

    Hi y’all,

    Count your lucky stars. A tax on plastic bags and $2,000 on SUV’s would cause armed revolts over here, except in California of course. Perhaps that’s why your Government won’t let you have guns?

    the Grit

  4. matt says:

    They’re letting the kids get guns (or at least not doing enough to stop them) and the results are plain to see.

  5. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    Which kids? I trust you mean the ones in the UK, and if so, I’d love to hear more about it.

    the Grit

  6. matt says:

    UK kids. We have something called postcode gangs which is basically school boys and older drop-outs hanging out together. Girl gangs exist too in bigger cities. Read LA influences here. Add to that a ‘gun-to-hire’ problem and you end up with rocketing gun crime in places like London, at least relative to what we’re used to (26 young persons killed in London last year).

    Violence in general in our society is on the increase. There have been too many cases lately of fathers in their 40s & 50s going outside their house to sort out a disturbance only to have themselves killed by a drunken gang of youths.

    We here like to blame the US for all our social ills. The winds do blow predominantly from the west after all. 🙂

  7. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    Thanks. As to blame, while I’m sure part of the problem can be credited to our entertainment industry which continues to glorify the gangster lifestyle, your Government also has to claim its share for keeping the pound at a high value relative to the dollar, which makes guns more affordable to your crop of delinquents. Oh, and if you need some more, I believe we are having a sale on them at the moment and are willing to pay the shipping costs and hand out huge discounts for buying in bulk in order to move the merchandise. I would also point out that the EU has a finger in the pie as well, seeing as how, at least over here, the Glock is the prestige weapon for gang members, and EU trade and travel rules make it easier to get them into the UK. 😉

    Seriously, gangs and their associated violence are something that I find difficult to understand. Way back when I was young, most every male at our high school had at least one gun, which we frequently left in our cars in the school parking lot so as to get in a bit of hunting on the way home, but it never crossed our minds to settle disputes with them. Heck, we didn’t even consider it acceptable to kick someone in a fight, let alone shoot them!

    the Grit

  8. matt says:

    Yeah well, the world has gone mad!

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