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The State We’re In Pt II

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Eventually, Johnson was forced out of 10 Downing Street through his own incompetence, dishonesty and corruption. For the first time in history a prime minister was caught breaking the law while 57 government senior, middle and junior ministers resigned over a 48-hour period. Johnson’s incompetence as Foreign Minister also led to an innocent tourist spending additional years incarcerated in Iran.

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While the crocodile tears of Tory MPs continue over Johnson’s forced departure, a new leader has emerged. Liz Truss has just won one of the smallest majorities ever in becoming the country’s new prime minister. She is the 4th conservative leader in 6 years and in my estimation may not be the last before the next election arrives in 2024. Surrounded by most of the ministers responsible for the critical state of the country, making the most unrealistic promises, while having already created a worsening relationship with our most important trading partner (the EU), the country is guaranteed to hit the most serious economic and social crisis. It is vital that a general election should be held sooner than later and that a genuinely new start can be embarked on. It is also of prime importance that the UK adopts a fairer and more representative proportional election system, while allowing Scotland to hold its Independence referendum.

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The Labour leader must, as a priority, promise to negotiate joining the EU Single Market and Customs Union as have the Liberal Democrat party - a key component in the country’s economic recovery process. In the dire situation Great Britain now faces, fence-sitting is unacceptable, and the country needs to know that this devastating 13 years of Conservative rule is at an end and a new beginning will begin to solve the overwhelming number of major problems the country, its institutions and its people are facing.

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The news broadcasts are full of the substantial rise in consumer and business energy costs, however, a key aspect has been overlooked. To pay a personal energy bill requires income calculated at the net level after paying income tax and national insurance. For example, to pay a monthly bill of £200 one would have to earn around 20% more, say £240. The same would apply to business in that they would have to generate sales less other expenses, and critically without the help of the consumer price cap. The situation is therefore more serious than at first appears. At the same time oil and gas extraction companies’ costs remain fairly static while the profit made, currently dictated by world commodity prices, rise exponentially at record and unplanned levels, which is why windfall taxes should continue to be imposed. Despite the expansion of cheaper renewable energy companies are charging at gas prices - the higher level - instead of deducting the savings from renewable generation where gas is not involved in the process.

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Climate Change is the biggest challenge of all. Truss & Co seem to be facing in the opposite direction of experts and the population. Advising on how to save domestic and commercial energy consumption, developing a home insulation strategy, hastening the development of onshore renewable energy generation and legislating for the inclusion of energy conservation in all new builds are all key elements in combating climate change and energy conservation. Rather, Truss & Co want to maximise the extraction more fossil fuels and even encourage Fracking which on this small island nation is not viable or safe (in comparison with the vastness of the USA). To-date, the government’s strategy and action are notable for their absence.

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