They would not have been thanked if any ambivalence on the part of Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, and others, had led to food shortages – and the panic buying witnessed at the outset of the Covid pandemic.
But the decision to provide temporary financial relief to Teesside-based CF Fertilisers to help them to meet their running costs buys the Government time – and little else. After all, this short-term crisis precedes the imposition of new green energy taxes that will place another burden on such businesses – especially if the global upheaval in gas prices continues.
Given this, The Yorkshire Post reiterates its call earlier this week for joined-up government to protect the national infrastructure as it faces a series of unprecedented strains as the UK’s departure from the European Union coalesces with the worldwide recovery from the Covid pandemic.
Too often, Ministers risk becoming fixated by day-to-day crises at the expense of the longer-term strategic planning, advocated by their civil servants, and a need for greater energy self-sufficiency. As such, the forthcoming COP26 climate change summit – and new-found impetus when it comes to levelling up – is a reminder about the importance of this region’s ambitious plans to place itself at the vanguard of a green energy revolution.
After all, levelling up – the empowerment of people and communities in deprived areas – can only happen if Britain has a robust infrastructure apparatus in place that includes reliable, and affordable, energy.
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