我们现在需要激进的思维来解决能源紧急情况并拯救英国人免于毁灭

Thinking caps

AT last there is serious talk of limiting the soaring energy price cap, following weeks of ever-worsening predictions of unaffordable fuel bills and vague promises of handouts.

The Treasury is working up plans to cut the proposed price cap increase by at least £400 with a government-backed lending scheme for energy suppliers.

We need more radical thinking now for the new energy price emergency

We need more radical thinking now for the new energy price emergency信用: 盖蒂

Meanwhile industry leaders have proposed their own more radical plan to keep the 价格上限 at its current level for two years, in return for access to loans to meet the cost.

Even missing Keir Starmer has finally broken cover and come up with a suggestion for freezing the price cap and milking the gas and oil giants’ record profits to pay for it.

Labour’s “fully-costed” plan sounds anything but. 尽管如此, it is worth looking at.

Because given the scale of the 危机, nothing should be off the table.

There are no easy remedies, but at the start of the Covid pandemic the outlook was similarly apocalyptic and huge resources were concentrated on a solution.

The result was a world-beating 疫苗 in record time.

We need more radical thinking now for the new emergency.

Hard-working householders having nightmares about frankly terrifying 能源账单 won’t care who comes up with an idea that saves them from ruin.

Save the cash

WE’RE only halfway through August and already the number of migrants making the dangerous Channel crossing in small boats is nearly double the number last year.

多于 1,000 arrived in the past few days, taking advantage of the hot, calm weather.

The number of migrants making the dangerous Channel crossing in small boats is nearly double the number last year

The number of migrants making the dangerous Channel crossing in small boats is nearly double the number last year信用: 盖蒂图片社 – 盖蒂

But don’t think for a second the smugglers will halt their wicked operation when the 天气 deteriorates.

ruthless criminals are getting far too rich to care about the safety of customers paying them thousands.

Now ministers are working on giving 法国 a new multi-million pound package to help disrupt the trade.

They shouldn’t bother.

The French just pocket our cash and laugh at our expense as they watch the boats leaving.

Splash floods

THANK God for the impending rain…well almost.

We’ve had weeks of complaints about the scorching hot weatherlack of rain reducing our green and pleasant land to a parched tinderbox.

The heatwave has led to our green and pleasant land being reduced to a parched tinderbox

The heatwave has led to our green and pleasant land being reduced to a parched tinderbox信用: 雷克斯

Now we are finally set for some rain and, 当然, the imminent 雷暴 threaten to bring power cuts and flash flooding, but will do little to end the drought.

At least it will continue to feed our national obsession with moaning about the weather.

It never rains but it pours.