I am sure that all Members are here today for the same reason: our constituents are struggling with the excruciating price of fuel. I will explore three practical points that might help, if the Government will allow me. The first relates to supply and the other two to upward price distortions that I believe could be removed or alleviated.

Read the rest via House of Commons Hansard Debates for 19 Oct 2011 (pt 0003). I called for a shale gas revolution, the reconsideration – following the EU Commission’s remarks – of our aggressive decarbonisation policies and consideration of the monetary factors which affect energy prices (see here for example).


  1. Poor Helicopter Ben. I cannot believe you mention him and not our good old Merv, who is delivering inflation much more effectively. Bernanke looks across the Atlantic and is jealous.