This is refreshing! The BBC is actually doing its job and checking government ministers’ claims against the facts!
Here’s the evidence:
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tells #Marr he's been "working very closely" with the chancellor on energy prices
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 10, 2021
In fact, the rebuttal from the Treasury was far harsher than the BBC misled us to believe, if you take Sam Coates’s word for it (and I’m inclined to):
🔥Shortly after Kwasi Kwarteng says he’s engaging with Treasury over ways they can help industry, a Treasury source said:
“This is not the first time the BEIS secretary has made things up in interviews. To be crystal clear the treasury are not involved in any talks”
— Sam Coates Sky (@SamCoatesSky) October 10, 2021
Still, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth. The fact that the BBC has actually checked a minister’s claim is a huge step forward for the quality of journalism at the Corporation.
BBC fact-check Kwarteng's claim about 'talks with Sunak'.
Must be some new policy.
They never fact-checked one thing about Corbyn.
Maybe they've been on a course or something?
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) October 10, 2021
Maybe they have. This Writer went on the course before embarking on a career in professional journalism. But then, I’m not related to anybody at the BBC, which is allegedly how most of their staff are recruited these days.
It is entirely possible, though, that the BBC’s sudden zeal for facts is merely a bid to hide the extremity of the disaster that the Tories have created over the 40 years since Margaret Thatcher started privatising energy suppliers:
The *profit* margins energy companies make from the electricity & gas they supply your home with have QUADRUPLED.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) October 10, 2021
And Kwarteng? He’s not bothered. He went off to Sky (presumably avoiding Mr Coates) and had good fun chatting with Islamophobe Trevor Philips about how sick and old people can eliminate the choice between heating and eating by putting on a few extra layers of clothes…
Trevor Philips & Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng discussing on @SkyNews how we might reduce extortionate energy bills in our homes by wrapping up warmer
Welcome to Boris Johnsons “golden age”
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) October 10, 2021
… so they end up doing neither:
So it's started, advising people who can't heat their home to 'wear extra layers'. For anyone in poor health, particularly with respiratory or cardiac issues, breathing cold air is the problem, and it can only be solved by heating. Poverty causes illness.#DickensianChristmas
— Bernadette Meaden (@BernaMeaden) October 10, 2021
The whole situation is reminiscent of the early-1970s oil crisis that led to power cuts across the UK.
That was during a Conservative government, too – Edward Heath’s.
He introduced a three-day working week in order to conserve electricity – and it seems Boris Johnson’s government has brought us back to that.
Kwasi Kwarteng doesn’t rule out a three day week as a result of the energy crisis. This crisis was made in Downing Street by Boris Johnson’s failure to plan.
— Bill Esterson (@Bill_Esterson) October 10, 2021
This has been a long time coming – and some of us have been warning about it, every step of the way.
The Tories privatised the energy suppliers on the promise that prices would stay low and systems would improve, in order to stay competitive. Instead, prices quadrupled and control of the new companies was bought by foreign firms, many of them wholly-owned by the governments of EU nations.
And then the UK left the EU, annoying those governments.
And now we are facing the threat of being deprived of our power supply.
It would not be possible if the UK had retained control of its own energy supply. But that’s another truth you won’t hear from Kwasi Kwarteng.
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