Agri-businesses and landowners across the UK mainland – along with the rest of the British energy industry – are keeping a keen (and green) eye on the Hard Brexit Coalition talks furtively being held between English Tory and Irish Unionist MPs.
Arlene Foster, who is head of the DUP in N. Ireland, is perhaps most famous for her monumental bungle in pumping out some £500 million in RHI subsidies to farmers for ‘heating’ barns that often didn’t exist except in the fraudulent subsidy application forms she approved in her previous job as Environment minister in the N. Ireland Assembly.
The N. Irish RHI scandal certainly made the rest of the sector go ‘green’ – with envy, if not rage.
(On a less frivolous note, it also caused the break-up of the power-sharing agreement in the Belfast assembly between Foster’s DUP and Sinn Fein, then led by the (late) Martin McGuinness)
Meanwhile, as the energy industry – along with the rest of the economy – continues to ponder who actually won the British parliament election last week – newly-re-elected MP Ed Davey has helpfully provided the following insight into the suitability of Tory Hard Brexiteer Michael Gove for his new job as UK climate-change minister.
Sir Ed – who was formerly the Liberal Energy Minister in the last Tory-coalition government – told the Guardian:
“To say that the Gove pulse is unlikely to race too much faster over environmental concerns would, from my experience of working with him, be an understatement.
“He <Michael Gove> probably regards global warming as an excuse to reduce winter fuel payments.
“Putting Michael Gove in charge of the Department of the Environment is much like putting a wolf in charge of the chicken coop.