1. agricola
    September 20, 2021

    Very sensible comment throughout. We cannot avoid the accusation that Governments attitude to security of energy supply has been very casual in the extreme. One could say that the race to green has blinkered government. This combined with the besotted way that it has been left to the EU to set and control policy, even as a legacy post Brexit does not say much for the quality of our politicians or their civil servants. It just emphasises how incompetent our governance is. Await the same scenario re personal and public transport. You sow the seeds of a good hammering in 2024, but alternatives do not at present exist.

  2. The Prangwizard
    September 20, 2021

    Very nice. No-one could possibly get upset with what Sir John says.

    Just heard Kwasi Kwarteng say our gas supplies are secure but we are too dependent on fossil fuels and we must expand our renewables.

    This Tory government’s minds are rotted with greenery to the extent that they will continue along the insane path of destroying our security our economy and our health, making sure Carrie and ‘Boris’ are warm though. Do they have log burners in their country properties I wonder for back up and comfort?

    The Tory government just hopes as does Sir John that all will be well and not many people get into debt or die of cold because they can’t pay their bills. Sir John will continue his 20 years of ‘urging’ change. Clearly government takes no notice and ‘urging’ is as strong an action as he dare take.

    1. Cynic
      September 20, 2021

      There is a sound of chickens coming home to roost.

    2. Jim Whitehead
      September 21, 2021


  3. alan jutson
    September 20, 2021

    Sensible Questions, Sensible Answers, unfortunately not enough sensible people in Government.

  4. DOM
    September 20, 2021

    Not one single Tory MP has rejected climate change orthodoxy nor attacked the ideology of environmental and green politics.

    Both parties and ALL THEIR MPS are directly responsible for what we are seeing. It is not good enough to ask polite questions and still remain loyal to this odious hypocrite as PM

    We know every Tory MP does not believe in this green nonsense and yet they say they do to maintain party loyalty and so we have to pick up the cost of their double dealing. It is this nauseating double standards that we find deeply offensive and at some point the voter will recognise this abuse of their goodwill

    1. Jim Whitehead
      September 21, 2021

      DOM, +1,
      Forgive me for inattention to trivia, but was Kwasi Kwarteng one of the Ministers who didn’t lose his job. . . ?
      Wasn’t he given a Ladybird primer on energy production and use when he first took the office?
      When, Sir John, does urge give way to apoplexy?

  5. Roy Grainger
    September 20, 2021

    Interesting interview.

    Gas is a fossil fuel. It’s price is now very high for consumers some of whom can’t afford it so will have to use less. So high also that fertiliser plants that generate a lot of CO2 have shut down. And we don’t have enough domestic gas supply as we effectively banned fracking. This is all in line with government policy, every bit of it, it’s exactly in line with the way they intend to meet net zero. So why on earth are they acting as if it’s a problem ? It’s what they wanted, why aren’t they happy ? It’s a puzzle.

  6. keith bradshaw
    September 21, 2021

    BEIS allowed our gas storage at Rough to close. The decision to close was made in 2017, no doubt to make us even more dependent on the EU.
    I guess the BEIS people who made this decision are all promoted now.

  7. Duyfken
    September 21, 2021

    Excellent exposition. I hope this puts more pressure on the government to sharpen up its act, such as taking Ofgem to task and also in reopening the Rough field storage capacity.

  8. Dick Sawdon smith
    September 21, 2021

    Why did the Tory government stop fracking?

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