Letter Gary Smith GMB – It is, of course, now more than two years since Scottish politicians missed their legally binding duty of ending fuel poverty. As autumn approaches, the reality is that, even without new attempts to rip out our gas boilers, more and more Scots are going to be choosing between heating and eating. No one denies the importance of responding seriously and soberly to the climate challenge with credible solutions but whether this particular policy proves to be either popular or effective will be a matter for government ministers rather than the Kirk. It is unlikely to be a winner with gas workers, 5,000 of whom working for British Gas right now are face the pressing issue of redundancy. But, it will have been music to the ears of the big energy companies who are happy to pocket the renewables subsidies that inevitably follow when energy policy is driven by the well-meaning rather than the well informed. Hopefully, if we are to avoid our homes becoming as cold as a draughty pew, then the rush to virtue-signal on energy policy will be resisted by the Scottish Government.
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