Under cover of Leveson, the government has published its appalling Energy Bill. (Quite how successful a piece of news management this was can be gauged by the fact that it received not a single mention in the Mail (normally hostile to greenery) which devoted its entire news section - 14 pages - to his Lordship and Sgt Nightingale.)
The major elements of this Bill - the ill-conceived 'Energy Market Reforms' - had been around for a long time. But nothing had really prepared us for the scale of dirigiste powers the government is proposing to award itself.
Ordinarily I would consider it part of the service to have digested it for C@W readers. I may get around to doing this but for now you'll have to forgive me because (a) it's a monster, full of technical stuff, and (b) it makes me gag. I note that other energy-covering blogs have mostly also failed to come up with detailed instant commentary: let's see what folk come up with in the coming days.
For today let me simply say this: the scale of shameless heavy-duty interventionism envisaged by the authors of this loathsome Bill is such that they are effectively re-nationalising the electricity industry. (Needless to say this will be done at enormous cost to consumers.) Is there not one in government who believes in the free market ?