He really is pulling out all the stops. For starters, he is honest enough to mention his primary consideration:
"It’s an important amendment because it will reassure investors"Then, we read him claiming that the lights will go out unless his target is introduced !
"There will be a hiatus among investors", said Mr Yeo. "The result of that in the short term is to make the risk of power cuts much greater"We could amuse ourselves trying to rationalise this sophistry; but one gets quickly distracted by loud barrel-scraping sounds as he dredges up still more fatuous arguments - like this:
"If parliament fails to set the electricity system on a low carbon pathway by 2030 ... the anticipated carbon benefits of HS2 would evaporate"Not to mention HS2 grinding to a halt when the power-cuts hit ! What other cherished coalition policies will also fail if he doesn't get his
- It will cause the lights to flicker in the offices of bankers around the country, placing more obstacles in the way of SMEs seeking loans
- Ditto in the offices of MI5 and GCHQ, making it harder for Teresa May to snoop on terrorists using Facebook for evil purposes (that's evil terrorists of course, not evil Teresa)
- It will be yet another injustice to gays, who only want to use the same electricity as the rest of us
UPDATE: Bid to include target to decarbonise the UK's electricity generation by 2030 is voted down by 290 votes to 267. Go Yeo !