Well, we haven't even let her go to the beach and she's rolled out a stonking package of long-overdue reviews of the burgeoning 'low-carbon' subsidy bill. Her rhetoric has been (broadly) encouraging (plus-or-minus Hinkley and the Swansea Lagoon) and her mate Osborne has whacked the subsidy-wallahs with two early hits - removal of the renewables exemption from Climate Change Levy, and of the requirement for all new-build houses to be 'carbon-neutral'.
We like this a lot!
Gratifying howls of anguish are issuing from the relevant quarters, coupled with a bit of rushing-around to see if they can get onside with the new regime. "If the government really are determined to cut emissions in the most cost effective way ... we hope to work with them on the recommendations." I'll bet you do, sunshine. It's amazing how a dose of reality and the smack of firm governmental resolve can have that effect. Just business, after all - they know the score really.
Incidentally, can I just say - oh, ye of little faith ! Because when I posted my desiderata in May, here's what some of you said in the comments (no names, no pack-drill)
- "Nobody in government will deviate from the status quo"
- "I fear that [the above comment] will be proved right"
- "Nothing will change. Ministers live in the bubble"