Good God! Is Britain Really Going to Jail People Who Disagree With Net Zero?
By LOIS PERRY
A piece of legislation snuck quietly through Parliament yesterday. If we don’t fight it you might very well face jail time for non-compliance with new zero diktats on your home, writes Lois Perry.
Back to work after the Summer recess, the UK Government introduced legislation related to net zero measures, which has set off major alarm bells amongst lovers of freedom across the country.
Many are questioning the necessity and feasibility of the draconian net zero measures contained in the flagship Energy Bill which cleared the Commons at the third reading yesterday, and they’re rightly worried property owners facing criminal charges for opposing them.
In fact, under this new legislation, those who fail to adhere to energy consumption regulations could face imprisonment for up to a year and fines of up to £15,000.
Prosecutions may also occur for providing false information about energy efficiency or obstructing enforcement authorities.
Most shockingly, the legislation provides for “the creation of criminal offences” where there is “non-compliance with a requirement imposed by or under energy performance regulations”.
It seems the net zero row back from Starmer and Sunak due to public dissatisfaction with the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) at the recent byelection was little more than a feint.
The proposed legislation grants the Government (and it could be either party given the election next year) the power to create new criminal offences and increase penalties in pursuit of their net-zero globalist goals.
Critics argue that this move starkly contradicts the will of the British people and fortunately has sparked a high degree of opposition from some members of the Conservative Party.
The Government’s ‘get out of jail’ card is that they do not intend to create new criminal offences but may simply need to amend existing laws, particularly those stemming from EU legislation like the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations, which includes Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
These amendments aim to provide stakeholders, including landlords, businesses, and tenants, with information to make informed decisions regarding energy efficiency.
However, there are very real concerns that these amendments could lead to the criminalisation of individuals who do not comply with the new energy rules.
It’s this pandemic-style shift in power dynamics – this time using the Climate rather than Covid – which is the source of worry for many.
To address these concerns, it is vital for the electorate to communicate their views loud and clear to their Members of Parliament.
It’s crucial to ensure that the criminalisation of energy use without public consent does not become a reality.
My organisation CAR26 conducted YouGov polls in October 2021 and February 2022, which revealed in both instances, that a significant proportion of the British public supports the idea of a net zero referendum. In fact the numbers supporting a referendum went up the second time around.
This suggests that there is a desire for a more inclusive and democratic approach to shaping these policies.
Before turning the questioning of net zero into a criminal offence, the Government should consider conducting a thorough review and hold a referendum to gauge public opinion.
This would help ensure that the policies align with public sentiment and garner broader support. After all, our elected representatives always argue they work for you.
If a referendum is not pursued (both Boris and now Rishi ruled it out so don’t hold your breath) it is essential to demand clear assurances from the Government that they will not enforce net zero targets without explicitly outlining them in an election party manifesto.
The issue of net zero has become a significant point of contention in the UK.
It is essential to engage in open and democratic discussions about the path forward to ensure that these policies reflect the will of the people and do not undermine fundamental democratic principles.