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Steve Baker MP has just earned himself some free-thinker points by (a) joining Benny Peiser at the Global Warming Policy Foundation and (b) warning the government that we are not going to take kindly to replacing all our nice cheap and efficient gas appliances with expensive and not very effective heat pumps.

Perhaps the government will think that we will all be so relieved to have survived the Great Covid Catastrophe and so grateful for their splendid management of the lockdowns that kept us all safe (not to mention the fantastic purchase at government expense of innumerable unapproved experimental vaccine shots to keep us all safe into the future) that we will be only too happy to oblige their obsession with net zero even when it means power poverty for most of us.

Still, perhaps when we are all on basic income and have to demonstrate our subjugation by waving a vaccine passport at the entrance to every supermarket in order to see if they've received any stock this week from the government's National Cornucopia and Distribution Centre, the price of effective heating in a world where more or less everything has become unaffordable may be the least of our worries.

Bloomberg Green (yes, really!) has the story.