Tory HQ has been hit by an IT catastrophe. All the speeches made before they got elected have been deleted from their systems. Not only their own systems, in fact, but all trace of them appears to have vanished from the web.
How are they meant to remember those green, big society pre-election promises? The party's hug a husky/hoodie days have been erased.
We can only imagine the pain this has caused for our chancellor, George Osborne, who seems to have been particularly hard hit. His enduring and powerful commitment to be the first truly green chancellor - wiped from the hard drives and web histories by some mysterious hack. He must be on the phone to the GCHQ as we speak.
Fortunately, there is no need for tears. We can help - at least a bit - because thanks to Greenpeace's Dr Doug Parr we just so happen to have a few of the chancellor's key environmental speeches on file. Here they are (links below):
But George is a busy man, so we've taken the time to go through them and highlight some key points:
George Osborne: A New Economic Model- Tuesday, February 2 2010
- We need a recovery that is sustainable environmentally, not just economically.
- I believe that this can be a huge opportunity - greening our economy can be a win-win solution.
George Osborne: A sustainable Government; a sustainable economy November 24 2009
- Under a Conservative government, the Treasury will no longer be the cuckoo in the nest when it comes to climate change. If I become Chancellor, the Treasury will become a green ally, not a foe.
- The Treasury needs to be at the heart of this historic fight against climate change. If we form the next government, it will.
- We need to see the whole of the government pulling in the same direction to cut emissions and green our economy. Quite frankly, when it comes to environmental policy the Treasury has often been at best indifferent, and at worst obstructive.
- I want a Conservative Treasury to be in the lead of developing the low carbon economy and financing a green recovery.
- For I see in this green recovery not just the fight against climate change, but the fight for jobs, the fight for new industry, the fight for lower family energy bills and the fight for less wasteful government.
- As the Stern Review stated, it is a significant benefit of green taxes that they "can be kept stable, and thus do not risk fluctuations in the marginal costs that could increase the total costs of mitigation policy."
George Osborne: Speech to the Green Alliance- July 10 2008
- The fight against climate change is one of the greatest challenges my generation faces... we will not shrink from that fight.
- As David Cameron put it in his speech on the environment last month, these pressures mean we cannot afford not to go green.
- Are people right to say, as they increasingly do: “Well green taxes are fine in theory, but in practice there’s no public tolerance for them?”
- As the Stern Review made clear, one of the key advantages of environmental taxes is that they “can be kept stable, and thus do not risk fluctuations in the marginal costs that could increase the total costs of mitigation policy".
- A stable carbon price helps individuals and businesses to factor environmental costs into medium and long term decisions about investments and changes in behaviour.
- As leading green academic Professor Paul Ekins has rightly pointed out, this type of green tax switch might be termed a “win-win-win” outcome.