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Essays by Eric Worrall

Prime Minister Risha Sunak’s sabotage of cheaper gas by immediately reimposing the ban on fracking after taking office shows, in my view, a callous indifference to the suffering of ordinary Britons.

Sales of deep fryers and slippers are on the rise as Britain looks to cut energy consumption

Market research shows consumers are quickly bracing for unaffordable electricity bills despite a mild autumn

Sarah Butler @whatbutlersaw
Fri 28 Oct 2022 4pm AEDT

Sales of deep fryers, slow cookers, microwave ovens and electric blankets are soaring as households facing unaffordable energy bills look for ways to cut down on energy consumption.

Air fryers – a small tabletop convection oven that uses less electricity than a regular stove – are in huge demand, with sales in September four times higher than in the same month last year, according to research firm GfK. So are electric pots such as pressure cookers, rice cookers, slow cookers or multi-cookers, which can perform all three functions, and sales have increased by 80%.

GfK reported that 216% more electric blankets were sold this September as households looked for less expensive ways to keep warm and cook – the two most energy-intensive needs in the home.

Demand is such that some popular fryer models, such as the Ninja, are sold out. Asda said sales of its deep fryers were up 320% on last year, while sales of slow cookers more than doubled and fan heaters were up 90% on last September.

The Civic Council reported that its advisers had been informed people are turning off fridges and freezers, doing laundry by hand and skipping meals to cut energy costs.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/oct/28/air-fryer-and-slipper-sales-surge-as-uk-strives-to-reduce-energy-use

In the last leadership election a few weeks ago, which was won by Liz Truss, MPs favored Risha Sunak, but Liz Truss won the support of members of the British Conservative Party.

Angered by Truss’s victory, MPs rebelled against Truss and Liz Truss’ attempts to water down the Conservative Party’s pro-green energy agenda by deregulating Britain’s energy market. Truss was forced to resign.

Conservative MPs then apparently decided not to give Conservative Party supporters a second chance to vote against their chosen candidate, so they bypassed the procedural need for a member’s vote, ensuring that Rishi became the sole candidate.

One of Rishi Sunak’s first acts as prime minister was to reinstate the long-standing ban on frackingwhich his predecessor, Prime Minister Liz Truss, tried to reverse.

I predict that the British Conservatives will be destroyed at the ballot box at the next election if they continue to show such contempt for the concerns of ordinary people. While the other major parties are currently offering more of the same, by the next election voters will be desperate to signal the need for change.

Unfortunately, the next election will not be held until early 2025. British voters will likely have to sit through two more years of energy policy hell under Rishi Sunak before they get a chance to deliver their verdict on the British Conservative government’s decade of gross energy mismanagement.