Janice Atkinson for The Daily Mail
3rd February 2012
Who is Ed Davey? Will Chris Huhne’s replacement as Secretary for Energy and Climate Change continue his predecessor’s relentless pursuit of taxpayers to fund wind farms? The British taxpayer hopes not.
On paper Davey seems more palatable than Huhne – although admittedly that is not very hard – but in reality he will be just another Lib Dem who believes that the hard-pressed British taxpayer should be signing up to more climate change taxation policies.
In 2010, the 46-year-old Oxford graduate who started his Lib Dem career as an advisor (another one, groan) was given a middle-ranking ministerial position within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – led by his colleague Vince Cable. He has been close to Sir Menzies Campbell – no fan of the Conservative element of the coalition who takes a vocal swipe at Cameron as often as he can.
Huhne’s legacy has been to leave UK manufacturing hurt by his climate change agenda. Consumers are facing an increase of £120 per annum in their fuel bills and he hasn’t built a single nuclear power station or figured out how to plug the gap in energy supply that we are facing. What will be Mr Davey’s legacy?
However, with Huhne out of the way the Cabinet will certainly be a more harmonious place without fear of the underhand personality back-biting for which he was so famous.
Davey is close to Nick Clegg and liked by colleagues across the house. Let’s hope he has the courage to rein in some of his more zealous climate change Lib Dem Swampies.