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Pickles’ bad faith at odds with Cameron’s objectives

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    Peter Thom

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    Spot on Andrew, keep up the pressure for consistentcy in Government policy, the policing of regulations and hopefully one day not letting the Daily Mail dicate policy to Government. Do they not realise how weak this makes them look?

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      Laurence Budge

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      I admire and respect your work on this issue and you may say I am pessimistic but Cameron’s rhetoric is constantly contradicted by his ministers as well as his own appointments. He knew Pickles outlook when he appointed him. He appointed Owen Patterson and Peter Lilley to prominent roles in Environment and Climate Change departments and George Osbourne continues to promote the energy intensive, environmentally disastrous Fracking. Michael Gove intends removing Climate Change from the school curriculum. All of this heads in one direction and it isn’t Green.

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        Andrew warren

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        Dear Laurence Budge

        Thank you for these very kind and genrous compliments; they are much appreciated. I am surprised that you claim that the Prime Minister” knew Pickles’ outlook when he appointed him.” in precise, it was precisely when Mr Pickles was chairman of the Conservative Party that the seductive slogan ” Go Green, Vote Blue” was adopted. So all of us might reasonably have expected more from him.

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          Laurence Budge

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          Am I cynical in thinking that political slogans are adopted for electoral purposes and readily discarded when they have served their purpose? There seems a mismatch between rhetoric and action across the spectrum on green issues. But of course you want to influence these people towards sane policies so must treat them as if they mean what they say. I wish you success

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      Andrew warren

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      Peter
      Thank you for these kind comments, which coming from you in particular are much appreciated. I do hope you will keep on fighting the good fight against irrational policy making too.
      Andrew

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    Lev

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    Best article I’ve read for some time. Keep up the good work.
    After the “conservatory tax” saga it will take a brave politician to add any rating (even a “G”) to the Energy Act to outlaw badly performing properties.
    Who is the bravest of them all?

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      Andrew warren

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      Dear Lev
      Thank you for these flattering remarks. I would remind you that it would require overt repealing of the Energy Act 2011 to remove the requirement for landlords to upgrade F and G rated buildings marketed from 2018: indeed the Climate Change minister reinforced this in a Parliamentary answer just last week. My main concern is that it will fall to Eric Pickles’ department to oversee compliance with the law. And recent history suggests an unwillingness by that Department to police any energy efficiency- related laws.

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    Andrew Warren

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    Dear Graham Farrall

    Thank you for contacting us. The only consolation i can offer is that yours is one of many firms anxious to deliver technologies that would improve the UK’s building stock. But are constantly frustrated by the inconsistent, irrational and often downright perverse policies that are too frequently pursued by Eric Pickles in his Department.

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      graham farrall

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      Thank you Andrew We will keep trying knowing full well like” colour televisions” it will happen , even if we have to do the “puppy dog ” close

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    Peter Wiltshire

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    Thank you Andrew for this hard hitting and accurate article. This back tracking on promises must stop. We must ensure that standards are enforced, or the whole energy policy becomes invalid. We are in danger of having politicians with less credibility than those in southern europe unless things improve as a matter of urgency.

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      Andrew Warren

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      Dear Peter Wiltshire

      Thank you for troubling to write. Your generous comments upon my article are much appreciated. I leave it to others to judge whether politicians in southern Europe should be flattered or disgusted by this comparison.

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    Andrew Warren

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    Thank you for your kind comments, and your support. it is much appreciated.

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    Donnachadh McCarthy

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    Excellent piece thanks Andrew.

    I wonder if there is a way around the lack of enforcement issue by targetting the environmental health officers and building regs officers instead or indeed elected councillors?

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    Andrew Warren

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    Thank you for these kind comments, much appreciated – as your regular columns in the Independent.
    I am not sure that my concern is the lack of ambition amongst elected councillors – many of whom are anxious to move this agenda on, as are many local government officers. The problem lies in this context very largely with the dead hand from and inertia of the officials at the Communities Department, whom I see are now officially the least happy with their work of any civil servants in Whitehall. And as ever this problem starts at the top, specifically with their Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.

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