‘Bit of a change in tone!’ Ferrari feuds with minister for U-turn on energy rationing


Nick Ferrari has slammed the Conservative climate minister for failing to deny the possibility of energy rationing this winter despite a previous promise from the Prime Minister that such a measure would never be put into place. Graham Stuart struggled to get a word in edgewise as a furious Mr Ferrari demanded he say there will be no rationing, only for the minister to stumble through an answer. Mr Ferrari accused the Tory Government of a “change in tone” as Britain looks set to be hit by blackouts this winter. 

Mr Ferrari said: “Can you rule out rationing this winter?” Mr Stuart said: “Erm, the National Grid, we get to do it independently, and they do their assessment. They’ve said it’s very unlikely.” 

Mr Ferrari interrupted: “So, you cannot rule it out? Bit of a change in tone, you know, minister. 

“The Tory candidate, now Prime Minister, Liz Truss told me at Wembley in August that she was ruling out rationing. 

“Here we are, I don’t know, seven, eight weeks on, another broken promise. You cannot rule it out, can you?” 

Mr Stuart said: “Well, I’m not sure that is entirely fair.” Mr Ferrari then interrupted again, saying: “Well, rule it out, minister.

“We’ll have no rationing, just say it now and we will all move on.” 

Mr Stuart said: “We are not planning to have that. It is not our intention to have that and we are doing everything possible to ensure that it does not happen.” 

Mr Ferrari said: “Well, you have changed your tune because Liz Truss told me it would not happen.” 

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The National Grid highlighted three possible scenarios for how Britain’s electricity grid might cope with the worst global energy crisis for decades, with blackouts the worst case. 

In the other two scenarios, the operator hopes that by paying people to charge their electric cars at off-peak times, and firing up back-up coal plants, it can offset the risk of blackouts.

The lights, it is hoped, will stay on this winter unless the gas-fired power plants that produced 43 percent of Britain’s electricity over the last year cannot get enough gas to continue operating.

Prime Minister Ms Truss earlier sought to downplay concerns although stopped short of explicitly offering a guarantee of no blackouts.

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