The reason why Tata steel is cutting 1,500 jobs from its UK operations could not be clearer. According to this report, Karl-Ulrich Köhler, head of European operations for Tata, said:
“EU carbon legislation threatens to impose huge additional costs on the steel industry. Besides, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the level of further unilateral carbon cost rises the UK Government is planning. These measures risk undermining our competitiveness and we must make ourselves stronger in preparation for them.”
In other words, lunatic EU greenie policies combined with dead-man-walking Chris Huhne’s newly-adopted turning of the screw (scroll down to the David Rose comment piece) – proudly putting the UK in the world lead as adopter-in-chief of suicidal eco-economic policies – are forcing lifeblood manufacturing industries out of the UK.
Surprise, surprise, the BBC’s reports on the job losses here and here barely mention this. When a union chief or Labour MP slams government policy for being Thatcherite or “Tory cuts”, the subs at the BBC routinely salivate and make it headline news. But because in this case Labour MP Nick Dakin dares to attack the BBC’s revered carbon taxes, it’s not emphasised or played up at all.
The headline I would have written for the story would have been “Carbon taxes lead to major job losses, says steel boss”. Never in a month of Sundays on the BBC.