In this context we have Myra Butterworth & Rowena Mason in the Daily Telegraph with this report; whilst not to be out-done, courtesy of an email acquaintance in East Anglia, we then get, from the Norwich Evening News:
In fact Norwich seems to be embracing this mentalism with both hands:
As if this is not enough, we also have this article which relates that there is 'trouble 't mill', coupled with this report about saving carbon-dioxide emissions involving switching off street lights.
Lets take these articles in order of appearance. Butterworth and Mason write about the problem of the lack of transparency in fuel bills with the almost obligatory quotes by two politicians, Yeo and MiliE, renowned for their 'mentalist' thought processes. Yeo is a committed 'mentalist' (why else would he be chair of the Energy and Climate Change committee) and MiliE was Secretary of State for Energy in the last Brown government. Yeo, whose business interests are in the 'mentalist' field, makes no mention of the hidden surcharges within fuel bills to pay for all this 'mentalism'. As for MiliE his comment on twitter: "David Cameron should urgently meet Scottish Power to get prices down. PM needs to stop sitting idly by." is disingenious in the extreme in view of his last ministerial position. Yet these points are not even mentioned by the two Telegraph 'journalists'.
There must be something in the water, up Norwich way, when they can elect two politicians of the 'calibre-less' qualities of Simon Wright and Chloe Smith. Not one word is there in the first article about the fact that Feed-in tariffs are a cost to the fuel user. Mr Wright says "It is incredibly important that green living is affordable and available to all" - I would suggest he looks at the website of one renewable energy company (http://www.fitariffs.co.uk/
FITs/principles/funding/), where they state: The suppliers pass on the cost of the Feed-In Tariffs scheme to all their electricity customers. ... so the bottom line is that people who don't install renewable energy systems pay for those who do."
Of course it does not help the mentalists when a former head of the Civil Service has a pop at politicians et all, complaining that pandering to scaremongers should cease and berates politicians for the global-warming evangelism. Not that the poor political saps can do much about the problem, at least not without the agreement of those in Brussels that pull their strings.
Of course, as with most of the political elite and the positions they hold, here we have two politicians pontificating on the subject of energy when neither has any qualification so to do - aided and abetted by journalists who, no doubt, are similarly un-qualified.
Perhaps these mentalists might be more at home at Broadmoor?