Net zero is “bankrupting the British people.” - UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman

Net zero policies are hurting people so much that the UK government announced a dramatic walk-back yesterday.

The ban of diesel and petrol cars by 2030 has been kicked down the road along with the hated mandate for expensive electric heat pumps to replace gas and oil in homes.

There will also be no ban on oil and gas exploration in the North Sea.

After years of being warned of immanent “climate catastrophe”, the looming January 2025 general election has focussed the mind of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

How long before Australia’s Labor/Liberal/Green/Teal net zero consensus shatters as the “energy transition” continues to drive up cost of living and inflation in Australia?

Announced the backdown this week, Sunak admitted ordinary people were suffering “unacceptable costs” because of net zero.

“The risk here to those of us who care about reaching net zero, as I do, is simple: if we continue down this path we risk losing the consent of the British people. And the resulting backlash would not just be against specific policies but against the wider mission itself meaning we might never achieve our goal. That‘s why we have to do things differently.”

That’s political speak for “we will be voted out of office” if we don’t respond to the pain people are feeling.

With Australians equally suffering cost of living pain because of the political class’s poorly planned “energy transition”, Family First believes it is time our net zero policies were also paused to give working people relief.

It was telling that Sunak’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman said that net zero was “bankrupting the British people”.

The same could be said for the Australian people but Peter Dutton and Anthony Albanese remain committed to it.