Losing our fracking tsar must be a wake-up call for flip-flopping ministers

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Shale fail

THE loss of the UK’s fracking tsar must be a wake-up call for flip-flopping ministers.

Natascha Engel is right to warn that Britain’s energy revolution is now at risk, with the Government in thrall to eco-warriors and their immature stunts.

Natascha Engel is right to warn that our energy revolution is at risk with the Government in thrall to eco-warriors' immature stunts
Natascha Engel is right to warn that our energy revolution is at risk with the Government in thrall to eco-warriors’ immature stunts
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She points out that the likes of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, and the Extinction Rebellion mob, don’t have a serious solution to climate change.

Eye-catching prophecies of doom are no substitute for actual policies.

Fracking can drive down emissions by replacing high-polluting coal and oil with gas, which is far less damaging. It could also hand Britain an economic boom, and reduce our dependence on energy imports from far-flung dictatorships.

Cowardly Business Secretary Greg Clark is squandering this windfall by giving in to the green lobby. As Engel says — listen to the science, not just to those who shout the loudest.

It is time the Government ignored leftie posturing and turned on the shale gas taps
It is time the Government ignored leftie posturing and turned on the shale gas taps
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At least the Tories aren’t quite as bad as Jeremy Corbyn, who would ban fracking altogether and destroy hundreds of jobs in the process.

It is time the Government ignored leftie posturing and turned on the shale gas taps.

Stephen shame

THE five thugs suspected of murdering Stephen Lawrence have repeatedly dodged justice. So it’s an outrage they’ve been allowed to run up nearly £1million in legal aid — funded, of course, by the taxpayer.

Gary Dobson and David Norris lied for 19 years before finally being convicted of murder, while the other three have always refused to explain their role in the racist attack on Stephen.

Stephen Lawrence’s murder suspects have ran up a £1million legal aid bill <strong>—</strong> funded, of course, by the taxpayer
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Of course every suspect has the right to a defence, but it can’t be fair that such sums have been lavished on lawyers for these fundamentally dishonest men.

Contrast this state-funded generosity with the treatment of Stephen’s grieving parents, who were denied legal aid when trying to get justice for their son.

Coming hot on the heels of Shamima Begum’s legal aid windfall, this is fresh proof the system isn’t working. Legal aid is meant to ensure the right to a fair trial, not help killers avoid being held to account.

Good sport

LEEDS United boss Marcelo Bielsa has restored faith in modern football.

His players were wrong to score against Aston Villa while their opponents had a man down injured, but he immediately put it right by gifting Villa an equaliser.

Marcelo Bielsa has helped restore faith in modern football
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You could see on Bielsa’s face how much it hurt. The gesture was the final nail in the coffin for Leeds’ automatic promotion challenge — and an incredible example for footie-mad kids who need to know the importance of fair play.

In an era where sport stars hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, it’s heart-warming to see a team go about things the right way.

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