Election fever everywhere

10th Jun 2024


In just under two weeks, people will start voting by post in what I think is the most unusual general election campaign I have witnessed.

In just 25 days’ time, we will know the outcome. After that comes the announcement of Ministerial positions and then key policy pronouncements. In our sector, the creation of GB Energy may be one of them. But before that process starts (subject to the actual result of course), I suspect that sensible new Ministers will want to see what is hidden under the Whitehall carpets. Outgoing Ministers may well have been less than clear with the state of play in their areas of responsibility. Plus, if you are going to change course doing it earlier rather than later allows a new Minister to blame their predecessor – even easier if there is a change of government too.

I will confess, despite being on leave, to watching the debate last week between Starmer and Sunak. I did not expect heat pumps and boilers to feature but it did. Now the details may have been less than accurate, but we can’t expect politicians to know the intricacies. That is the role of industry. But the fact that this topic was raised suggests that even if it doesn’t become a central issue of the election campaign, it may provide new dividing lines between a new government party and new opposition.

What I did find amusing, was to see a Minister who publicly advocates for heat pumps, now attacking his political opponents for allegedly wanting to see heat pumps fitted. Elections can do strange things to some people.

But our general election isn’t the only one in town. As I type this blog, results from the European elections are starting to come through. It looks like major gains for more climate change sceptic parties in several major nations. This will have implications too for European policy makers. We may not be part of the EU, but we are closely linked to climate policy with our neighbours. Plenty to mull over in the coming weeks it seems.