'Moronic': Tom Swarbrick mocks people who applauded Liz Truss ruling out energy rationing

5 December 2022, 19:34

Tom Swarbrick ridicules Liz Truss' promise to rule out energy rationing during leadership contest.

By Abbie Reynolds

After a concerning report from Energy Economist Professor Nick Butler, Tom Swarbrick reflects on the promises Liz Truss made during the leadership contest back in the summer.

After being told the UK was in a "spot of bother" when it comes to energy resources, Tom Swarbrick ridiculed promises made by Liz Truss in the summer and those who cheered her on.

"It's not even [just] the fact she said it, it's also the fact that people applauded," Tom began.

"Remember when people applauded a woman - who went on to become Prime Minister called Liz Truss - saying she could rule out energy rationing, and people clapped!" he recalled in disbelief.

"As if it was a choice that she could genuinely make without any external factors being responsible."

"People went 'yeah brilliant!'" Tom said in a teasing manner.

The moment Liz Truss pledged 'no energy rationing'.

Energy Economist Professor Nick Butler who's a former Senior Policy Advisor to PM Gordon Brown told Tom Swarbrick:

"We're set for a struggle through the winter."

"Our energy system is very tightly balanced and we rely on about eight per cent of our energy imports [coming] from Europe and that is where the risks come because if it's a cold winter here it's likely a cold winter there."

He also said "there is a real shortage of gas because of Russia" as well as influences from maintenance happening in France.

The most poignant moment from his report was his insistence that "National Grid may have to tell people to turn their heating down", which triggered Tom's reaction.

Professor Nick Butler details the dismal state of energy resources in the UK.

More Tom Swarbrick

See more More Tom Swarbrick

Lord Harrington said there should be a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes.

Former refugees minister Lord Harrington calls for a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes

Mel Stride has backed the PM

Rishi Sunak has 'absolutely not' betrayed nation over Rwanda plan, insists minister after Braverman's attack on PM

Tom and caller

'Our family is there': Mother shares heartbreaking experience of being a British Jew during Israel-Hamas conflict

The ban will be brought into effect in months

'Children should be in the classroom to learn': Gillian Keegan orders 'blanket ban' of mobile phones in schools

Exclusive
Tributes have been paid to Elianne after she was stabbed to death in Croydon

Fellow pupil of schoolgirl stabbed to death in Croydon describes heartbreaking moment students were told of her killing

Scotland's first safe drug consumption space set to be openned

'Isn't this just decriminalising heroin?': Tom Swarbrick questions Labour MSP over first safe drug consumption room

The education secretary discusses educational reforms with Tom Swarbrick

Shadow education secretary says 'Building Schools for the Future Programme' would have prevented Raac crisis

Tom Swabrick

'Is it not completely mental?': Tom Swarbrick astonished as schools shut due to crumble-risk concrete before new term

Exam results

Equation sheets given to GCSE cohort in attempt lessen reduced grade inflation blow, schools minister says

Crime commentator on Adam Provan

Internal review of rapist ex-Met officer is the equivalent of 'marking your own homework', says crime commentator

Education Secretary discuss new Eton free schools on LBC

‘Bailed out by Eton’: Education Secretary discusses new free schools with Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Exclusive
Lord Edward Garnier has called for a public inquiry into Andrew Malkinson's case

Top lawyer blasts Andrew Malkinson rape case as the 'worst miscarriage of justice of the 21st century'

Suella Barge

Suella Braverman can't be blamed for housing migrants on barge with Legionella, ConservativeHome editor says

Tom Swarbrick on mortgages

It would be 'manifestly unfair' to use taxpayers' money to subsidise mortgages, Tom Swarbrick says

Tom Swarbrick

'It's a case of Ulez you lose', Tom Swarbrick tells Tory chairman as Conservatives retain Uxbridge seat