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Shivering for UKIP

Yesterday, Russia stopped gas delivery to the Ukraine. This happened after a night-long conference, chaired by Mr Oettinger, the EU ‘energy tsar’.

Briefly, Russia demanded that Ukraine either pay the debt accrued – over $1.4 billion  – or that they would have to pay up front before delivery. The price demanded – around $385 per 1000 cubic metres.

Without going into the particulars of who is right and who is wrong – this is now a matter for the Stockholm Chamber of commerce where energy disputes are being adjudicated – it obviously will affect us here in the UK.

In the first instance, the EU will help the Ukraine to pay either for the debts or for the difference between the price the big energy firms will demand to ‘re-sell’ gas to the Ukraine, such as RWE who are already on record as saying they are prepared to send gas to the Ukraine.

Will Cameron be able to say the UK won’t give a penny for this? You decide …!

In the second instance, gas prices will inevitably rise. This is a simple question of supply and demand. Less gas being available because Eu states will send gas abck to the Ukraine means higher prices. Already these prices have jumped on the world market, see this interesting report on Bloomberg  Business Week.

Given that our own domestic energy costs are already high, thanks to green surcharges, it is not difficult to anticipate a rise in these prices come autumn and winter. Should we have a more traditional winter, unlike the past one, with longer cold spells, it doesn’t take a genius to predict that many more people will end up in fuel poverty, and will shiver in their homes.

The blame for this can be put firmly on the current government, not just for their green-tinged energy policies, but for their supine attitude to all things EU.

If we were not a member, we wouldn’t have to pay either for the green surcharges nor for extra money to support an unreliable regime which is trying to cheat another country out of paying for a commodity already delivered.

This will translate into another nice number of votes for us, come the GE next May.

So – we’ll in fact be shivering for UKIP!

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About Vivian Evans (240 Articles)
Vivian is a UKIP patron, Vice Chair of UKIP Cardiff and Editor in Chief of UKIP Daily

1 Comment on Shivering for UKIP

  1. Miss/Madame

    While I agree with the gist of your article I must take issue with your vast oversimplification of the Ukrainian – Russian gas issue; your comment of “an unreliable regime which is trying to cheat another country out of paying for a commodity already delivered” misses the truth by an outstanding degree.

    On January 17th Ukraine (Yanukovych) signed a gas deal with Russia with the price at $268 per 1,000 cubic metres. Why is that deal no longer valid? Because there is a new President naturally. The alleged Ukrainian debt for gas was $2 billion in March – by May it had risen to $22 billion! (See NYT here; http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/world/europe/russia-ratchets-up-ukraines-gas-bills-in-shift-to-an-economic-battlefield.html?_r=1) Then Ukraine actually payed just under $1 to Gazprom last month yet they wish to charge $455 per 1000 cubic metres – more than any other European country pays – while Ukraine has offered $385 per 1000 cubic metres. It is not an unwillingness to pay by an ‘unreliable regime’ but a refusal to stand for criminal blackmail from a country which is already sponsoring terrorism on Ukrainian sovereign territory.

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