How comic to see the shrill finger-pointing by Labour's front bench.
And of course, they assured us that only they can put the problem right.
How predictable. The socialists answer to every problem is more regulation, even when regulation is the problem! Ironic though that now they want the power companies to burn coal - last week they didn't!
Let's get to the nub of the issue. There was no wind to turn the wind turbines, and there was gunk in a hydro inlet and had to be shut down while someone got in there and cleaned it out. These things happen, and wind turbines don't work unless there is some wind, which may come as a surprise to those who say we should have more of it.
Windless days and gunk stuck in inlets just go to show that if we want a reliable power supply network then we have to burn coal.
That will sit uncomfortably with the anti-coal folk, but they do have a choice to opt out. They could cut back their own power consumption on these chilly days by switching off their hot water cylinder, turning off the heat pump, or unplugging their EV. There is a climate emergency after all and those of conviction must be prepared to accept sacrifices.
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Frank Newman, a political commentator and investment analyst, is a former local body councillor.