‘I recall the winter of 1973!’ says the narrator. Richard Madeley picks Kwarteng as the winner of the Ted Heath promise.
HAPPY MORNING Richard Madeley, Britain’s host, questioned Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng about his assurance that there will be no power outages this winter.
On ITV, Richard Madeley slammed Kwasi Kwarteng’s assertions that there will be no power outages throughout the energy crisis. The Good Morning Britain host brought up the 1973 winter energy crisis, as well as a promise made by then-Prime Minister Ted Head, which he failed to keep. It comes after Mr Kwarteng told MPs that the UK’s gas and electricity supply security “will not fail.”
“You have clearly guaranteed in the House of Commons that we will not witness power cuts,” Mr Madeley said to the Minister.
“I must confess that I am much older than you, and I recall Ted Heath saying something very similar in the 1970s.
“We were assured that the lights would stay on as we went through a difficult period of strikes and energy shortages.
“And you know what? They didn’t, and we were sitting by candlelight and hurricane lamps for what felt like months that winter, I believe it was the winter of ’73…’74.”
“Are you absolutely certain you can ensure there will be no power outages?” he inquired.
“I am very certain that we will not return to…
Mr Kwarteng said, “I mean, I don’t recall any of that.”
“However, we are adamant that this will not happen.
“We have a lot more variety in our supply.”
On Monday, Mr. Kwarteng met with about 20 energy providers in the wake of a record rise in wholesale gas and power prices.
“I appreciate this will be a stressful period for businesses and consumers,” the minister stated.
“We’re working hard to mitigate the effects of rising global gas prices.
“Unfortunately, small energy suppliers are under pressure as a result of recent worldwide gas price rises.
“In recent weeks, four small suppliers have stopped doing business.
“In the event that a provider fails, Ofgem will guarantee that consumers’ gas and electricity supplies are not disrupted.
“Protecting customers is our top priority.”
“Energy security will always be our ultimate priority,” Mr Kwarteng added.