There’s a word for it.
22nd Mar 2021
Politicians get a bad press. As a recovering one, I have a degree of sympathy for them regardless of which Party they represent. One of the most challenging aspects of political life is credibility. Do they personally act in the manner they expect of others? By and large they do, partly because when they don’t they get called out, shamed, and in some cases lose their jobs. The very thought of the accusation of a political figure adopting the philosophy of “do as I say, not as I do” makes them think carefully about their behaviour. It was always so.
That’s why the increasing trend in the energy world, of not behaving with those same values is one that requires close scrutiny. I’ve written before about energy CEOs who declare their undying support for one heating technology, but alas, it just isn’t suitable for them, so they stick to the cheaper, more convenient, and trusted gas boiler. Or suppliers that sell gas, but don’t want to, ‘honestly guv.’ Last week I heard a public panellist at a virtual energy event, who works for a ground source heat pump manufacturer confess they have an oil boiler – property just not suitable no doubt. Or the climate change adviser who wants an end to gas boilers, except for the one in his flat!
If these senior figures of the energy world were politicians, they would be called out for the behaviour they are demonstrating. Yet ironically, these will be the same figures that lobby politicians to make changes in policy to suit what they say (obviously not what they do). They will be critical of the same politicians for not moving fast enough (translated that means in the direction they articulate). Spare a thought for those politicians.
I suspect they don’t even know they are being lobbied by people who don’t practice what they preach. In Parliament, there are some words that cannot be uttered. You cannot accuse a fellow MP of being a “hypocrite.” It is a serious matter, as politicians are deemed to act honourably. If only the same could be said for others.
Mike Foster, CEO