It can’t be claimed that we’ve barred the Conservative Manifesto from speaking for itself, so to speak.

Above is its entire section on fracking and below it is the Survey Panel’s response.  They don’t believe that the moratorium on it is justified by the evidence.

We didn’t ask about other technologies – but then again the manifesto didn’t propose a bar on them in this way.  Some respondents would presumably say that if Britain is to reduce its carbon emissions further, then fracking should be one of the means at its disposal.

The manifesto’s form of words allows a potential get-out, but constituency presssure from backbench Tory MPs killed fracking during the last Parliament.

And nothing much looks set to change during this one.