Dodgy Disgraced Deben Is Coming for Your Gas Cooker

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How would you feel if some dodgy geezer smelling of mung bean fart, green sanctimony and greasy banknotes in a brown envelope came round to your house and told you that you’d have to get rid of your gas cooker because “climate change”?

Probably the first thing you’d do is tell him where to shove it: “I like my gas hob. It gives me better heat control than electric and it’s also more versatile. Plus, for your information Mister, I’ve yet to see any evidence that ‘climate change’ constitutes any kind of threat, nor that stopping me from using my gas cooker would make any difference either way.”

Then, once you’d discovered that his name was Lord Deben, you’d set the dog on him.

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Climate Alarmist Lord Deben Accused in £600,000 Conflict of Interest Scandal

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Christmas has come unusually early this year for British climate sceptics thanks to a magnificent scoop by the Mail on Sunday‘s David Rose.
The headline reads:

Tory peer in £600,000 conflict of interest: Climate Change chief John Gummer faces calls to quit over payments from ‘green businesses’ to his family firm where daughter he famously fed a beef burger during the height of the BSE crisis is a director.

If anything, this is even better than it first sounds.

Of the many dodgy geezers in Britain’s Climate Industrial Complex, few are either so influential or conduct their watermelon politicking with such fanatical zeal as the egregious John Gummer.

Gummer — or Lord Deben as he is now known, having been ennobled in 2010 — is chairman of the British government’s Climate Change Committee. Probably no advisory body has been more active than the CCC in pushing forward the green policies which have done so much damage to the British environment and economy, put so much money into the pockets of rent-seeking troughers, and driven up the cost of living, hurting the poorest hardest.

All this from a man who makes a big deal of being both a Conservative and a Christian.

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RIP British Heavy Industry: Killed by the Green Death

Apparently it’s all just a myth put out by nasty right-wing columnists. Or so crows the Guardian, quoting EU-funded eco-propaganda site the Carbon Brief, claiming that the cost of green levies amounts to no more than one per cent of Port Talbot’s production costs. Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell agrees with this assessment. So that makes it all OK then, right?

Well, no. As we learn from Paul Homewood these “nothing to do with us, guv” claims are a downright lie.

In December last year the House of Commons Select Committee for Business, Innovation & Skills produced a report on the UK steel industry.

According to the industry, the price of electricity in the UK for extra large users is the highest in the EU by some margin. Figure 6 indicates that prices for these industrial consumers have risen steadily in the UK since the start of this century and were the highest in the EU in 2014.

Other studies have confirmed that electricity costs are relatively high in the UK for industrial users. Whilst energy costs may not represent a high proportion of total costs, we were told that they nonetheless represented a “significant proportion” and that “the margins are very small, so any disadvantage is magnified”.

Some of these relatively high costs can be attributed to policies designed to combat climate change. The Government estimates that climate change policies have added 18% to electricity prices for the steel industry, falling to 14% after compensatory measures are implemented.

According to the government’s own figures, climate policies are already adding 26 per cent to the cost of the electricity used by heavy industry. By 2020, the added cost caused by climate levies will rise to 59 per cent.

Tata, the Indian owner of the Port Talbot steel works, currently spends £250 million on energy for its European operations. So at UK rates, around £50 million of that cost consists of green levies. By 2020 this is set to rise to well over £100 million. In deciding to sell off its UK operations, then, Tata is thinking not just of the already inflated current energy costs but of the fact that the situation is going to get worse not better. Of course it’s going to move its steel production (“offshoring”) to wherever energy costs are cheaper: there would be no business sense in doing otherwise.

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Tory Sleaze Is Worse than Ever: Yeo and Deben Must Go!

Ever more putrescent and loathesome

How Lord “BSE” Deben got his nickname. (Photo: PA)

I’m a bit concerned that the ordurous stench emanating from Tory peer Lord “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy” Deben (formerly John Bovine Selwyn Encephalopathy Gummer) and Tim “Ebola” Yeo MP has yet to assail sufficiently large numbers of nostrils.

All right, so Yeo got a proper going over in the Mail last week in a piece headlined Jolly Green Hypocrite: Tory MP earns £140,000 a year from Green firms and want to carpet Britain with wind farms (except in his own back yard)

Guido also had a go at Yeo, noting more potential conflicts of interest, this time one apparently benefiting his chairmanship of a London cab manufacturer called ugh Eco City Vehicles.

Then on Sunday, the excellent David Rose did a number on the possibly-even-more-putrescent-and-loathsome-in-every-conceivable-way Lord Deben. Here’s the gist:

A former Tory Minister set to provide the Government with crucial advice on climate change is at the centre of a new conflict-of-interest row after it was revealed he is chairman of a consortium bidding to build one of the world’s biggest offshore windfarms.

John Selwyn Gummer, who was Environment Secretary under John Major and Agriculture Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Government, is the newly designated chairman of the powerful Committee on Climate Change (CCC). It was set up to provide David Cameron with independent advice on energy policy and climate change.

But a Mail on Sunday investigation has learned the former MP – who became Lord Deben in 2010 – is also chairman of Forewind, a consortium trying to build thousands of turbines in the North Sea’s Dogger Bank.

Lord Deben already chairs Sancroft, a lobbying and consultancy firm based in Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster. One of its specialities is advising businesses on how to make money from policies enacted to combat global warming.

Its website states: ‘Climate change will be the most disruptive influence on business. The risks it poses are immense; the potential rewards are considerable We show our clients how to make the most of quickly evolving market opportunities.’

Last night, Lord Deben insisted there was no conflict of interest. His spokeswoman said: ‘The appointment will be the subject of a parliamentary pre-appointment scrutiny hearing in September.

Ah yes, that parliamentary pre-appointment scrutiny hearing. And who will be chairing that, I wonder?

Why, none other than our old friend Tim Yeo MP, famed throughout the land for, amongst other things, his unimpeachable neutrality on green issues.

The good Bishop detects a certain absurdity here:

So Tim Yeo, the conflicted committee chairman, will question Deben, the conflicted candidate on whether conflicts are acceptable. I imagine this could be a penetrating cross-examination. It promises to be Commons comedy gold.

The date for your diaries is 4 September 2012 at 3pm.

The Bishop’s comment threads have also brought more fascinating information on Lord Deben’s financial involvements in a mooted £32 billion scheme to build a tidal barrage across the Severn estuary. Though Lord Deben is of course denying any conflict of interest, he and his family have a significant shareholding in the company angling for the contract. The £240 million which according to the Bishop’s calculations the Gummer family stand to make if the project goes ahead makes the hundreds of thousands “Ebola” Yeo has made from his various green side-projects look like chicken feed.But the Severn Barrage Scheme has already been rejected once for several very good reasons, as Christopher Booker explained back in 2008 (in those distant days when the mooted cost of the scheme was a mere £20 billion.)

But the Government also knows that we haven’t a chance of meeting that target by building 10,000 ludicrously expensive, largely useless wind turbines. Hence its recent revival of the scheme to provide ‘5 per cent of our power’ by building a £20 billion tidal barrage across the Severn Estuary a vast concrete wall from Weston-super-Mare to Wales.

It is amazing how little the fans of this quixotic dream recognise what it would involve. Its 300 turbines would, we are told, have a ‘generating capacity’ of ‘8,640 megawatts (MW)’. But, as even the Sustainable Development Commission tacitly recognises on its website, these would generate, thanks to the variation of the tides, only 22 per cent of capacity, namely 1,900MW. That is £10 million per MW, even more than the £8 million per MW of those ridiculous offshore wind turbines.

One modern nuclear power station, costing £2.7 billion, could generate almost as much electricity as the barrage, at barely an eighth of the cost. (The barrage would also need several new power stations as back-up for when the tides are not generating.)

But if we did decide to build the barrage to meet our renewables obligation, its impact on wildlife, particularly the birds that feed in their millions on the Severn’s tidal mudflats, would render it illegal under the EU’s habitats directive. Forget the barrage (and our renewables target, since it is not remotely achievable) and let the Government, even if it must use ‘climate change’ as an excuse, build those reactors before the lights go out.”

Anyway, to repeat what I said at the beginning, I’m a bit concerned that the ordurous stench emanating from Lord “Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy” Deben (formerly John Bovine Selwyn Encaphalopathy Gummer) and Tim “Ebola” Yeo MP has yet to assail sufficiently large numbers of nostrils.

It seems to me that we have compelling evidence here that there is something exceedingly rotten in the state of our parliamentary democracy. Maybe Lord Deben’s and Yeo’s behaviour would not have looked quite so out-of-place were they 18th century Whigs. But surely not today. Aren’t we supposed to be living in a more accountable, transparent and honest age? Wasn’t one of the lessons learned from the MPs expenses scandal that our elected representatives must henceforward learn to act in the interests of the public they supposedly serve rather than appearing merely to feather their own nests?

David Cameron cannot allow this kind of behaviour to go unchecked. The tangled interests of Lord Deben and Tim Yeo are well in the public domain now. Cameron cannot plausibly pretend that he didn’t know about them. And if he fails to address the problem it will reflect extraordinarily badly both on his personal morality and on the integrity of the Conservative party and the Coalition he leads.

I’m very surprised the Opposition isn’t making more of this. The Tory sleaze meme was what brought down the Major administration: why on earth shouldn’t it be revived to bring down the Cameron one?

The sooner, frankly, the better.

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Corby: Should I Stand?

Augean troughers and reptiles

Would you really want this man as your local MP?

There’s a mischievous online campaign now fast gaining momentum urging that I should stand in the Corby by-election following Louise Mensch’s shock (well, actually not that shocking) decision to abandon the sinking ship SS Coalition.

I’m torn, I must say.

On the one hand I’m moving to Northamptonshire anyway next week and I’d certainly love to do my bit in parliament to help Chris Heaton-Harris MP with his campaign to stop this gorgeous and much-underrated county becoming the wind farm capital of Britain. (Note that phrase “gorgeous and much-underrated”. Seems I’m catching the politician’s smarm bug already….). Also, though I can’t claim to have taken quite as many drugs as Louise Mensch apparently has, I did make a pretty heroic go of it in my younger, longer-haired days – as fans of my Thinly Disguised Autobiography will know.

On the other hand, I’m skint, I’d stand no hope of getting a cabinet position in the Cameron administration (face it: he’s not my biggest fan) and in any case I just don’t think I’d be cynical or sleazy enough to get on in the current Tory party.

Then again, if I did stand it wouldn’t be as a Tory anyway. No way would I want to belong to the same party as such Augean troughers and reptiles as Tim Yeo MP or the even more noisome Lord Deben (formerly John Selwyn Gummer). If I stood – if they’d have me – it would have to be for UKIP whose manifesto gels so perfectly with my own political values I might almost have written it myself.

Until recently Nigel Farage used to describe UKIP as the “Conservative party in exile” and saw the party’s function mainly as the Tories’ conscience, to keep them on the straight and narrow. Over dinner the other night – no: we weren’t talking about my candidature – though, I discovered that his position had hardened. He now sees UKIP as a viable political party not just at the 2014 EU elections (when it will assuredly win the most seats) but also in the next few general elections here in Britain.

I totally understand his shift in thinking. Thanks to David Cameron, the Conservative party in Britain is dead in the water. There’s only one possible thing he could do to save it which is to fall on his sword before the next election and allow Boris Johnson or Gove to take the reins. But since he won’t – doing the decent thing has never really been Cameron’s schtick – Labour will certainly win the next election, if necessary in coalition with the Lib Dems who will then gerrymander the boundaries and tinker with the constitution to ensure that the Tories can never win a working majority again.

Really, so totally unConservative have the Conservatives become in every way (apart from on education) I find it astonishing that any conservative could consider voting for them. But then if I were an old Labour man – and I have a lot more respect for socialists than I do for liberals – I would feel much the same about the way Labour has gone. Instead of being the party which champions the rights of the working man and woman, Labour has become the party of the welfare class, the public sector parasite and the vampire squid quangocracy.

We need a new kind of politics in this country. None of the current three main parties is offering us any viable alternative to the doomed political “consensus” of statism, money-printing, overregulation, corporatism, banksterism, gag-making political correctness and environmental tyranny.

UKIP, on the other hand, has something to offer everyone – both those on the traditional right and on the old left.

Do I really want to be an MP? Probably not. Hateful job, hideous place – like a cross between a very minor public school and a 70s Berni Inn, vile creepy people, long hours and (unless you’re say, Tim Yeo MP) crap money.

Oh and there’s another factor which might rule me way out of contention: I speak rather too honestly for my own good.

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