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Nick Hurd confirmed as Climate Change and Industry Minister

August 1, 2016

God help us!
Heaven knows why we need a  ‘Climate Change and Industry Minister’, surely the two are incompatible?
But if there has to be one, why does it have to be this prat?
http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2466562/nick-hurd-confirmed-as-climate-change-minister

15 Comments leave one →
  1. A C Osborn permalink
    August 1, 2016 5:46 pm

    Just when we thought some common sense was breaking out in the Government they go and do this, I guess it was just wishful thinking.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      August 1, 2016 5:50 pm

      I am even more depressed after reading down farther in that article, we get 2 greens, not just one, Oh dear.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      August 1, 2016 6:56 pm

      ‘common sense’ & ‘the Government’ in the same sentence !!…..
      ….don’t be so silly, now go & sit on the naughty step & write out 50 times
      ‘I must not be silly in class’

  2. martinbrumby permalink
    August 1, 2016 6:03 pm

    Reinforces my strong suspicion that, however obvious the cracks in the “settled science” become, the only time we will get action to stop the tsunami of greenie bullshit is when significant numbers of the population repeatedly shiver in the dark.
    Obviously, those South of Watford Gap have little to fear, anyway.
    But until the normally phlegmatic denizens of the rest of the UK get really, seriously pissed off, HMG will do absolutely nothing.

  3. August 1, 2016 6:33 pm

    You have to wonder where the Conservative Party finds these people who are given the job of “taking responsibility for climate change”. At least we’ll know who’s responsible for it when the next climate change occurs.

    • Swisspeasant permalink
      August 1, 2016 7:18 pm

      We have had conservative ministers taking responsibility for climate before.
      Denis Howell was successively minister for drought, flood and then snow in the late 70s.
      And he was doing it without the benefit of a single climate model to help him.

      • diogenese2 permalink
        August 2, 2016 8:26 am

        Wrong party – appointed by Harold Wilson 1976. As you can see his appointment was extraordinarily successful (I remember that summer well, grass fires ravaged Dorset and Hants and more trees were lost than in the great hurricane.

        In 1976, during Britain’s driest summer in over 200 years, he was made Minister for Drought (but nicknamed ‘Minister for Rain'[3]). Howell was charged by the Prime Minister with the task of persuading the nation to use less water – and was even ordered by No. 10 to do a rain dance on behalf of the nation.[4]

        The appointment provoked much public mirth, but in true Brummie style, the Lozells-born MP responded by inviting reporters to his home in Moseley where he revealed he was doing his bit to help water rationing by sharing baths with his wife, Brenda.[5] Days later, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding, and he was made Minister of Floods.[6] Additionally, during the harsh winter of 1978–1979 he was appointed Minister for Snow.[7]

  4. August 1, 2016 6:42 pm

    The whole department looks like a dog’s dinner:

    * Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    * Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry
    * Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (joint minister with Department for Education)
    * Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property
    * Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers, and Corporate Responsibility
    *Jesse Norman MP, Minister for Industry and Energy

    from here:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-ministerial-portfolios-confirmed-at-department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    Nick Hurd’s part of the dinner:

    Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry

    The minister is responsible for:

    climate change
    carbon budgets
    international climate change, including International Climate Fund
    climate science and innovation
    green economy, including the Green Investment Bank
    industry and enterprise
    advanced manufacturing
    materials
    automotive

    • August 1, 2016 6:46 pm

      Maybe we can take encouragement that “climate change” is not regarded as a full time job, and that “greenies” won’t like the fact that Nick Hurd has 6 children!

      • Green Sand permalink
        August 1, 2016 8:29 pm

        ‘Nick Hurd has 6 children!’

        Another 6 for the ‘elite establishment’! MP’s, Senior Civils? Only after Eton and Oxford of course!

        At least we should have voted away one of their lucrative gravy trains. Though I am concerned about ‘Maybe May’s’ intentions.

    • AlecM permalink
      August 1, 2016 6:47 pm

      The man hasn’t a bleedin’ clue.

  5. 1saveenergy permalink
    August 1, 2016 6:50 pm

    “why does it have to be this prat?”

    To continue a long tradition of stupid prats !!

  6. martinbrumby permalink
    August 1, 2016 7:58 pm

    Would you, in your wildest nightmares, consider for even a nanosecond, buying a second hand car from any of these twats?
    Or even 100 grams of hand-knitted Tofu?

  7. August 2, 2016 12:06 pm

    While this clown is obviously well suited to climate change: (a true religious fanatic’s pursuit), it is more frightening that his job title includes the word industry.

    UK heavy industry has already been decimated by climate change policies that have followed on from the “grocer’s daughter’s” asset stripping of all profitable industry. I must agree with A C Osborn that my initial optimism about our new PM is now gone: normal Tory service will resume asap.

    They must have heard that Paul was on holiday.

  8. Rowland Pantling permalink
    August 3, 2016 5:03 pm

    It all comes from our new global government, the UN. We are no doubt secretly signed up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – an extension of Agenda 21. The Lima Declaration 2008 also has a bit to play.

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