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Booker On Gummer Scandal

February 9, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

 

Booker’s column in the Telegraph today follows up David Rose’s revelations about Gummer’s undeclared income from his renewable cronies:

 

 

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Awkward questions for climate change supremo 

Last Sunday it was revealed that a small family company run by the chairman of the Climate Change Committee, Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer), had received payments of more than £600,000, mainly from firms involved in renewable energy and electric cars.

To grasp the full significance of this story we must appreciate just how astonishingly influential is the Climate Change Committee (CCC) in driving Britain’s energy policy. It was set up under the  Climate Change Act to advise the Government on how to meet its target of reducing Britain’s CO2 emissions by 80 per cent.

Although the CCC likes to be called “independent” and its website boasts that its members are obliged to “act impartially and objectively”, and must “avoid conflicts of interest”, their record shows why they are all united in pressing the Government to go ever faster and further by every conceivable means, from promoting electric cars and “biomass” to offshore windfarms.

One CCC member is a director of an offshore energy firm. Another works for Drax, which receives annual subsidies of £700 million for converting its power station from coal to biomass. Deben himself, on becoming chairman of the committee in 2012, had to resign as chairman of the company building the world’s largest offshore windfarm.

Yet, of all the payments reportedly made to the Gummer family’s funds, the largest came from a firm heavily involved in electric cars, while others came from firms involved in biofuels and biomass (including Drax), as well as investors in offshore wind.

Deben insists that these payments were for work that didn’t involve climate change issues. According to his lawyer ‘allegations of conflict of interest and other improprieties are wholly false and misconceived”; and he “has, at all times, made disclosures in accordance with the advice he has been given by the House of Lords and the CCC.’

Make of this what you will. But now all this has been brought to light I know I am far from being alone in suspecting that we have not yet heard the end of this astonishing tale.  

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/02/09/donald-tusk-entirely-right-brexiteers-should-have-had-better/

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14 Comments
  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    February 10, 2019 2:52 am

    I wonder if John Gummer was born without ethical consideration (scruple) or if the money coming his way overwhelmed such things? How could he reach the age of reason without knowing of the Golden Rule?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      February 10, 2019 8:58 am

      He takes the money because he believes. He doesn’t believe because he takes the money. Its like a Labour taking money from a union. But it is that that makes him totally unsuitable for the role. A determined and convinced Alarmist deciding whether Alarmism us correct!!!

  2. Graeme No.3 permalink
    February 10, 2019 6:00 am

    Do you mean “get lots of Gold before you make a Rule”?

    • Paul H permalink
      February 10, 2019 11:36 am

      Or, he who has the gold makes the rules

  3. Phoenix44 permalink
    February 10, 2019 8:55 am

    The problem is not really the money – I don’t believe Gummer pushes his policies because he is paid to – but what it reveals about his beliefs. He takes the money because he is absolutely convinced about climate change and the solutions to the problem. That makes him utterly partial and utterly biased, and thus utterly unsuitable to chairman of a committee that should be listening to all views and all solutions.

    But of course the committee is a farce anyway. It has zero interest in investigating Alarmist claims and zero interest in hearing from real economists about the best way to tackle the problems. It is a facade, pretend good government. And they wonder why people vote for Brexit and hare the elites?

  4. February 10, 2019 9:07 am

    Deben insists that these payments were for work that didn’t involve climate change issues.

    True, but not for the reasons he thinks.

  5. Athelstan permalink
    February 10, 2019 9:17 am

    “Deben insists that these payments were for work that didn’t involve climate change issues”

    “insists”

    well he would do, wouldn’t he?

    the corporate blob and green advocates require desperate and venal rats/men to keep the great green ‘investment’ scam going.

    Yet, the major part of this problem, as we observe and all across the board in the UK administration stealing its way into the judiciary, even if they had a clue about the basic tenets of decency and ethical behaviours, and all modesty booted hard aside. The green agenda even if its run by bent as hell shills – it’s all good, who needs principles when good old fraud, bribery, peculation and green hypocrisy is always acceptable that’s what also 45 years of the EU facilitated: no morals and it you want them then the taxpayer will pay!

  6. 4 Eyes permalink
    February 10, 2019 9:17 am

    Always – always – follow the money. Tip of an iceberg.

  7. Coeur de Lion permalink
    February 10, 2019 9:26 am

    And yet the Synod of the Church of England is fully behind the activities of these partial placemen and their dishonesties. They foresee a ‘carbon free’ world by the end of the century with billions of destitute and starving people

  8. George Lawson permalink
    February 10, 2019 9:42 am

    ‘Deben insists that these payments were for work that didn’t involve climate change issues’
    Then he should tell us what work he received the payments for..

  9. Ian permalink
    February 10, 2019 9:58 am

    As it happens, I’m part way through Booker’s excellent (and terrifying) book on the EU – The Great Deception – and have just got to the part where Gummer, as he was then, in the Min of Ag, presided over the destruction of the fishing and farming industries under CAP. He’s a very dangerous man. Zealotry in EU matters was just as rampant as in CC issues and probably even more expensive for UK taxpayers, and using similar methods.

  10. Dave Ward permalink
    February 10, 2019 11:40 am

    Although the CCC likes to be called “independent” and its website boasts that its members are obliged to “act impartially and objectively”, and must “avoid conflicts of interest”

    Just like the House Of Commons Speaker, John Bercow…

  11. February 10, 2019 8:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Roald J. Larsen and commented:
    Everything “Green” is Fraud!

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