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Yeo fights on

The news on Twitter is that Tim Yeo has sounded out support in his constituency and is confident enough to put the question of his standing for the party at the next election to a ballot.

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What frightens me is that the average voter may well vote him back in: “Well, we know him, and he’s a nice guy, really…”

Dec 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterRadical Rodent

You would have thought he would be happy to be Lord Yeo of Troughertown.

Dec 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterIvor Ward

You do not expect him to give up his MP's salary & expenses, his select committee payment and the large payments for consultancy?

He will do what he can to preserve his very comfortable lifestyle.

Dec 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterConfusedPhoton

Even Ceaușescu had initial difficulty accepting his declining popularity.

Dec 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

For the first time, energy with rent costs are top of the list for households.

Givem Tim's already poor reputation locally and his association with high energy costs nationally, if he stands again it will be a gift to the other parties all round. The national Conservative party must see that if by some chance he is reselected, then this 8,000majority, 30 year constituency, is under a very real threat. The persona of 'Trougher Tim' is a damaging legacy to a government tarnished with charges of pandering to lobbyists and self interest groups.

Dec 11, 2013 at 3:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Whalley

Given that the man is a shameless shit of the old school, nakedly greedy, smug, dismissive and contemptuous, it can hardly be a surprise that he is attempting to remain as an MP. Even Evelyn Waugh might have struggled to do justice to Yeo's insouciant cynicism.

Dec 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM | Unregistered Commenteragouts

Thought we were supposed to be getting powers to sack MPs promised at the last election

Dec 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterJaceF

I have been saying it for years but the average brit is as thick as two short planks and there are some planks more intelligent than the worst brit.
The politicians have been using this knowledge for years and Yeo is just another in the line of deceitful polis.

Dec 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

UK government criticised for Soviet style energy planning without knowing what they were doing:

Dec 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM | Unregistered Commentermydogsgotnonose

"sounded out support in his constituency"

I wonder who he asked? I can't see his local party being too cooperative even if he does get himself back onto the ballot paper, given that they didn't want him there!

My guess is that he is so arrogant and detached that the deselection came as a bolt from the blue, and he's now calculated the consequent effect on trough futures...

Dec 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Dec 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM | Unregistered Commenter agouts

+10 : pure poetry.

Dec 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterGummerMustGo

Unless he's underestimating his party members.
Et tu, Brute?

Lets see whether their smart enough to dump him.
Maybe their not.
Their decision I suppose, but, if he's back we know for certain we have a political Oligarchy in the UK, not anything that even vaguely passes for democracy,

Dec 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM | Unregistered Commenterc777

The local paper, The East Anglian Daily Times, is a fully paid up member of the church of man made climate change, so even though it leans to the left, it will support Yeo, and that makes a lot of difference.

Dec 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM | Unregistered Commentermike fowle

mike fowle:
"The local paper, The East Anglian Daily Times, is a fully paid up member of the church of man made climate change... "

The EADT wlll publish letters pointing out the mistakes made in regard of climate change and also letters opposing renewables, but it also has a regular 'green' energy supplement, with renewable energy advertisers and other sponsored material. There are some columnists, such as Paul Geater, who are pro-AGW, but their main motive is financial gain.

Dec 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Whalley

Postal ballot in New Year by 600 members of the South Suffolk Conservatives. (If they're still there)

Dec 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

He must know a lot of closets where the skeletons are...

Dec 12, 2013 at 2:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterATheoK

Steven Whalley (obviously another East Anglian resident), true. Indeed in today's edition there are a couple of letters ridiculing a recent letter from a Green Party chap who claimed that the St Jude's Day storm and the tidal surge were due to fossil fuels. On the other hand the front page gives very sympathetic coverage to Yeo. And of course the Environment supplement every Saturday contains pages and pages of propaganda.

Dec 12, 2013 at 8:09 AM | Unregistered Commentermike fowle

I was away when the Yeo story broke and when I heard it I cheered, it was the best news since the end on the Korean War. I knew of him in the 1980s and early 90s and he was a self serving ignoramus then. Best they keep out for good.

Dec 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall

Re the EADT - it's a sister to the Eastern Daily Press which has similar views. I've just submitted a rebuttal to yet another emotive diatribe in favour of wind, which was given the pride of place on today's letters page. The EDP, along with the Norwich Evening News and the Ipswich Star, all come under the Archant umbrella, and much the same articles and advertisers tend to appear in all titles, with just small variations to suit each local market. I get the distinct impression that they only allow a certain amount of anti - renewable comment, so as not to upset their financial supporters, and backers.

Dec 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM | Unregistered Commenterdave ward

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