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On expertise

Poor old Chris Huhne. After losing his position at DECC and spending some time at Her Majesty's pleasure, he is now forced to look for gainful employment elsewhere.

According to his website, this "expert on energy and climate change" is available to speak at public events (and children's parties?).

I can hardly contain my excitement.

But you have to say, in the wake of Dieter Helm's comments about Huhne's disastrous gamble on rising energy prices, you have to wonder whether that's the kind of expert that anyone is going to want to hear from.

Except maybe Gamblers Anonymous.

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Kim Il Huhne

Dec 7, 2015 at 5:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterNCC 1701E

Huhne was notable for wallowing in the politics of hate.

Just have a look at YouTubage of him spewing bile on "deniers"

In the season of goodwill - I'm prepared to make an exception for Huhne.

He wasn't "misguided" he is a devious, dishonest, amorally opportunistic narcissist with delusions of grandeur.

Dec 7, 2015 at 6:02 PM | Registered Commentertomo

'... (and children's parties?)'

Well, personally, I wouldn't let him anywhere near kids ...

Dec 7, 2015 at 6:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Given how much Blair has raked in since leaving office, it would seem that there are always folk out there with more money than sense when it comes to paying to listen to ex-politicians, or employing them as 'consultants'. Then again, perhaps Huhne will end up on some Z-list celebrity reality-TV show. The thought of him in the jungle eating insects has a certain attraction...

Dec 7, 2015 at 6:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveS

Did he not enrol for a useful qualification while inside?

Liberals usually very keen on finding a skill to become a useful member of society.

Dec 7, 2015 at 6:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

"available to speak at public events (and children's parties?)"

He was British Pass the Parcel champion, 2011, just before .. .

Dec 7, 2015 at 6:43 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

There's fifty pounds in the pot from me for a bishop hill event with Chris as the speaker, the Bish as moderator and an extended Q&A session taking up the second half...

Anyone up for that? How much would he charge?


Dec 7, 2015 at 6:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterTonyb

' .... Huhne ... The thought of him in the jungle eating insects has a certain attraction...'

Well, the thought of insects eating him in the jungle is not that unattractive either!

Dec 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterIan E

Well if you forecast the end of snow- "children will not know etc." people still employ you and think you a sage.

Amazing I know but there it is.

Dec 7, 2015 at 7:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterRetired Dave

That has to be a spoof website to give people a larf.

Dec 7, 2015 at 7:40 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

It is mind blowing that this chump can advertise such project manager. Does he know what that means in the real world? It means you can fill in spreadsheets and talk crap for hours on end but know nothing about anything. Believe me us Techies have to listen to fuckwits like this day in day out..

Dec 7, 2015 at 8:05 PM | Unregistered Commenterkevin king

It shows the level to which climate activism is prepared to 'finance' their supporters (including ex and discredited supporters) that Huhne will still not stand up and be counted and expose the scam himself. He's 'lost it all' and could redeem himself (possibly?) but for the wealth STILL to be had by retaining the belief.

Dec 7, 2015 at 9:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterDave_G

If he had any residual worth as a public speaker ... he'd be speaking at COP21, wouldn't he?
Perhaps he is.

Dec 7, 2015 at 9:16 PM | Registered Commentermatthu

If you had Chris Huhne at your children's Christmas Party, dressed as Santa Claus, distributing Carbon (Dioxide) credits, the poor little things would have nightmares for weeks afterwards.

Dec 7, 2015 at 9:46 PM | Unregistered Commenternicholas tesdorf

You do not need to lose any sleep worrying about Huhne's well being . He is well provided for according to Wiki:

"Career since Parliament
Management role

Huhne has taken up a management post with Zilkha Biomass Energy which Selim Zilkha and his son Michael, a contemporary of Huhne's at Westminster, own. He is working in sustainable energy, which has raised concerns that a cosy relationship between ministers (or former ministers) and energy companies may affect renewable energy policy adversely.[85] Huhne will be responsible for, "growing the business in the European Union".[86]

Huhne is a regular contributor for The Guardian newspaper.[87]"-

Like Davey, Yeo and Gummer he has found a comfortable niche within the renewables industry , well supported as it is by the generosity of the UK working families .

Dec 7, 2015 at 10:53 PM | Unregistered Commentermikewaite

What I find incredible is that Huhne is even more stupid than he looks.

Dec 7, 2015 at 11:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterBitter&Twisted

Last month in London I had a couple of hours to fill before travel back to Edinburgh so I had accepted an invite to a renewables finance conference at a multi-venue (very august) location. Arriving late I slipped in at the back of the conference room in time to hear Chris Huhne on a panel on behalf of ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association). I had been too late for his speech but learned that he was the Strategic Advisor for ABDA. Although fascinating, it wasn't quite what I had been expecting. As the conference ended I exited to find the renewable finance conference I should have been at elsewhere in the same building.

I wonder how much he gets paid to be Strategic Advisor? But it was good to find out what Chris is up to these days. Sigh!

Dec 7, 2015 at 11:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterCameron Rose


"delusions of grandeur"

Delusions of adequacy...

Dec 7, 2015 at 11:17 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Please please can we hire him to speak at a sceptic meeting? I'll chip in.

Dec 8, 2015 at 8:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames


don't forget that Huhne ran for leader against Cleggie in 2007 .... so he's aspirational

Dec 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Cameron Rose says:

[...]to hear Chris Huhne on a panel on behalf of ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association).
So Huhne is still talking a load of 'organic matter' then....

Dec 8, 2015 at 9:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

Chris Huhne available to talk at children's parties.

Er CRB check.

Dec 8, 2015 at 1:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

Huhne has left off a couple of other skills he possesses, he's a skilled & confident bare faced liar, & can even do it on oath, if needs be! Splendid fellow, I wonder when we can tell when he is churning out the porkies?

Dec 8, 2015 at 2:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

Alan don't forget Chris Huhne is also a skilled motor racing driver

Handy for whizzing up and down the motorway for when when he needs to get to his many speaking engagements in a hurry to warn us all of the perils of Climate Change and our need to reduce our Carbon Footprint by not flying , having babies .and driving too fast

I've heard his ex wife is pretty good behind the wheel too , but not very good at keeping a secret.

Dec 8, 2015 at 2:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

I used to believe that the prime candidate for the ephithet "odious little man" would forever be Lord John Selwyn Deben of Gummer.

But I had forgotten about Mr / Sir / Lord (delete any that seem unlikely) Christopher Murray Paul-Huhne. Odious Little Man Mk11, perhaps?

I know, I know, ad homs are cheap and less than befitting in this company. Sorry, mea culpa.

Sometimes right on the money, though.

Dec 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterJerryM

From the link he advises the BPVA

I Like this from the Membership tab, they say

"British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) is the National trade association of the UK solar photovoltaic industry. The BPVA is a strong political and commercial organisation and has become the industries favourite platform since formation in 2010. As the most influential and trusted voice of the industry, we have made a significant contribution to the growth of the solar industry in the past few years. We are a fully independent not-for-profit organisation and the only trade association in the UK with 100% focus on solar PV. The BPVA stands for quality and value to its members."

Chris will no doubt fit right in as another "strong political" "trusted voice"

Dec 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM | Unregistered Commenterdougieh

"... (and children's parties?)'

Well, personally, I wouldn't let him anywhere near kids ...
Dec 7, 2015 at 6:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarbara"

A wise precaution; though I believe his Grace meant the 'petting zoo' children's parties. Hopefully the one where the animal trainers use whips.

Dec 9, 2015 at 5:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterATheoK

I also read elsewhere (Yahoo! Finance news) that a certain Gordon Brown has joined the advisory board of an outfit called Pimco, who are (well, are at the moment) the world's largest bond dealer..
He is to advise them on 'economics and politics'...
Now, this is presumably the same Gordon Brown who sold half the UK's gold reserves for about $200/ounce, since when of course gold has consistently been around $1500/ounce; and also declared at the Copenhagen climate conference that we had 'fifty hours to save the world'....

I for one, won't be dealing any bonds through Pimco...

Dec 9, 2015 at 1:28 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

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