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I wonder what was said when Steve Sanderson, the Chairman of UK Oil and Gas Investments, met Natalie Bennet at the Horse Hill exploration site this morning?


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NB : can we borrow some propane? it's really cold, our tofu's frozen

Feb 16, 2016 at 1:36 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Seriously, though, Natalie, that car-crash interview, before the election... You were really playing it for laughs, weren't you?

Feb 16, 2016 at 1:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterOwen Morgan

Do we actually give a ...!

Feb 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterEx-expat Colin

Welcome Ms. Bennet, I'm told you're also an expert on boring.

Feb 16, 2016 at 1:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterDave Salt

CEO -'Ideally we would forget this, and harness the greatest power source in the universe'
Bennett -'Fusion ?'
CEO- 'No. your jaw'

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterEternalOptimist

Might Steve have asked Natalie whether she had a pleasant journey without fossil fuels?

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Just because you try to buy only "organic" electricity generated by the wind for household use that does not mean that the country can do without gas!

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Looks to me he's explaining the most direct route to get off the site

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterBLACK PEARL

Joking apart, it looks like a very civilised meeting. He's talking, she's listening. No protesters, no placards - all very grown up. Still like to have heard what was being said, though!

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterCharlie


Sorry, but with her body language (head down, looking away), I think it's more like he's talking, she's ignoring.

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhil R

NB - Gizza' job! I can do that! Gizza' job!

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:56 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Look at the mirroring of the feet and torsos - classic non-threatening body language.

Feb 16, 2016 at 2:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

"You'd like to be my fence??"

Feb 16, 2016 at 3:11 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Probably what René Artois from 'Allo 'Allo! would say to his wife Edith.

Feb 16, 2016 at 3:12 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

NB: No, Steve, it's not Gordon.

Feb 16, 2016 at 3:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

We'll give you a £500 in used notes, dropped off every Friday to your house to pretend you didn't see anything.

Feb 16, 2016 at 3:21 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

"So I can't drill this as it doesn't exist? Tell me more about this Peak Oil idea, Ms Bennett.

It sounds like it's the answer to this Global Warming issue too. All our problems solved so that's very good news, isn't it?

If you just drop me an email I'll get back to my empty hole in the ground.

Run along now..."

Feb 16, 2016 at 3:54 PM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

He's saying, "OK Natalie just stand here and look down the end of that pipe over there. When I turn the valve, you will see for yourself exactly what a flow-rate of 700 barrels per day looks like."

Feb 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM | Registered CommenterSalopian

Do I know you?

Feb 16, 2016 at 4:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterPaul Homewood

CEO: No, it's true, actually. Whenever you breathe or fart, you are releasing CO2 or methane into the atmosphere.
NB: [thinking] Why didn't somebody warn me?

Hello, Natalie, glad to see your parallel career in comedy going so well. Did the idiot who leaked your TV interview before Comic Relief day get the sack, or was that just a warm up routine?

Feb 16, 2016 at 4:36 PM | Unregistered Commentermybrainhurts

Overcast, windless, cold: a picture is worth a thousand words.

Feb 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

What he's really saying is "Come on Natalie, you don't really believe this global warming crap do you?"

Feb 16, 2016 at 4:53 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

NB: "Damn, when the office said I should attend the Oil and Gas Drill, I thought it was our latest demonstration method practice... I brought the chains as well."

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterMedia Hoar

If all the technical, intellectual, and political challenges we face in producing affordable energy supplies, were represented by the distance from here to the centre of the earth, here is the size of your bit of it.

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:06 PM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

"No Natalie. You put the LEFT leg in , then the Left leg out. Try and follow me, and we'll do the hokey Cokey together."

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterIvor Ward

I think Dave Salt wins the prize but -

"Sssss.... Sssssss. Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong."

"What? Buy in to renewables? Nah, I stick with the reliably illuminated side powered by fossil fuels thanks... oh and Nat? You might want to get that nasty wheezing seen to. Probably caused by your renewable wood fire. Nasty stuff, biofuels. Can I give you a lift? The Green Party Death Star is a fair distance away by bike."

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

He's talking about geology and she's just thinking "red trousers, is he mad?''.

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamesG

"You see this oil field ? It used to be herds of giant marsupials until the early Aborigines killed them all."

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterottokring

What he's really saying is "Come on Natalie, you don't really believe this global warming crap do you?"

Feb 16, 2016 at 4:53 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

... and she's mumbling ... well I have to, as without all my congregation I've got no job

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterBLACK PEARL

"Natalie, you must be exhausted after walking all the way here. Let me take that totally-natural-fiber back-pack off you. I like all the locally made clothes you're wearing BTW."

Feb 16, 2016 at 5:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Evans

You could at least have worn green trousers...

Feb 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterOld Goat

Don't really care what they're saying but it's nice to know that there's an executive chairman of a huge conglomerate that has the self-assurance to dress like Beck.

Feb 16, 2016 at 6:36 PM | Unregistered Commenterharkin

Waste of oxygen, waste of space.

Feb 16, 2016 at 6:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterNCC 1701E

The stance is nor mirroring, it's just been a long conversation. Of more interest, they can't even stand to look each other in the face.


Feb 16, 2016 at 6:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterPointman


The stance is nor mirroring,
Correct. One is leaning to the right, the other to the left. Must be subconscious.

Feb 16, 2016 at 7:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

"Have you seen my other glove? It's just like this one and matches my face and trousers."

Feb 16, 2016 at 7:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterRaff

Strewth, Nats, I'm freezing my nuts off here. How's about you rustle up some of that global warming stuff before lunch?

Feb 16, 2016 at 7:49 PM | Unregistered Commentermybrainhurts

Nathalie points out Steve's latest error: Purple jackets and red trousers are for nuclear and diversity events, formless trench coats and bandanas for site visits.

Feb 16, 2016 at 8:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

"This oil... would you like a bath, madam? I am told it is very good for the complexion".

Feb 16, 2016 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterLuther Bl't

He's saying "Look, muppet, its really very simple. The Amber Rudderless sits down with him and offers ten million quid to drill a well, frack it, test it and if its viable to prepare the basic engineering for a few development options, costs them, prepares the environmental impact studies and applies for planning permissions. Of course, we will explain to your muppets that this is only the testing phase but they won't listen so, sorry, but the forces of law and order will have to be brought in to get your muppets to go home. All this will take at least three years then another two years in the planning process by which time the value of hydrocarbons may have risen enough to make shale gas economical. I love you Nat but please F off back to pastures green where these problems don't exist".

Feb 16, 2016 at 8:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterVernonE

Steve: You go right straight through this door here, down the hall...

Natalie: Yeah.

Steve: turn right...

Natalie: Yeah.

Steve: and then there's a little jog there, about thirty feet.

Natalie: A jog?

Steve: jog to the left...

Natalie: A jog? We don't have time for that.


Feb 16, 2016 at 8:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterBad Andrew

Oils ain't oils.

Feb 16, 2016 at 10:21 PM | Unregistered Commentertoorightmate

"Oh, I thought someone said Gordon Bennett"

Feb 16, 2016 at 11:15 PM | Unregistered Commenterson of mulder

We only have limited vacancies right now, I'm afraid.

Feb 17, 2016 at 12:14 AM | Registered CommenterPharos

Bleeting with the enemy

Feb 17, 2016 at 7:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterTwat-terlie Bennett

SS: Natalie, the training was intensive, the sacrifice supreme, but of all our 5th columnists you are the most effective. Your efforts have been noted with Mr Big Oil.

Feb 17, 2016 at 7:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterMedia Hoar


The stance is nor mirroring,
Correct. One is leaning to the right, the other to the left. Must be subconscious."

Have not noticed that that's what happens in a mirror??

Feb 17, 2016 at 8:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

"So you favour the Guardian policy of dropping investment in fossil fuels? Have you seen what my shares did today?"

Feb 17, 2016 at 8:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2


Feb 17, 2016 at 8:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterMorph

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