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The parliamentary arm of Veolia

When Lord Deben stepped down as chairman of Veolia UK, I did wonder who would take on the role of company "spokesman" in Parliament. Today, Guido reveals that Laurence Robertson, the MP for Tewkesbury, has got himself into trouble for arranging a parliamentary pass for Veolia's PR people. 

How interesting.

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When I saw your link on Twitter, I read it as 'paramilitary'. I had visions of armoured bin lorries driving down Whitehall.

Mar 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterBloke down the pub

When is this country going to step up to the mark & do something about this corruption, full stop!

Mar 3, 2016 at 11:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

Alan the Brit
No interests outside parliament and for 5 years after leaving otherwise the slammer. It's not as if they aren't paid well even as back benchers.

Mar 3, 2016 at 11:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

Germany's Enegiewiende could be winding down, when an MSM outlet like Die Welt posts a strong critique of Germanies insane energy policy you know the wheels are coming off.

"The actual goal of the energy transition - to contribute to climate protection - the policy in the second half of 2015 did not come closer again. On the contrary, carbon dioxide emissions rose from 920 to 925 million tons and remote, thus becoming more of the targeted 2020 target of 750 million tonnes".

OUCH !!!!

Mar 3, 2016 at 11:50 AM | Unregistered Commenterc777

The trouble with that is it goes against a longstanding principle that what you want in parliament is people who know what they're doing and with some experience of the real world.
What you have just now is an endless merry-go-round of policy wonks who know nothing outside politics and even less about what goes on beyond the M25. It was never intended to be this way and the corruption exists because (in my view at least) it is this way. What do you do after Westminster if all you are is a politician?
It's worth remembering the parable of the unjust steward who ingratiated himself with his master's debtors so that when the axe finally fell he would have somewhere to go. Very germane! The modern equivalent is a directorship or a seat in the.House of Lords.
It's worth looking at Robertson's biography here because in reality he appears to be the sort of person that we do want in parliament according to my argument which makes this behaviour a bit puzzling.
Or could simply mean I'm talking rubbish, of course!

Mar 3, 2016 at 11:59 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

@SandyS: It's such a shame though. I know corruption goes on & always will do, especially where taxpayer funding is concerned! They are just reduced to a perfunctory existence in the Westminster bubble, acting out their parts on a grand national stage, as if they have any function left in society in general! There is never an Islamic Fundamentalist terrorist around when one wants one! (Apologies to Mr Shellenberger, not). My favourite scene in the "V for Vendetta" film is the closing one, when the expolsive filled train runs under the HoP & blows it all up, it truly is what they all (well most) deserve!

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

"The leader of Green party stood down this afternoon after being arrested for carrying crystal meth"

no not Caroline Lucas
..It was In Germany says Breibart ..DW has details

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:02 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Is it known how Lobbyists "rate" MP's, and how much it will cost to obtain their enthusiasm?

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:09 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


The leader of the Green party.... not Caroline Lucas..

Actually, the leader of the Green party in the UK is Natalie Bennett - she of the most grating Australian accent ever to contaminate our airwaves....

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1


Apologies - stewgreen..!

Fat fingers....

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

From Stewgreen's link on the German Green Party parliamentary group leader:

The 55-year-old Beck, who did not give up his parliamentary mandate, has served in the Bundestag since 1994 and from 2002 to 2013 was the Greens' parliamentary group leader. In 2013, he raised a furor in Germany when he called for decriminalizing sexual contact with children.
(My emphasis).

So an alleged crystal-meth user, and kiddie-fiddler defender, and that's a Green party parliamentary leader. I wonder what the grass-roots members get up to.

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:33 PM | Registered Commenterlapogus

I seem to recall Lord D defending his interests in Veolia vigorously a while back. I wonder what happened to make him change his mind..?

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:48 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Lapogus, there is a UK bank that would consider such credentials merited high office.

jamesp, would it be part of Tim Yeo's lasting legacy? Their constituencies and interests, covered similar ground.

Mar 3, 2016 at 12:58 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


"Tim Yeo's lasting legacy". I do hope so - there should be a bit more mileage there, too!

Mar 3, 2016 at 1:20 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

What surprises me is the piddling bribe amounts involved for the risk taken. Not enough to cover one's legal bills if prosecuted. Who in Parliament would think it worth doing anything for a measly ten thousand a year? I don't think these are really the kind of small minded crooks one wants to have in parliament.

Mar 3, 2016 at 2:28 PM | Unregistered Commenterchris moffatt

chris moffat ".....who in Parliament thinks ....?" Correct.

jamesp, romantics refer to that area of Suffolk as "Constable Country", something to do with painting pictures, now highly valued. Yeo and Deben are not highly valued any more, despite their images previously attracting money. As for the Constable connection, I am not sure, but await developments further to Yeo's Judgement on matters of Law.

Mar 3, 2016 at 2:50 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


>"Constable Country", something to do with painting

That's what Yeo thought, too.. :-)

Mar 3, 2016 at 3:21 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Looks like Lord Dipin's partner in all things green (and moneymaking) will be back in Court.

Maybe just maybe the corruption is coming back to bite them.

Mar 3, 2016 at 3:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterBitter&Twisted

Bitter&Twisted, following your link...

"Shareholders of TMO Renewable, a collapsed Green Energy Business, chaired by Yeo, have served him with letters before action, for Misrepresentation and Negligence"

How can TMO Renewable, a 'Green Energy Business', have the nerve to sue anyone for Misrepresentation? Could the UK taxpayer sue TMO Renewable, seeking return of any taxpayer grants?

If this gets to court, which bunch of greedy liars will win?

Who was sufficiently negligent to float this lead balloon in the first place?

Mar 3, 2016 at 4:22 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Coincidentally, or, more likely, not, the controversial Harrabin at the so called BBC is today flying the flag by reporting the Energy and Climate Change Committee malefactors pleading, with perverse logic, for the government to keep the subsidy spigot open and gushing: "Give us more green subsidies or your bills will go up".

Mar 3, 2016 at 4:55 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

michael hart, the BBC and Roger Harribin must have missed the perverse logic in heading the story:

"Renewables subsidy cuts could increase energy bills"

To think that the Big Green Blob threaten to put up bills to maintain their lifestyles, if taxpayers won't pay them as much, for something described as "Renewable", hardly fills me with confidence.

Green Protection Racketeering springs to mind. Has the UK and/or EU considered a RICO Law? It is having unforeseen benefits in the USA

Mar 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Mike Jackson ,
I'd be more than happy if all MPs had worked at national wealth creation before standing for parliament, just that they should give up all other income whilst there.

Mar 3, 2016 at 6:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

So, the French corporate black squid tentacles reach right into, moving the pawns in the centre of Westminster, why is the thought of that - so very appealing?

Mike Jackson,

Think, Dave's-Feldman's recent putsch night of the long knives assault on Tory grassroots associations, and how ardent is central office in its ceaseless desire to parachute in their ever so loyal Oxbridge indoctrinated - little Red Lite dahlings.

It is an affront, it is extracting the urine, it is so anti democratic - it smacks of authoritarianism so redolent of Brussels and of course the imprimatur of the: UN-EU-UNESCE-UNEP - whatevah.

Mar 3, 2016 at 7:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

Most mega-wealthy seem to enjoy collecting and training politicians.
Soros, for example, has himself a whole passel of politicians, from the current President down to local county District Attorneys.

Mar 3, 2016 at 9:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterhunter

Talking politics

They asked 100 U S politicians what is the biggest threat to Israel and the Middle East and 99 said one thing and only one said it's obviously not Climate Change.

Ayla guess who that was.

Mar 4, 2016 at 6:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamsiid

Gradually physicists are acknowledging greenhouse radiative forcing is the wrong paradigm altogether.

I know this is hard to take, but we only have to consider the planet Uranus to understand why the whole paradigm that, according to the IPCC, radiation from the colder atmosphere is supposedly producing identical radiation to solar radiation, so, they claim, it can just be added to the solar flux and then the total of the two (a doubled humped distribution of course) can supposedly be entered into Stefan Boltzmann calculators and, bingo, we have 390W/m^2 (after deducting non-radiative cooling) and the blackbody temperature for that is 288K which is about 15°C.

It's all too easy. Or is it? The problem is, there is no solar radiation reaching the base of the 350Km high nominal troposphere of Uranus, and no solid surface either, but it is hotter than Earth's surface down there. Obviously radiation from the cooler regions above cannot heat the warmer regions at the base of that troposphere, and there is no convincing evidence of overall planetary cooling. What really happens will blow your mind and you will be as skeptical as hell! But you will not be able to prove the physics wrong at and in the linked papers, blogs, videos or in my book "Why It's Not Carbon Dioxide After All" on Amazon.

Mar 4, 2016 at 12:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtmospheric Physicist

"The leader of Green party stood down this afternoon after being arrested for carrying crystal meth."

The most common use of crystal meth appears to be extending rave parties and homosexual orgies, usually one and the same.[snip].

Can anything good be said (truthfully) about him?

Mar 5, 2016 at 2:03 AM | Unregistered Commenterdeanfromohio


I expect he claims that all the sacrifices he makes, are for the benefit of the world, and anyone who disagrees is selfish, and doesn't understand him.

Mar 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

The problems of Uranus are not my problems.

Mar 5, 2016 at 9:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterVenusCold

Meanwhile back on planet Eatrth

Pope Francis condemns the murder of four catholic nuns in Yemen

Killed because of Global Warming not their faith then Frankie ?

Mar 7, 2016 at 8:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

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