by Robert Maynard
With the scientific evidence contradicting the claims of the “green Lobby”, cronyism is increasingly the method used to push their favored policies. From Obama and Solyndra to Shumlin and Blittersdorf, we have become familiar with the special political treatment that politically connected so-called green businesses receive. It looks like this phenomenon is global as a political official in London was recently caught on film “boasting that he can be paid to introduce businessman to members of the Government.” For the full story, check out the Sunday edition of the Telegraph UK. Here is an excerpt:
Tim Yeo, the chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, also said he had coached John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, before the executive gave evidence to the committee last month. Yeo is a paid director and shareholder of Eurotunnel — the firm’s parent company.
Mr Yeo was filmed by undercover reporters working for The Sunday Times saying: “I told him [Mr Smith] in advance what to say. Ha-ha.”
When asked if he would be interested in a £7,000-a-day consultancy contract with a solar company, the MP said: “If you want to meet the right people, I can facilitate all those introductions and I use the knowledge I get from what is quite an active network of connections.”
The reporters queried if this included Government figures. Mr Yeo replied “Yes”.
The House of Commons’ code of conduct forbids MPs from acting as paid advocates, including by lobbying ministers.