Monday, July 23, 2012

Yeo’s Green Greed Triggers Blue on Blue

+++ CPS to Announce Decision on Phone-Hacking Charges Tomorrow +++

Palin Gay Scandal

Another day, another Sarah Palin mess.  Her three-year-old grandson used a gay slur in a reality TV show. Tripp Palin, the son of 21-year-old Bristol, screamed at his aunt Willow: “Go away you f*ggot!”

Bristol and Willow responded by laughing and warning the troublesome tot: “God is watching you“.

And the rest of the world…

Twitter Witch Hunt Latest

Media Boss Launches Witch Hunt Over Twitter Parody
Read US Subpoena Served to Twitter

Media watchers will have followed last week’s Kafkaesque story that Northcliffe Media, the Daily Mail subsidiary newspaper group, are taking legal action against the owner of a spoof account parodying chief executive Steve Auckland. Twitter were handed a subpoena in California ordering them to release all records held on the anonymous tweeter after Northcliffe failed to see the funny side. The deadline against twitter is next week, and Guido has got hold of the subpoena:

Guido understands that Auckland has launched a witch hunt to determine if the tweeter is either an employee or being fed information from inside one of their newsrooms. A number of a senior executives have been questioned over their knowledge of the account and whether they have had any involvement with it, while IT sweeps have taken place to try and establish where the tweeter is getting his information. The sense of humour failure of the century. 

David Gauke’s Wife is Tax Avoidance Lawyer

This morning Guido named and shamed Treasury minister David Gauke – in his own words – as “morally repugnant” to be criticising others for their tax arrangements, but it doesn’t stop there. It turn’s out that Gauke’s wife Rachel is a professional support lawyer for Lexis Nexis, a company which boasts of its ability to “support every tax practitioner on the front line as they deal with the tax collector“. According to her personal profile Rachel “specialises in corporate tax law…and has advised on corporate restructurings, M&A, investment funds and finance“. Sounds like it an awkward weekend in the Gauke household…

Why Tim Yeo is Really Upset About Green Cuts

Guido’s old adversary Tim Yeo has been flying the green flag once again this morning, laying into George Osborne for failing to back renewable energy. Yeo sided with Energy Secretary Ed Davey in his dispute with the Treasury: “They are working particularly to target some Conservative backbenchers, pursuing a policy designed to prove that they are not going to get into so-called costly green initiatives. It is extraordinary.”

Rather more extraordinary is the vast amount of money Tim rakes in from his personal investments in green companies. In the past twelve months Yeo has made over £60k as chairman of TMO Renewables, a company which develops and supplies technology for second generation biofuels. He is also chair of AFC Energy, an alkaline fuel cell technology that pays him over £50k per year. Guido has visited this before:

Given that Yeo makes over £100,000 each year from private green investments, using his role  to lobby on behalf of the industry for subsidies represents a serious conflict of interest. This is the Chairman of the Energy Select Committee.  Replace the words “green” with “oil”…

Cameron Promotes Rebel to Replace Sacked Rebel

Hear the one about terrible party management? ConservativeHome is reporting that Stuart Andrew will replace Lords reform rebel Angie Bray as Francis Maude’s PPS. Eric Joyce’s drunken headbutt victim, who has himself rebelled over the EU, leap-frogs the dwindling number of Tory MPs who have stayed loyal to Dave since the Coalition took office. This looks like a peace-offering but a dangerous one for the Party leadership – there is no disguising that disloyalty is being rewarded. 

UPDATE:

Yesterday’s Daily Star Sunday Column Now Online

If you had picked up your Daily Star Sunday yesterday you would already know about ‘NSIT’ MPs, more reshuffle ammo, Harman V Maggie and Dave when he wanted a referendum.

Guido’s Sunday column is on holiday for August but back in time for the reshuffle…

Yesterday’s column is now online here.


Seen Elsewhere

More Owen Jones Errors | Michael Ezra
Why Should Men Get Equal Maternity Leave? | Laura Keynes
Dentists Have Last Laugh Over Sneering Keynes | FT
Why’s Clegg Giving Men Paternity Leave? | Conservative Women
Cam Cannot Stem EU Immigration | David Keighley
9 Mansion Tax Questions for Ed Balls | TPA
Politicians are Lying to You About Immigration | Alex Wickham
Give Journalists Public Interest Defence in Law | Guardian
Cameron is Going to Have to Deal With UKIP | Dan Hodges
Opinions on Key Issues By Constituency | Red Box
Britain Irrelevant Inside EU | Dan Hannan


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Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:

“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”



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Great to hear Carswell call for inclusive policies and that UKIP must stand for first and second generation immigrants as much as the English.


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