August 17th, 2012

Taxi For Tim Yeo
Green Tory’s Dodgy Wheeler Deal

Conflicts of interest and Tim Yeo seem to go hand in hand. Readers will remember that Yeo makes over £100,000 per year from green investments all while lobbying the government for subsidies on behalf of the industry, a point Guido has made to the Tory MP in person. Now it turns out the green guzzler has been at it again. 

Back in 2009 London mayor Boris Johnson was lobbied to introduce an Age Limit for taxis with the argument that a restriction on the life of a cab was needed to reduce emissions. Boris agreed and he announced at the 2009 Tory party conference that he was pressing ahead with meeting the tougher standards. Cabbies now needed to buy their new taxis from somewhere, but who could possibly provide them?

Who was competing to supply London’s cabbies with brand-spanking new taxis?  Eco City Vehicles, described as an “established specialist vehicle distributor and a leading after-sales service centre for the London Taxi owner-driver market“.

Eco City Vehicles aim to supply the capital with hundreds of new cabs at around £30,000 each, making the company a fortune. And who is Eco City Vehicles’ chairman? One Tim Yeo MP…


146 Comments

  1. 1
    Spartacus says:

    seems fine to me.

    I think london needs taxis.

    Nothing to see here

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    • 6
      Hang The Bastards says:

      Yeo has always been a self serving shallow thieving bastard.

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    • 21
      Moussa Koussa says:

      Yes – ones made in Britain, sustaining British jobs.

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    • 38
      Dan says:

      Same old Tories, same old Tory sleaze, same old Tory corruption.

      Cameron obviously approves of this – he is probably at it too.

      Same old Tories. Corrupt and sleazy.

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      • 43
        Joss Ayinglike says:

        ‘Politicians are not born. They are excreted.’ Cicero

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      • 46
        Nullbymouth says:

        Ummm what about Blunketts directorships? ID Cards anyone
        Ummm what about Reids directorships? Security anyone

        They are all the same regardless of political colour. Twats the lot of them

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      • 91
        Archer Karcher says:

        If you were honest, which plainly you are not, you would know that all three main parties are at it and all three are up to thier necks in sleaze and corruption.

        The whole green charade is a device to enrich the political class and their corporate and union backers, at the expense of the rest of us.

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    • 101
      Mine d'Boggles says:

      I don’t go to London often, but when I do, and take a taxi, the vehicle is really very noisy. Maybe they last a long time, but the vibration and noise in not really acceptable. And I am talking taxis in 2012.

      So, not surprised that someone (an MP) saw the opportunity.

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  2. 2
    gramma says:

    Handsome cad?

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  3. 3
  4. 4
    SP4BS says:

    “Boris agreed”

    So is he unquestioning lobby fodder, or is it because he thinks some cabs are a bit scummy for him?

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    • 16
      Moussa Koussa says:

      No – one Tory scratching the back of another Tory.

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      • 26
        SP4BS says:

        No good at all jonty, bottom of the class. you could have at least tried to make up a reason why. Or perhaps you could be sneaky and praise Boris for his wonderful green credentials. I know I really shouldnt help you out on such matters, but I am almost feeling sorry for you.

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        • 45
          Moussa Koussa says:

          I don’t know about Boris’s green credentials, because there isn’t a person alive who knows what goes on in Boris’s head. We can guess that his brain is often controlled by his penis.
          It is inconceivable that Boris would have agreed to this if the MP in question was from the Labour Party.

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        • 129
          the savant says:

          and what about you

          are you really s p forbes

          or is that a pseudonym for e r hartley

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      • 47
        RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

        Socialists don’t scratch the back of other socialists – they stab them.

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    • 24
      The Public says:

      The question is, why did Boris agree. What was it that pursuaded him? Were any Olympic-sized envelopes involved?

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  5. 5
    Tim Yeo M.P. says:

    Paying for one’s Love-children isn’t cheap, you know.

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  6. 7
    Andrew Pierce says:

    Thanks Guido. Another easy week.

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  7. 8
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Tags: Tories Sleaze

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    • 17

      Well the motor trade got fuck all help from the tedious, headless chickens that ran the country from 1997 – or is this current economic climate none of their making, you prat.

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      • 35
        Moussa Koussa says:

        Bollocks. Any company with a good business plan gets start-up “grants” (bribes). Labour did this, with the help of the EU, to create employment.
        Remember Ford getting huge “grants” to carry on making gearboxes at Bridgend? The British motor industry thrived under Labour – Rolls-Royce, Mini, Jaguar, Land Rover. All successful companies under a Labour government.

        How many similar success stories have there been under LibCon?

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        • 50
          MacNero, Emperor of Scotland says:

          Ah, yes! The good old British Motor Industry: Rolls-Royce (German); Mini (German); Jaguar (Indian); Land Rover (Indian)

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        • 53
          Hahahahaha... British motor industry says:

          Mini is BMW
          Jaguar-Landrover is one company not two and owned by the Indians
          Rolls-Royce is owned by Volkswagen Group and BMW

          LABOUR LOST GET OVER IT!

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          • Moussa Koussa says:

            Yes I accept all of that, but they MANUFACTURE in the UK, and they all thrived under Labour. This was in response to a post that said that Labour did nothing to help the motor industry.

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          • smoggie says:

            Oh yes the car industry thrived under Labour like when MG Rover went out of business in 2005 losing 6000 British workers their jobs.

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          • Blindfold says:

            Oh right, so now we’d moved on from:-
            “The BRITISH motor industry thrived under Labour”

            To :-
            “MANUFACTURE in the UK, and they all thrived under Labour”

            Please show me the figures for this thriving manufacturing industry in the UK 1997-2010 with taxpayers money going to foreign companies.

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          • The Socialists to Plan English Translation Service says:

            Help the motor industry = Giving taxpayers money to foreign companies.

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        • 54
          Nullbymouth says:

          Nissan

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        • 58
          Educashon Edyoucation Educashon says:

          What a fucking MORON!

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    • 51
      Wotta Tossa says:

      Tags: Libor Lies.

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  8. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Even by the standards of our political classes he is a snarfer of the first order

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  9. 10
    Ah! Monika says:

    Over to yeo Boris.

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  10. 12
    ed martin says:

    caught green-handed?

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  11. 13
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    How can Yeo be chairman of a company and an MP? This has got to stop. Politicians are pissing in our faces.

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    • 19
      Mark Oaten says:

      So what!

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    • 22
      Anonymous says:

      M.P.’s make laws that affect companies, so having direct experience in running one is relevant.

      For the same reason, we need M.P.’s who have experience in teaching; social care; the law; medicine; transport; etc, etc.

      Yeo, of course, is a crook.

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      • 28
        Moussa Koussa says:

        Blatant conflict of interest. The man should go to jail.

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        • 100
          The Socialists to Plan English Translation Service says:

          Blatant conflict of interest. The man should go to jail. = I want that Tory scalp

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      • 31
        Nullbymouth says:

        Incorrect, they only need past experience.
        In order to do a job properly you need to ‘stick with the knitting’ as they say, not be a fucking ‘cab for hire’

        This is exactly why they are despised more and more by the day

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      • 32
        ed martin says:

        …so if we have crooks prisons, police, soc services, DoJ civil self-servants, prison officers, lawyers etc ad nauseam is it not analogous that we should have crooks as MPs?

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    • 30
      Gawd Help Us says:

      I’m getting quite used to being shat upon by them but now they’re beginning to rub it in it’s starting to become objectionable.

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  12. 14
    Not so Timid Meo says:

    And there is only one supplier of spare parts. Hee, hee.

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  13. 22
    Jen The Blue says:

    All part of the Green scam to fleece us. Isn’t that what the whole bogus environmental thing is about? Look at the way energy prices that are rocketing to pay people to desecrate the countryside with useless white elephants and line their pockets.

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  14. 25
    There are too many minorities in my waterpark says:

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  15. 33
    Sir William Waad says:

    ‘Eco City’ sounds like a Semiotics Theme Park. At least the signage would be good, even if the content was very sparse.

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  16. 34
    chris says:

    This current crop make Alan B’stard look honest!

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    • 107
      Hugh Janus says:

      I was about to say that B’stard should be brought back, but after very short reflection I realised that he would seem like a clumsy amateur these days in comparison with the real thieving bastards we elect to represent us….

      Yeo and his ilk are truly the unacceptable faces of British politics. No wonder they rank well below the stuff I scrape off my shoes.

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  17. 36
    Nullbymouth says:

    I’m sure with the addition of a few more letters Tim Yeo would be an acronym for

    ‘Fucking troughing evil little shite, more in tune with lining his own pocket than giving a flying fuck about anything or anyone else’

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  18. 40
    Calamity Clegg from his Biodome in Mallorca says:

    But it is the right thing to do.

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    • 133
      the savant says:

      sorry calamity remind us again… how many women did you putactively lay before meeting your good lady wife…

      thirty was it …
      does nt hold a candle to real men like humperdinck ( three thousand )or Jones the voice ( eighteen hundred that he can remember )

      go away and do some real conquesting before bragging about it to kirsty young on desert island discs

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  19. 42
    Double Tap says:

    And they seriously expect us to vote Conservative again?

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  20. 44
    Dan says:

    If Cameron did not approve of Yeo’s corrution he would do something about it.

    But then again he would then have to do something about Big Agri corruption in the Tory party would he not Mrs Spelman?

    Same old Tory corruption and sleaze.

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  21. 48
    Cringle says:

    He He, One thing about politicians is that they always run true to type.
    I wonder how many (or rather how few) would be politicians if there was no money to be made from it.
    Without expenses, money from lobbyists, advancing the cause of a company for money and a future position there would be no point in being a politician at all.

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  22. 52
    Anonymous says:

    First a tax just for Tim Yeo.

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  23. 55
    Diane Fatbott says:

    But I still can’t get one to stop for me ! Racists !

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    • 106
      The Socialists to Plan English Translation Service says:

      Racists or Wacists = Any white indigenous person, usually male.

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      • 134
        the savant says:

        with or without the condition known in medical circles as

        adenoidus lispsus

        not to be confused with the Lipsius building in brussels which is known in bureaucratic circles as

        the complete fuck up machine

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    • 111
      JH says:

      Maybe ECV could make a special taxi with the rear axle from a quarry truck, to take the load of your fat arse.

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    • 120
      Sir William Waad says:

      You need to tip more than 10p.

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      • 123
        Joe Public says:

        But why do taxicab operatives need to be tipped? We don’t tip bus or train operatives so what’s the difference?

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  24. 56
    lolathebeautiful says:

    He’s my MP. What South Suffolk needs is a decent UKIP challenger. It’ll take work mind.

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  25. 58
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Taxi drivers are a self-reliant and savvy bunch, so how did it take three years for them to ask the right questions?
    Several needed to be asked:
    What tender process was carried out to find these new vehicles?
    Who else bid? EU rules apply.
    Where and in what form was Yeo’s lobbying declared and recorded?
    What gifts, hospitality &c &c, if any, has Boris or London Conservatives received from ECV and One80?
    Why could the older cabs not simply switch to bio-diesel? Scrapping vehicles with a long life ahead of them is a terrible ecological move, even if newer ones are cleaner. Greens should be pointing this out.
    Why were the opposition reps in the Assembly not asking questions from Day 1? What do they draw their pay for? If they could have made this stick to Boris, they might have won the last election (not my idea of a good result, but theirs, surely?)

    Surely it should be someone’s automatic job to look for a dirty little undeclared interest behind everything Yeo says, given his record? Is there no such thing as an ASBO for such people? Or preferably, cropped ears, branding, and a bell around his neck?

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  26. 60
    P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    We are intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich.

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  27. 62
    GK Chesterton says:

    ‘It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged’

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    • 92
      annette curton says:

      They have given us into the hands of the new unhappy lords,
      Lords without anger and honour, who dare not carry their swords.
      They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
      They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
      And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,
      Their doors are shut in the evenings; and they know no songs.

      We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
      Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street.
      It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,
      Our wrath come after Russia’s wrath and our wrath be the worst.
      It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
      God’s scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
      But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
      Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.

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      • 124
        The Mikado says:

        As a composer of light opera many years ago said: I’ve got a little list – and NONE of them’ll be missed.

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        • 135
          the savant says:

          or as ron moody playing fagin would say

          gotta pick a pocket or two boys

          gotta pick a pocket or two

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  28. 63
    Robert Catesby says:

    A quick google finds support for this in a post a few weeks ago at

    http://taxileaks.blogspot.co.uk/2012_07_01_archive.html

    “Boris introduced an Age Limit for London Taxis which will do nothing to reduce emissions as it was purported to do and has put hundreds of Taxi Drivers out of work. The only benefit for the Taxi Age Limit is to increased the sales of new taxis. Boris implemented the Age Limit after it was proposed by his close Conservative colleague Mr Tim Yeo who is Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee. Mr Yeo is also Chairman of Eco City Vehicles who sell the new taxis that drivers are forced to buy at a price of more than £35k”

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    • 125
      Taxi! says:

      London’s taxi operatives proved very effective in a go-very-slow protest around Westminster not long ago. If they wish to get his ridiculous situation reversed, the remedy is in their own hands. I suspect millions of Londoners will support them once the true facts are publicised.

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      • 137
        the savant says:

        taxi drivers are redundant now there s satnav

        now that any emigre with a basic knowledge of pidgin english can ply his vehicle for hire and probabaly get you from land s end to gohn o groats and points north south est and west thereof at the first attempt …….

        ….. who needs the knowledge ??

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  29. 64
    Tim Yeo says:

    Get off this blog and get back to work you lazy bunch of cretins

    Sent from my iPad (property of UK taxpayer)

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  30. 65
    Rick Nobinson says:

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  31. 73
    Non-Nephilim says:

    Yeo loves windmills…except in his own back yard: “Jolly Green Hypocrite: Tory MP earns £140,000 from green firms and wants to carpet Britain wind farms (except in his own back yard)”.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2189492/It-wonder-Tim-Yeos-branded-Jolly-Green-Hypocrite.html#ixzz23nexTsGz

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    • 88
      The Public says:

      Brilliant comment probably penned by Yeo himself …

      This reeks of a fossil-fuel smear. Character assassination of green-leaning public figures is a lobbying specialty. Its written as if the people supporting green energy are simply doing it to impoverish people or make money, of course this isn’t the truth. Its not about money, its about the problems of man-influenced climate change and the need to move away from the finite supply of fossil fuel energy. Both problems are very real and won’t go away unless we do something.

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      • 94
        Non-Nephilim says:

        The man’s a bell end: “‘There are some parts of the country where people are perfectly happy to have onshore wind farms. In parts of Scotland, they are quite popular.’”

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  32. 74

    If you are addicted to the money god you should expect such behaviour in politics. Balancing a thriving capitalist economy with decency, humanity, fair play etc, is no easy task.

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  33. 79
    Chris McDonald says:

    Typical Tory Sleaze – oh no, this looks bad – quick boys, let’s bash a teacher! All better now!
    Chris McDonald
    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

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  34. 80
    Aunty Matter says:

    If this were any other Tory, the BBC and Guardian would be all over it. In fact Zoe Williams (Guardian lesbian) stuck up for Yeo on this the other week saying that it was OK for him to promote his own companies if they were green (she then wanked on about how we’re all going to die because of Carbon Dioxide)

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    • 95
      zoe Williams is a windmill head says:

      She did too. It seems in lefty land corruption is perfectly acceptable if it is green corruption. She is totally brainwashed by her new religion.

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  35. 81
    Penfold says:

    The unacceptable face of lobbying.

    This is a disgrace and Yeo needs to be charged……….with something……..as clearly he has abused his position for financial gain. It’s actually worse than cash for questions, as working people have been put to unnecessary expense with the sole aim of creating a profit.

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  36. 82
    Non-Nephilim says:

    Even if you believe in Anthprogenic Global warming, how much carbon dioxide and other waste products are generated making a new car? But. that’s okay as it’s probably made in China and they’re allowed to pollute and take our industry.
    By the by, did anyone know that Boris’s bike hire was part of a globalist UN ‘Mayoral Scheme’, part of the NWO plan to entirely remove traffic from cities?

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  38. 87
    Yeo must go says:

    He’s also chairman of AFC energy the leading producer of Hydrogen fuel cells. No doubt they were involved in those 5 fuel cell cabs used for the Olympics. The ones that could only be refuelled by taking them down West on a low loader. The Mayor was involved in this too.

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  39. 89
    bergen says:

    I suppose it’s too late for his local association to show some gumption and kick him out.

    They’ve had years to do it and probably deserve the toxic scrounger. These safe seats tend to produce “talents” like Yeo. They know they’ll be re-elected regardless.

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  40. 102
    The Man in the Street says:

    Crook.

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  41. 104
    Johnny says says:

    ‘exclusive distribution rights’ for the Vito taxi in London. I thought such things were no longer allowed in the car industry because it is anti-competitive?

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  42. 105
    Kinnochio says:

    totally tory and utterly unbelievable, that a politician would lobby for gravy train legislation. We international socialsts on the other hand….

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    • 118
      The Welsh Windbag says:

      Me and my dreadful missus campaigned against the EU, but then realised that there was a lot of money to be made from it so we got stuck in – big time.

      We campaigned against the House of Lords, but then realised….

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  43. 114
    despicable says:

    This is the bloke who had the love child, isnt it?
    Untrustworthy.
    Shame on the local Torys who accepted him as their candidate in elections.

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  44. 119
    Taxfodder says:

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  45. 126
    Jess The Dog says:

    MPs should be forced to resign from all second jobs and directorships and dispose of all shareholdings upon taking office. They should be stopped from taking any consultancy jobs or directorships for a five year period after leaving office… or lose the pension.

    There would be no shortage of candidates if such a rule was adopted, and the quality would probably increase markedly.

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  46. 136
    jgm2 says:

    Tim Yeo is a fucking crook.

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  47. 138
    Anthony Steen says:

    Nothing wong with that. They’re all just jealous. I did wather nicely out of public funds for my wurwal weetweet.

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  48. 140
    Carlos says:

    Hey Guido,

    Seems your favourite understudy has been browsing your site again..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2189492/It-wonder-Tim-Yeos-branded-Jolly-Green-Hypocrite.html

    What was that phrase about flattery and plagiarism again??

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  49. 141
    Conrad says:

    A scam commonly practiced on Zimbabwean taxpayers where the Guvmunt legislates some spurious regulation or requirement and the Guvmunt minister’s own companies turn out to be the ones getting the ‘ business ‘ etc etc.

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  50. 142
    Jimbo says:

    And he is still in his job, Cameron is such a weak willed cretin it is unbelievable, If Yeo had said something that was not nice about immigrants ,homosexuals etc he would have been gone by now, but this is the sort of thing that the British public has to put up with. Not only is this Government, undemocratic, anti- white, but supports crime against truth and honesty, Cameron and his motley crew has to go and failure to do so will make them impossible for any decent person to vote for, as it is itdoes seem that Ukip is the only hope for this Country. One must remember Cameron and drugs, also that he supports the idiots of the UAF, it really cannot get any worse, can it ?

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  51. 143
    ancientpopeye says:

    Not being a legal man myself, I would be obliged if someone with greater knowledge of the law than myself could tell me why what Mr Yeo is doing, is not corruption or insider knowledge or something?

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  52. 144
    Bob R says:

    You missed a couple of tags off of this post, viz. Boris and Green totalitarianism.

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  53. 145
    manicbeancounter says:

    Guido,

    The extra salary and the taxi business are nothing compared with changes to subsidy for offshore wind power.
    1. Proposal to change the offshore wind banding rates has been signed off by the Minister. (Page 14 is relevant)
    2. The proposed Atlantic Array will benefit by between £145m and £241m by this change. The impact on offshore wind farms in Britain will be in excess of £1,000m.

    I will try to post up more details later at http://manicbeancounter.com/

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  54. 146
    Sick of the lot of them says:

    I like the London taxi, made by the Coventry firm LTi Limited. Frankly, the Mercedes Vito is just a van with windows. And its German. The Nissan alternative is also a van with windows concept, but at least 50% of it might be British made.

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