August 28th, 2012

Tim Yeo’s Heathrow to China Bonanza

Green lobbyist and part-time MP Tim Yeo has taken a break from the golf course to make some waves today by calling for an expansion of Heathrow airport. Writing in this morning’s Telegraph, his main gripe seems to be that he can’t fly directly to some parts of China:

What better way to kick-start Britain’s sluggish economy than by boosting trade with China? Perhaps with Chongqing, with 28 million consumers, many enjoying rising incomes. Or Chengdu, with 14 million. Or how about Wuhan, with 10 million? We could not only boost exports – we currently sell more to Ireland than to China, whose population is 250 times bigger – but might also tap into the bulging coffers of the Chinese for some job-creating investment in Britain. There’s just one problem: you can’t fly directly to those three cities. Getting to and from China is harder from Britain than from our competitors.

While he does broadly make a good point, Yeo is not one to intervene unless he has a dog in the fight. So imagine Guido’s surprise at some other news today from Biofuels International:

“Developer of second generation biofuels technology TMO Renewables has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the authorities of Heilongjiang, China. The MoU will see TMO provide long-term large volume biomass feedstock supply for future bio-fuel production facilities from Heilongjiang State Farm, the largest state owned farming corporation in China.”

And who is the well paid Chairman of TMO Renewables? Step forward one Mr. Tim Yeo. The day his company sign a new deal in China, Yeo uses his position as Chairman of the Energy Select Committee to lobby for more direct flights from London to China.

The man is shameless…


Sky’s Jon Craig is yet another satisfied reader…


  1. 1
    Labourite says:

    It was opportunistic by Tories to oppose the expansion of Heathrow when Labour was in power, and it make no sense to stick to that decision now. The future of UK trade is a bit more important than some worries of ‘enviromentalists’.

    There are solutions for enviromental concerns, and keeping Heathrow as it is is definitely not a solution.


    • 10
      Zoe Williams, Guardianista and late night paper reviewer says:

      You may think him shameless but in my book as long as it is in the cause of the green religion then it is perfectly acceptable.


      • 13
        SP4BS says:

        I’ve never heard of the green religion that wants plenty of direct flights to all chinese cities.


        • 15
          jgm2 says:

          Flights that would make even more economic sense if there wasn’t 400 quid ‘green tax’ loaded on to the cost of every fucking ticket.


          • All politicians are psychopaths says:

            As I have stated many times before, Yeo displays classic signs of psychopathy. Manipulative for his own ends. He’s a user of people and only see them as a means to an end. Psychopathy can’t be treated, so he will repeat offend time after time.

            Interesting Guido used the term shameless. Psychopaths don’t care what others think of them. They lack empathy for others…it’s just not in their DNA.


          • Aunt Mat says:

            Tories are breaking ranks.

            They realise that they have already lost the next election, and are now grabbing whatever they can with both hands.

            Someone look after the silverware, it will be gone soon.


          • Scum Spotter says:

            Yeo, you are a putrid piece of scum.


          • Forkbender says:

            Well you see to agree that Timothy is a comlete Huhne


          • Forkbender says:



        • 32
          Plato says:

          All those people in China have only one reason for coming here, and it isn’t to do us some good.

          Let us not make it easy for them to take over UK Plc.


        • 38
          鼠标巢汤 says:

          Do takeaways not also deliver ?


        • 58
          ilma says:

          I think Zoe was being ironic.


      • 84
        ancientpopeye says:

        Nothing to do with green religion or any other religion. It’s all to do with this money grubbing scum-bag, using his position to line his own pockets.
        Sack him Dave, sorry, forgot, you don’t have the guts for that.


  2. 2
    jgm2 says:

    So climate change champion and windfarm beneficiary Tim Yeo wants to punch bloody great holes in the atmosphere with nasty polluting planes?


  3. 3

    Yep – self interest at the heart of this.

    But isn’t all Capitalism ultimately based on self interest? How would he know that you couldn’t directly access these markets unless he had either personal experience, or the experience of a constituent that afforded him this knowledge?

    I’m no YoYo fan or apologist – but is he right to point this out, regardless of his self interest in the outcome?


  4. 4
    Yo Yeo! says:

    To all single mothers out there made preggers by politicians, I’d just like to say: Yeo!


  5. 5
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Coupled with Booker’s excellent piece in Sunday’s Tittygraph ( ), Yeo isn’t just shameless, he’s out-and-out bent.

    At least Byers tried to be discreet about it.


  6. 7
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    Making money from shrewd consumers is disgusting, taking money from hardworking low income taxpayers is very exciting!


  7. 8
    Deadwood Miliband says:

    yeo thingle muther fucker.


  8. 9
    Anonymous says:

    The answer is that dave eats a lot of cheese.
    That said yeo really is a five star …


  9. 11
    Mark T says:

    you have to admire the reach of the BAA/BA and Virgin lobbyists. The problem with the UK is not that we don’t have enough flights to China – if we include Hong Kong we have more than anyone – it’s a problem for Tim Yeo and anyone trying to create a hub and spoke airport at Heathrow. Their profits our pollution (air and noise) – people forget a third runway would have planes flying at 4 30 am over pretty much every part of london not just Richmond. Also, funny how Virgin have just announced 6 slots to go to Manchester now they lost the train line. Thought there were no slots free for all this vital trade? Finally have to wonder how many of the recently converted MPs are on the ‘secret’ upgrade lists run by BA and Virgin? We know most of the deadtree press take so much advertising from them that they are pretty much ‘owned’ by the airlines, sounds like MPs too. As P J O’Rourke once said, ” if Politicians decide what can be bought and sold, the first things to be bought are the politicians”


  10. 14
    Boris says:

    Look the only sensible option is to build a new Thames Estuary airport with road, rail and shipping links.


    • 23
      alfred hitchcock says:

      The Birds!


    • 33
      Stevenson says:

      No houses to fly over, no homes to compulsory purchase, direct rail and sea links into Europe, prevailing wind will blow the aviation fumes in France. Makes perfect sense so it will never be built.


    • 91
      Anonymous says:

      A Thames Estuary airport, and how do we get to it.
      Flog it all the way into London, to trapse all the way out the other side.

      LHR is a shambles, always has been. The shambles started the day some idiot put buildings in the middle of the green bit, you know, where the aircraft go.

      T-4 was built on the southside, among all the cargo shambles.

      Then T-5 was built at the west end of the green bit, instead of along the northside of the airfield. Building down as well as up, gives all the space required.

      Then T-1-2-3, could have follwed suit, Hey presto a third runway to give flexibilty for take-offs and landings would have been possible.

      Now that RAF Lynham has become free, the chance emerges for some re-organisation, taking all LHR cargo for example.

      London per se, is not short of runways, two at LHR, and others at Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead.

      What London is short of is inter-connection between them. Railways that can handle passengers AND THEIR LUGGAGE.

      Another nonsense is the following.
      BA and SA fly four times a day to/from Oslo, using low capacity aircraft. Theses services fly at very similar times.
      So why not re-organise where the two airlines put their heads together and fly larger aircraft, reducing the number of flights by half.
      Repeat the process for all the other capital cities in Europe, and hey presto airport capacity is recovered.
      There is the need for some detailed common sense.
      Having lived on the river at Staines, the last thing households within earshot of LHR needs is more noise.


    • 95
      Fish says:

      Ah! the Thames Estuary airport. 80 miles east of Heathrow, meaning the whole of the popuation having to traipse across to the other side of Lonon to reach the UK’s only hub.

      Can you just imagine the outcry, closing LHR down. It’s Barking well it’s not actually – It’s a long way from Barking.

      That said at least Ryanair will be able to start selling flights to Amsterdam (Boris Island)


  11. 16
    Al Gore (The 'orrible truth) says:

    Back off Tim there is only enough room for one swinging dick on this gravy plane.


  12. 17
    George Dubya says:

    Yeo Blair.


  13. 19
    Gordon Balls & Tony Miliband says:

    We fucking hate each other!


  14. 20
    The Sheikh Of Arabee says:

    Yeo is a fucking corrupt turd, and yet another utterly fucking compelling reason not to vote for that fucking shiny-foreheaded public school fucking wankstain of a PR merchant and that downright fucking creepy twat Osborne and their fucking pathetic excuse for a party.

    UKIP all the way. I don’t give a flying fuck if it splits the Tory vote and lets that fucking droning mong and his useless fucking mob in; in four years they’ll have fucked it up again, the Tories will have grown a fucking pair and got rid of the “Cameroons” (aren’t they a species of monkey that throws shit at each other as a courtship ritual before doing each other up the arse? Sounds about right for the ex-Bullingdon scrotum-lickers) and finally we will be free of Londonistan-centric fucking wishy-washy bedwetting Guardianista politics and we can get this country back on track.


  15. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Strange that Jim Naughtie on the Today programme didn’t inform us of these connections this morning, tardy lefty wanker.


    • 25
      Mornington Crescent says:

      And Peter Woods’ Love Child was having an orgasm over some Labour announcement or other – don’t ask me what, I turned the radio off as soon as I heard his triumphant “it’s Labour!”. Journalist, my arse.


  16. 24
    Penfold says:

    This man is shameless, he is so unprincipled he will be ideal, he must be our new leader.


  17. 26
    annette curton says:

    Thought the whole concept of bio-fuels had been discredited years ago any way by most people, all that happens is food producing agricultural land is lost and rain forest gets chopped down, the fuel, if you take into account all the processing involved and the emissions that are still released when it is burnt it turns out to be not very Green after all, result in Europe from another stupid arbitrary EU directive playing about with 15 % of by 2020 or whatever, total bollocks!.


  18. 28
    Dave says:

    Pass the cheese.


  19. 31
    Common Sense says:

    Why not build the 3rd runway to solve the immediate problem, whilst building Boris Island for the long term.

    You could sell the idea of the 3rd runway by lying to the anti-lobby that it will be temporary until Boris Island is operational – Simples!


    • 79
      Forkbender says:

      As far I am concerned they concrete over all London and have as many runways as they like, as long London pays for it all and does not expect the rest of the country to pay for it.


  20. 37
    phil says:

    O M G these creatures have no shame…utterly despicable,they have no shame and care nothing how many lives they ruomn in yhe nrver ending pursuit of money..parliament is just a sham now


  21. 41
    Max says:

    I knew there had to be a personal interest in this for Timmy.

    Thanks for digging it out for me, GF.

    Why is this git still an MP anyway? Wasn’t being one of the original sleaze merchants enough to finish him?


  22. 42
    Rottingdean publicity official says:

    Every notable seaside destination has an airport nearby. I demand (said in an uneducated, menacing way a la the great unions in good ol’ RSA) that we have an airport built here by the resort of Brighton! (knock down Hove!)


  23. 43
    Anonymous says:

    Tory is as Tory does.


  24. 46
    DZ says:

    Tim Yeo is another Socialist who mixes his State position with private interests


  25. 49
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    I’m busy writing a sequel to my bestseller “Beyond the Crash”, it’s going to be called “How to Get Paid for Doing Fuck All” – anyone want to order advanced copies now???


  26. 61
    HenryV says:

    Isn’t another runway a bit behind the times rather like the new rail link? Or are GoToMeeting, Google HangOuts, and Skype video calls etc. all flash in the pans? I hope so I look forward to the return of dial telephones, proper post, etc.

    INVEST IN BROADBAND. INVEST IN REACTION ENGINES LIMITED (so we can have cheap comms satellites)

    One less runway means less of the world’s unwashed arriving here too.


    • 78
      himindoors says:

      Couldn’t agree more, by the time these grand projects (HS2,New London air hub) are up and running telepresence technologies will be improved to the point where a lot of business travel will just not be required anymore.
      Chuck the money at developing the tech and infrastructure instead.
      In the world of systems support, remote tools like webex have pretty much removed the need for onsite visits in the space of a few years….


      • 89

        Yeah – that’s what the Yanks thought before “Desert Storm – the Sequel”.

        Who needs human presence intel, when you an have SIGINT and electronic intel.

        Remind me how that all went? And, indeed, is still going?


        • 90
          HenryV says:

          Considering the US is still the world’s sole superpower I think it is going pretty well………

          Most who travel for business acknowledge it is a waste of time. And it costs. Three hours to London from here. 3 hour meeting and lunch. 3 hours back up the motorway. Yes that really is good way to spend a day. Go by train and work on the way down? Um. Why not stay in the office and video call. How much electric does a 24″ monitor use these days? 40w? .5p an hour. 4p a day. 80p a month (4 weeks x 5 working days) Petrol at £6 gallon. A train ticket how much? Yes travelling really makes sense. Not saying that all business travel can be stopped, but the impact of tele presence will really cut in to the need.

          Another thing to consider is that the hi-tech companies we want to attract are global and probably have workforces more open and comfortable with tele presence.

          No we would be better spending money on broadband infrastructure.


          • wishee-woshee-nohsohwell says:

            I am flinkin mistah tim is a lite tawly irriot

            lich peepul shuh give many dorrahs to poor peepul

            [buh norreenuff to make DEM lich awso, uvverwise ih doan wurk]



  27. 62
    BAA BAA Blacksheep says:

    Heathrow is a dump. Many northerners are forced to travel via Heathrow as BA and Virgin do not offer many flights direct from say Manchester. Heathrow is of course full and can’t handle flights to emerging markets like China. So where do BA and Beardy assign vacant slots from BMI? … Heathrow-> Manchester and Heathrow-> Glasgow – now I wasn’t great at geography, but even I know that these two destinations are some distance away from China.

    Heathrow is always just one major plane crash from closing. Imagine the fury if a plane accidentally (or deliberately) crashed into Buck House or Palace of Westminster.

    An extra short runway at Heathrow would only be able to handle short-haul fights – precisely those that should be being made by rail.

    The capacity problem can be easily and cheaply cured by using existing airports and RAF Lyneham which has a population used to aircraft noise and also a decent sized runway with lots of empty housing.


    • 73
      jgm2 says:

      Many northerners are forced to travel via Heathrow

      When I lived in Fucking Scotland there were even less direct flights to places you’d choose to go. So you’d transit through London. Or, increasingly I didn’t. Because you’d get hit for one lot of APT to travel to London then another (much bigger) amount to travel further afield. It was often much cheaper to fly via AMS or CDG or FRA.

      So we did. And I speculate that a lot of folk from up North and Fucking Scotland do so too. If I were BA I’d be fuming that we were losing out on lucrative domestic long-haul traffic due to the insane rates of APD. I bet Amsterdam, CDG and Frankfurt are delighted though.

      If the Isle of Man is exempt from UK Air Passenger Duty (is it?) then somebody is missing a hell of a trick by not starting up a hub on Douglas and flying folk in from regional airports and onwards to the rest of the world. They could undercut BA, Virgin etc by hundreds of pounds per ticket.


    • 82
      Forkbender says:

      “Heathrow is always just one major plane crash from closing. Imagine the fury if a plane accidentally (or deliberately) crashed into Palace of Westminster”, I think there is some fond imagining there. Why London for heaven sake, it has 3 large airports in its immediate vicinity and the potential of Borus’s thames airport, I know it is the only place immigrants know of in the UK and Cammers, Gideon & Co (employment agents) want a lot of low paid workers to do all those nasty dirty jobs


  28. 64
    Biggles says:

    Heathrow has flights to about 180 destinations including such leading financial centres as Lusaka.

    If they are pushed for space why don’t they drop some of the less important places and free up lots of space for new destinations?


    • 67
      BA BA Blacksheep says:

      Ah.. well… that would be far too sensible.

      We have our maintennace at Heathrow, so we make more money by having virtually all our flights from there. We could fly from Manchester or Birmingham or Luton, but hell, we make so much more dosh by concentrating everyone at Heathrow,


    • 68
      BA BA Blacksheep says:

      Also there are quite a number of short-haul flights and a large proportion of hoilday flights which could easily be accomodated at other UK airports – shortage of capacity for business travel NOT.


    • 86
      ho hum says:

      Biggles old fellow, if you remember, in our day Lusaka was BCal from Gatwick. Tally ho!!


  29. 69
    Willer says:

    Wouldn’t a third runway help pretty much any company in the UK of which MPs are directors of?


  30. 80
    Anonymous says:

    Why must we even think about expanding air capacity?We are a tiny island and whatever air capacity we have we can never compete in trade with giants like China,Brazil and India.Nor should we want to.
    When is expansion in GB ever going to end?It is so thoughtless and unfair to those of us that have no voice or influence. Our so called elite and our politicians run this country for their own vested interests. I hope that one day we will have caring leaders who will put the health and welfare of the general public before all else.


    • 83
      Forkbender says:

      I think MPs should be made to resign from any company boards and have no commercial interests so that they can view every situation as they arise with an objective eye


  31. 85
    Devon dumpling says:

    I don’t miss the Tim Yei golfing column in he FT – for which I guess he was paid.


  32. 93
    TGF UKIP says:

    Mr Bo’s missus got the wrong Brit


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