September 14th, 2012

Yeo Refuses to Deny He Benefits From Conflicts of Interest

Readers will be aware of how Guido has shone light on Tim Yeo’s conflicts of interest over the last few weeks. Yeo makes a six-figure sum from his green investments while serving as chair of the Energy and Climate Change select committee. When asked this week if used his position to benefit financially Yeo gave a markedly cagey response, going on to accuse Guido of trying to undermine him:

“I do get frustrated when people say, ‘he’s just saying this green stuff in order to promote his businesses’, because the oldest business interest is five years old and no one who’s looked at what I’ve been saying for 20 years can possibly say I’ve changed my views because of that. The pieces I’ve read have not been in the Guardian or the Financial Times, they’ve come from journalists who have very, very strong views of their own. I think they’re looking at ways to undermine my credibility – they can see I’m a rather influential and persuasive advocate of greener policies.”

Note how he dodges the question of whether he benefits financially from the green policies he advocates. No.10 have started to ask questions but still Yeo insists there’s nothing to see here. Though he remains silent on why he stood down from Eco City Vehicles this week. 


  1. 1
    YO! says:

    To all single mums made pregnant by former Tory ministers in the 90s, I say: Yeo!


  2. 2
    Forkbender says:

    Guido do you profit from advertising your column in the Daily Star?


  3. 4
    EffOff says:

    Another slimy trougher.


  4. 5
    Dilligaff says:

    Shone. Employ a sub.


  5. 7
    Bearded raghead in Durka Durka Street says:

    Do not be making funs of our nonce prophet! He was a holy nonce!! Allaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!


  6. 9
    Quisling Dave says:

    I know that man! He’s got some frightfully good ideas!


  7. 10
    smoggie says:

    Yeo’s a Conflict of Interest Deniar.


  8. 12

    Why did you not pick up on Spelman and her interest in bio crops ?

    They are all in this together


    • 14
      jgm2 says:

      Is that bio-fuel crops? I think he (Guido) did pick up on that.


      • 40

        allegedly , her and her husband run Britain’s biggest GM / Bio crop research company , when she became minister for the environment she transferrd her shares into his name


        • 49
          jgm2 says:

          I have no problem with GM crops. Fucking good idea. Improved yield. Cheaper food. Less pictures of African children with flies crawling around their mouths on TV.

          All in favour.

          Safeguards needed of course but essentially a good idea.


          • The sooner we move to “Human 2.0″ the better – Human 1.0 has been a qualified success in the trial stages over the last 150,000 years, but we can do much, much better. GM crops – what do you think selective breeding has been doing in crop farming? It’s just that Pharming does it quicker.



            It’s about conflict of interests not rights or wrongs of GM crops


          • jgm2 says:

            I agree. She should never have been let anywhere near ‘environment’ since she would be so obviously ‘conflicted’. Just as Yeo should have to excuse himself any time there’s a debate on solar or green issues. Because he’s too financially invested in the outcome.

            And as for lawyers passing laws.

            I would ban them from even standing for parliament.


          • Oiveigh says:

            Dave’s grandchildren will benefit from their grandad’s environmental “expertise”.


  9. 13
    jgm2 says:

    think they’re looking at ways to undermine my credibility – they can see I’m a rather influential and persuasive advocate of greener policies.

    I agree 100%. They are looking to undermine you. Because you are in an influential position to pursue these insane ‘green’ policies. And that is costing us all a huge amount of money, making a small fraction of the population insanely rich but at the expense of every other fuckers soaring leccy bills. Which would be border-line acceptable if it would make any fucking difference at all to the environment. But it wont. While we’re breaking ourselves on the wheel of eco-lunacy the Chinese, Yanks, rest of the fucking world is burning nice cheap fossil fuel as quickly as they can pump it out of the ground.

    The madness is compounded by the fact that (even minutely) reducing our consumption of fossil fuels reduces demand (minutely) so actually makes it cheaper for every other fucker to burn.

    It is utter fucking madness.

    I see it in the same way as looking to undermine (say) the Maximum Imbecile – because (at the time) they were in an influential position to pursue their insane economic policy.


    • 17
      the Maximum Imbecile says:

      you calling me insane?


      • 23
        Oh yeah, what happened to that idea ? says:

        Gordon hows your plan to create full employment by employing an army of cavity wall insulators coming along ?


        • 25
          jgm2 says:

          He’s having ‘em deliver laptops to ‘poor’ people instead.

          Did anybody ever get one of these mythical laptops or did some ‘supplier’ just pocket the 200 million?


        • 28
          Pawn Sandwich says:

          Like those HIPS insperctors, £350 for someone to tell you to get more loft insulation. Thanks Mr Blair.


          • jgm2 says:

            Ah yea. Another effort to enforce full employment by inventing another certificate. FENSA. That’s another one. Get your windows fitted by a FENSA registered fitter. And get a FENSA certificate.

            What the fuck was that all about? Some MP work for Pilkingtons or Anglia Windows or something?


          • I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

            HIPS were brilliant. Nothing more typified Parliament’s petty insanity than them.

            We paid over £400 for one. The inspector (read: “clueless tit”) wouldn’t go into the attic (ladder->climb->health n safety->risk->verboten) but nevertheless put “no loft insulation” on his report, even though the loft was fully insulated. And the ‘inspector’ said our home had no double glazing, even though it was fully double glazed. We suspected a copy-and-paste dodgy dossier.

            More than £400. For that. And the buyer never read the HIP, because they’d had one done on their house and their HIP was a pile of crap, too. So they just got a surveyor to check our house, like any normal person.


          • jgm2 says:

            Ah, but surely it came with a couple of bar charts. In colour. ‘Present Energy Efficiency’ ‘Potential Energy Efficiency’.

            A fucking scam of the first order.

            Same as the PV Solar cell scam. When the government was thinking of cutting the subsidy fro 45p (or whatevet) per unit to 20p (or whatever) all these twats with Transit vans and ladders swooning about the place going on about how their industry was being ruined. Ruined I tell you. Didn’t exist 18 months ago, only exists because of massive subsidies. But it was now being ‘ruined’.


            Reason enough to slash the subsidies.


          • Ivor Tapeworm says:

            Government subsidy = excuse to put the price up. Customer gains nothing.


          • Good to see you’re back Ivor!


        • 67
          Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

          British jobs for British workers !


    • 21
      I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

      “they’re looking at ways to undermine my credibility”

      What credibility? Yeo is my local MP and he is, to put it bluntly, an arrogant little wanker.

      I’d almost (almost) consider voting Labour just to get rid of him.


      • 39
        Toss Pot says:

        Sir, you besmirch the reputation of us wankers!!


      • 41
        Glyn H says:

        I always thought of him as quite a big wanker.


        • 68

          HE certainly thinks he wanks highly.

          What a complete:



      • 71
        bergen says:

        His constituency party must have a collective IQ in double figures to have continued to select him for years- and he sits for a blue-rosette-on-a-donkey seat.He can therefore do as he likes and stick two fingers up to the rest of us.

        Using public office as a means of enriching himself is his profession.


        • 91
          Anonymous says:

          Bergen says “Using public office as a means of enriching himself is his profession.”
          So why pick on him when the whole of the membership of the HoC is doing the same thing?


    • 22
      smoggie says:

      Whether he benefits financially or not; whether he is swayed in his duty in government by his financial interests or not, is irrelevant; the opportunity is there and so is the perception.

      It is conflict of interest and he should go. The guy is brazen.


    • 43

      Lets not forget Cameron’s father in laws massive Wind farm subsidies


  10. 19
    Dave H says:

    ‘Shined’ or ‘has shone’


  11. 20
    TomCatesby says:

    Yeo doesn’t need any ‘help’ from Guido, the press ofr anybody else to undermine his credibility.


  12. 24

    Never mind that. Who has got pictures of Kate’s baps?


  13. 26
    To Be Fair says:

    To be fair, Guido cannot be guilty of underming Yeos credibility since he hasn’t got any to start with.


  14. 27
    nellnewman says:

    yeo, prezza and gore. Dodgy folks who’ve made personal fortunes out of a con.


  15. 35
    Tickler says:

    one rule for the government a totally different set of rules for us plebs!! Fu*k ‘em all!


  16. 42
  17. 47
    Anonymous says:

    So when are you going after Deben (Gummer) then ?


  18. 48
    Chukwit says:

    Tim Yeo is a bad breathed bully


  19. 51
    Freddie Fraudster says:

    I have only been conflicted for 5 years.

    Except he doesnt mention all the business interests that went before. What a shit


  20. 52
    Leftluver says:

    While we’re on about conflict of interest
    India giving EU bailout fund $10B and we give India how much?????

    Well done Eton shits


    • 69
      I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

      I think we Dave kindly gave India £1.25billion, which they either spent on Mirage jets, a moon program, a Mars lander or another dozen nukes. Or maybe they just blew it all on a big party.

      If there’s one single reason why Cameron’s not going to be PM after 2015, it’s his foreign aid policy.


      • 80
        Leftluver says:

        These eton pair must be brain dead if they think they can win the next GE-its the arrogance that pisses me of sorry guys you cant take us for granted again.


  21. 53
    Jack says:

    Business as usual at the HOC then?


  22. 59
    Barry says:

    Guido, the past tense of shine is shone, not shined.


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