December 10th, 2012

Yeo’s Lump for Dump


Believe it or not, David Willetts gave an interview that caught Guido’s eye in the Times this weekend. Speaking about what the government was doing to boost Britain’s scientific standing in the world, Two Brains let the cat out of the bag regarding a certain conflicted MP:

“A new scientific field known as “synthetic biology”, which finds ways of using specifically-designed bacteria to solve medical and industrial problems, will be handed £50 million of the new money. Mr Willetts said that he had been particularly taken by one company, TMO Renewables, that had designed a micro-organism capable of turning human waste into biofuels.”

Tim Yeo, the man in charge of the Energy and Climate Change select committee, is paid £5,400 per month as chairman of TMO. His company lobbies the government for funding and Willetts signs off a tranche of taxpayers’ cash for them to turn poo into fuel. Whiffy…


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  2. 2
    At least Two Brains says:

    nothing to see here, move along please….


  3. 4
    Fatty Bully says:

    Why is Willets called two brains?


  4. 5
    Owen Jones says:

    Chris Tarrant is being interviewed live on Radio 5 this afternoon. So it wasn’t him that got ‘yewtree’d’ this morning then…


  5. 7
    Operation Yewtree says:


  6. 9
    Owen Jones says:

    Leveson warns of trial by social media


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      Common Sense says:

      It should be obvious to anyone that posting an image, personal details, expression of certain opinions onto the perma-press of the net, or even communicating across it that there could well be negative consequences.

      This should not need special mention. Leveson himself has already fallen foul of this with the Straub debacle.

      The fact that so many are willing to do this without thinking about the consequences is of interest. This is a reflection of the erosion of the notion of personal responsibility, and a false sense of security regarding anonymity and the perverse contradictory belief in public privacy.

      What Leveson fails to mention is the flip side. That flip side being, that perfectly reasonable views, opinions, images and information once posted onto the internet (or elsewhere) could be used in the future or even now by a government hostile to those interests expressed against the individual.

      The argument for censorship is still weak. Regulation could well place currently fine content into a position posing serious legal liability to those who originally posted it. From a civil liberty point of view, introducing regulation poses a far greater risk to individual freedoms than continuing with the status quo: Even if prosecutions were not pursued retrospectively, the coercive political barrel which many may then find themselves over would be intolerable.

      Reminding people of the current negative personal consequences that poor posts can have would not hurt.


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    Tim ( not nice-but dim ) Yoyo says:

    If the Labour party can turn the UK into a pile of shit, why can’t I turn piles of shit into energy ?


  8. 14
    Roscoe Rules says:

    Where there’s arse there’s brass


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    Angry taxpayer says:

    This is not “whiffy” Gudio

    It is straight corruption

    MPs of the same party using taxpayer’s money to enrich each other

    The problem is that the whole of Parliament and the Government and the Press is so deeply corrupted now that no one gives a shit

    Sad days


  10. 18
    Rupert my Hero says:

    Where there is Muck, there is money.


    • 51
      Bongolander says:

      Bacteria turning shit into fuel? My great great great great grandfather did that in 1746. Used to be known by its scientific name back then: composting.


  11. 19
    Jimmy says:

    In other news, missing Cashcroft associate turns up safe and well


  12. 20
    Gonk III says:

    Cold fusion also answered World’s problems. Actual result…SFA


  13. 21
    Lord Jensen Interceptor says:

    Willets is Yeo’s rentboy.


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    Empty Ed's brother taking bungs says:

    WHile you are at it Guido

    here is an interesting bung from a foreign goverment for ex Foreign Secretary David Milliband

    “Payment of £64,475 from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PO Box 1, Abu
    Dhabi, UAE. (Registered 29 November 2012)
    Transport and accommodation to Sir Bani Yas Forum on Future of Middle East, 15-
    18 November 2012, provided by Foreign Ministry of UAE; cost £4,935. Hours: 3 days work. (Registered 29 November 2012″

    Is it now normal for MPs to sell themselves to foreign governments?


  15. 27
    Mark Oaten says:

    I’ll be in charge of quality control


  16. 36
    offshore person says:

    trust a poli to be first to the dung heap


  17. 38
    Not surprised says:

    All perfectly legal and above board – well within the rules which we set up ourselves. Regards your MP.


  18. 41
    This was Harriet's joke writer says:

    She’s about as funny as genocide.


  19. 43
    Tom Catesby says:

    Another very unpleasant smell of self interest and greed from the Westminster septic tank.


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    Great Granddad:Prime Minister in Waiting, New Utopia Party says:

    There are mighty few sewage works around the world that haven’t been harvesting methane for fuel at least since the ‘fifties. Few of them sell it – they burn it in their own processes. Nothing new here except for some funding.


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    keredybretsa says:

    Now it is really stinky poo time. This is a real, scratch my back and I’ll pass the beige envelope under the table, situation. Innit?


  22. 47
    Rab Butler says:

    Conflict of interest in public life.
    How about all the Ministers, MPs, coppers, councillors, civil servants etc who are freemasons and who have sworn blood oaths with daggers, skulls and coffins to look after brother freemasons before all else.


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      Watt Tyler sez says:

      Evening Rab
      Do you know for a fact that chiseling piece of dirt is a Freemason? I am and I abhor this type of behavior. Brother or not, I cannot condone this type of action.


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    I wonder who is helping his constitutants seeing as he is on how many company boards which must take up most of his time. Another question, other than his work on the committee, how many times as he actually stood up and spoke or asked a question in the house, it is probably a similar number to mr brown


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    Hank the Cat says:

    With Harman and Clarke calling for the internet to be regulated (this blog) by the troughing thieving MP’s do not forget all they have to do is put pressure on the ISP’s to block the site. Pirate Bay was blocked and ISP’s put under pressure. but they got round it lasted for a couple of weeks, in fact the number of people using sites like Pirate Bay and Kickass torrents have increased


  25. 57
    Machiavelli says:

    Despite the threat – it is curious that this blog is getting a lot of advertising of late.

    What is the PR and spin angle here ?

    People will look at it and feel sympathy for those lambasted and public opinion will shift in favor of censorship ?

    Granted the content is on the money, but there is no such thing as a free lunch.


  26. 59
    Mouthful says:

    Isn’t yeo on the board of ITI energy. Another company in the energy hunt. Be interesting to know how much he gets paid from them.


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    Watt Tyler sez says:

    Well fuck me sidewise, what a chiseling canute. Why are we sitting on our flabby bottoms? Time for that march on London. Men of Kent and Men of Essex lets do it again. Meet Gravesend/ Tilbury.


  28. 73
    Tom Cobely says:

    Where’s there’s muck, there’s Brass.
    Oink oink.


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    neilfutureboy says:

    By comparison Bristol Space have, for years, been unable to get any support from the British govenment. Coincidentally their Ascender, a suborbital plane derived from the SR53 British rocketplane of 1960, needs £50 million to get built and could then be bootstrapped into a fully orbitasl commercial shuttle.

    Either a shit eating microbe is more necessary to Britain than a commercial spaceplane. Or it is bunging an MP £5K a month that does it. There seems to be no 3rd possibility.


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