December 30th, 2012

Review of 2012: Taxi For Tim Yeo

A serious contender for villain of the year has to be Tim Yeo. The conflicted chairman of the Energy and Climate Change select committee has time and time again flown the green flag this year, insisting that it is mere coincidence he makes over £100,000-a-year from his own renewable energy investments. Just because a conflict of interest is declared, it is still a conflict of interest…

Guido took particular interest in Tim Yeo’s taxi trouble over the summer. There was a distinctly whiffy smell lingering around Eco City Vehicles, an environmentally-friendly taxi company chaired by Yeo, and their wheeler deal to conveniently introduce an age limit for London’s taxis. The job earned Yeo some £440-an-hour, but when Number 10 started sniffing around he quickly resigned on the quiet. Guilty conscience?

And it didn’t end there. Perhaps Yeo’s most shameless moment of the year was when he used his position to lobby the government for more flights to China, the very same day that his company TMO Renewables signed a multi-million pound deal in – you guessed it – China. He still rakes tens of thousands from his positions at three renewable energy companies, despite remaining as chairman of the select committee that helps govern them. Don’t Yeo forget it


46 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Yeo is representative of the crooks in parliament, enrich themselves at our cost.

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    • 5
      What a plonker says:

      He gives Tories a bad name.

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    • 6
      Run to the hills - 2013 is fast approaching says:

      Tim gob breath Yoe – hard core fantasy tory you are ever likley to meet,

      But saying that, I like to play divide and conquer games, so I think, overall, I think he is a true gawd godarn good brit fellow, that I think I can do business with, oh yes.

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    • 10
      Guardian thought. says:

      But it is OK because it’s OK to do illegal and greedy things if they are for the green revolution. That’s what Zoe Williams said in her Sky paper review and neither the sky reporter nor her fellow reviewer questioned her warped and dangerous logic.

      But it is just not Zoe, all Guardianistas believe they are above the law. We saw this before and right through Leveson because they believe their cause is in the public interest.

      Who are they to define what public interests are? They had as much inside contact with the cops as NotW and published just as much of this illegally gained info but they have never been brought to book for it. It was they who stated that Mili Dowler’s phoned had been hacked by the NOTW and they were quoting from a source within the plod but they never retracted when it was revealed that her voicemails automatically deleleted after a fixed time.

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    • 30
      sour grapes says:

      kebab time extremely disappointed not to be knighted for services to blogging.

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  2. 2
    the poor bloody tax-payer says:

    bring back the green oound note

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  3. 3
    Huhne alert. Dive dive dive. says:

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    • 24
      Blowing Whistles says:

      The Sunday Times front page May 22 2011 Published into the Public Domain of Huhne:

      Heading: “I may have driven car, says Huhne

      cont’d on pg 11 “One of Huhne’s children may testify”.

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  4. 4
    HMMM says:

    Another twelve months of Thieves, Rouges and Scoundrels coming up.

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  5. 8
    Owen Jones says:

    Freddie Mercury RIP

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  6. 11
    UKIP.I.AM says:

    So far Vichy Dave has lost the votes of:
    1. Emergency Services.
    2. Armed Forces.
    3. Anybody with aspiration.
    4. NHS.
    5. Teachers, Lecturers and Academics.
    6. Anyone who opposes the EU.
    7. Anyone who has to live near a Wind Turbine.
    8. Anyone who lives in the countryside.
    9. Anyone who wonders why VAT has gone up to pay off the deficit yet can’t understand why foreign aid is increasing.

    He may have gained the votes of:

    1. Anyone who is Gay but has been in a coma for the last 3 years.

    Well done CCHQ, you have set yourself low standards and failed to achieve them. I hope Cabinet members can get a job on the EU gravy train in 2015, because you’ve lost the election boys.

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  7. 12
    I don't need no doctor says:

    I predict nothing at all will change in 2013. Make it so.

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    • 45
      "Ed" Miliband says:

      Well, that’s just where you’re wrong, because during 2013 I’m going to become even more of a national embarrassment than I already am!!!

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  8. 13
    Owen Jones says:

    Comrade Milliband will be the next General secretary of the people’s republic of Britain.

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  9. 14
    Student Sam says:

    Ere we Yeo,
    ‘Ere we Yeo,
    ‘Ere we Yeo

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  10. 15
    This is a party political broadcast by the David sCameron Party says:

    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”
    “Britain is in a global race”

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  11. 18
    Student Sam says:

    Her name is Ye-o
    And she dances in the sand,
    Just like that river flowing,
    ‘Cross the dusty land

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  12. 21
    Emergency broadcast says:

    This is the Labour Party supporting Christmas trolling unit wishing you a very happy, non religious, non festive, multicultural respecting, non work period.

    Here’ a Christmas game for you.
    These are some words we like to use on this blog. Can you arrange them into a coherent argument?

    No we can’t either. We try all the time too. Anyway give it a try.

    Gideon. Wavy. Toff. Togetherness, one nation, UKIP, scameron, wind farm, pasty, debt, unemployed, poorest getting poorer, bankster, posh, first class, wobble pebble comrades, big business, Miliband hero.

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    • 29
      Tam Ponzarus says:

      When have you ever had a non-non-work period ?

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    • 37
      Blowing Whistles says:

      You have gaffed – you can’t state Christmas – they now call it Winterval / festival etc – Take yourself off to a 10 week diversity training and leadership course provided by Common Purpose.

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  13. 22
    Ariana H's edible hamster says:

    Well it looks like my censors have been busy removing fair comments all over…

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  14. 23
    hank the cat says:

    There is not agreat difference between Yeo and his partner in crime Vaz

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  15. 25
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Has ed Milibandit mentioned one nation today?

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  16. 26
    Rhetoric Watch says:

    Shameless…

    Have the Olympics actually left a lasting legacy that even registers outside the debt figures ?

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  17. 28
    Tiny Tim says:

    And a very merry renewable Xmas to you all!

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    • 43
      Change medication says:

      You’re just saying that to try to get round me. But it won’t work, do you hear? I’m wise to all your tricks, young man! Return immediately to the rectal fissure that produced you!

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  18. 31
    politicians and the crosses they should be nailed to says:

    This is the real Tory party in action, common thieves no better than common looters. Show me the money…its all about how much money they can loot within the window of opportunity they are given. Thats what common looters do and its what crooked politicians do, they wait for the opportunity and then grasp it to enrich themselves.

    Public service has become self service, a route to riches, the person with a corrupt amoral soul will always see and seize the chance regardless of right and wrong and who gets hurt. Its not about needing the money because Yeo does not need money, he is as rich as they come. A common thief will always be a common thief no matter how much money he is sitting on. It is who they are and what they do.

    He has a hole in his soul and tries to fill it with money not realising that he could fill that hole with all the money in the world and that hole would still be as wide and deep and empty as it was before. Of course that will not stop this common thief trying will it? Who would be him even with all his money, he is beneath contempt but it goes much deeper than that, a sickness in his very soul.

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  19. 33
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Yeo is a seedy self-serving cnut – a sort of Tory Margaret Hodge.

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  20. 34
    Jimmy says:

    “A serious contender for villain of the year has to be Tim Yeo.”

    Eat your heart out Bashar Assad

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    • 36
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      Or indeed Margaret “tiny,tiny shareholding” Hodge who gives proof to the theory that Labour birds are either fat or ugly (or usually both) even when they are rich enough to make your average Tory Trustafarian blush.

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  21. 39

    Vile and disgusting man. As shadow Defra minister when Blair was slaughtering 15-20m healthy animals at the behest of the filthy NFU, Yeo’s contribution was to demand that the government slaughter more animals, faster.

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  22. 40
    Westminster Gossip says:

    Go Guido go!

    Well done for yet again exposing the conflict between the personal business interests of politicians and their politics. Happy New Year!

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  23. 41
    Rolf Priory-Harris says:

    ..And of course after all is said and done if there was a general election tomorrow Yeo would be relected by this constituents with a thumping majority no doubt. We get the politicians and Governments we deserve in this country

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    • 44
      Tweed Pyjamas says:

      In fairness, Mr Yeo’s constituents have known him for thirty years and aren’t likely to be duped by simplistic accusations of out-and-out villainy.

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  24. 46

    I’m impressed, I have to say. Really hardly ever do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you might have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the problem is something that not sufficient people are speaking intelligently about. I am very joyful that I stumbled across this in my seek for something referring to this.

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