January 3rd, 2013

Letwin Settles Up – Bins Carbon Reduction Global Agreement

Another nail in the husky coffin as Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin concedes defeat to Nigel Lawson and accepts that the Kyoto Treaty is dead and nothing will be following it. Back in 2008 the two men made a bet, the details of which were published in a Standpoint interview:

Oliver Lewtin: I’d be very happy to have a wager, and I offer you a £100 bet that before either of us is dead, whichever is the first — our estates can pay — we will see a very substantial agreement on carbon reduction.

Nigel Lawson: But I don’t think I want the bet to be “in my lifetime” because I’d like to get the £100. I’m sorry it’s such a modest amount you’re prepared to wager — it shows how unconfident you are — but I would like to be able to collect before I die. So I think we should say “by the time Kyoto runs out”, because there is meant to be no hiatus; there is meant to be a successor to Kyoto. So “by 2012 we will have the agreement” — maybe I’ll die before then, of course —but 2012 is the acid test.

Oliver Letwin: On the same basis, Nigel, I’m perfectly willing to take that bet too. The reason I’m willing to take the bet is that I know that the only way it can be made to happen is if we try to make it happen and if we build up the moral authority to make it happen by taking the steps ourselves.

Letwin has apparently now agreed to settle the bet. Lord Lawson is on a bit of victory lap this afternoon:

“Oliver is one of the nicest people in politics, and one of the cleverest. It is, however, disconcerting that UK climate change policy – which makes no conceivable sense in the absence of a binding global agreement – has been based on the advice of someone so totally divorced from any understanding of practical realities.”

Well quite.


  1. 1
    London Cabbie says:

    I will bet Ed Balls £1,000 he never gets to be Chancellor.

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    A politician keeping his word? *shocked face*

  3. 3
    Professor Parncutt says:

    Lawson is on ze list.

  4. 4
    The Religion of AGW says:

  5. 5
    Jimmy says:

    I will take that bet. Ed Bals is the only man in British politics capable of being the new iron chancellor required to get us out of this Tory led mess.

  6. 6
    Professor Parnutt says:

    You are on ze A list. You will be corrected.

  7. 7
    UAE says:

    Bring back Presclott.

  8. 8
    Peter Hitchens says:

    Many of the comments on this blog seem to be pre-planned with little relevance to the article in question.

    For example: ‘Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him? More like Muhammad Piss Be Upon Him!!!! Am I right??????’

    ‘Hey guys look at my blog @KebabTime2′

    ‘Vile Gordon Brown stole my gold and my Crunchy Nut and all my pets’

    Most baffling. Keep up the good work and don’t drink too much gents

  9. 9
    London Cabbie says:

    You’re on.
    Post your email address.

  10. 10
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    I’ll get you out of the mess which Gordon and I got you into. Honest.

    £ 1,000 ?? Huh !! I’ll bet the bank – RBS, Lloyds, Halifax, all one them put together. Mind you, we bet those banks once and the Taxpayers had to pick up the bill.

  11. 11
    Earth's regular climate change says:

    Alaska has been cooling back down since 2000:


  12. 12

    Do you think that the surname misspelling will enable you to avoid paying what you have not got anyway?

  13. 13
    Lard Pressclott of Beams, Bellies, Banjos, Bulimia, two Jags & Shags. says:

    They say that the Life of Pi lasts 2hrs 6mins. I can shorten that to 1.2 seconds.

  14. 14

    A self-fulfilling prophesy.

  15. 15
    nellnewman says:

    “has been based on the advice of someone so totally divorced from any understanding of practical realities.”

    Ah that’ll be militwit then. He was the environment minister under gordon running round the world predicting climate change was going to do us all in!!

  16. 16
    Peter Hitchens says:

    Indeed, Mr cat.

  17. 17
    James Delingpole says:


  18. 18
    Just don't know what to do with myself says:

    Excuse me while I change my trousers, the other got wet quite quickly on reading our Jimmy’s remarks on Balls the bouncer.

  19. 19
    Hadrian (Emp.) says:

    So take those rusting windmills down and lets drill.

  20. 20

    It’s a trap. see above.

  21. 21
    nellnewman says:

    I read this morning that the next climate change scare is that met office and beeb are saying the wet mild weather is here to stay permanently and it will prevent us from growing any fruit and veg and will destroy our lawns. ++++Laugh++++

  22. 22

    Eventually, socialists run out of other people’s money.

  23. 23
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, poor diction & sentence formation – at least give Mr Delingpole his due – he is a fine writer.

    You on the other hand are a victim of New Labour’s education policy.

  24. 24
    Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

    Who is ‘Ed Bals’ ???

  25. 25
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    Sacrilege !!!

  26. 26
    James Delingpole says:

    I am a VERY fine writer who was educated at Malvern and Oxford with the FUTURE prime minister I’ll have you know.

  27. 27
    Vulture Mulcher says:

  28. 28
    keredybretsa says:

    Let him win Ollie!

  29. 29
    Engineer says:

    The met office are saying that? Oh Gawd – stand by for hosepipe bans by June, then.

  30. 30
    h says:

    can we get our money back on those stupid windmills we bought from Germany? can we introduce some competition to the energy market/ can my 84 year old mum afford to heat her flat?

  31. 31
    Rose Moor says:

    Mind the mower on the concrete moles.

  32. 32
    Engineer says:

    One thing that utterly bemuses me about this. How can so much policy be made with so little examination of actual scientific knowledge (and, by extension, lack of knowledge)?

  33. 33
    Operation Crossbow says:

    I see cast iron Dave has told the Falkland islanders that they have his support 100%.

    If I were them I’d start packing their bags then.

  34. 34
    Bet fred says:

    Looks like Jimmy’s pooper’s gone. Come on Jimmy put your money where your mouth is.

  35. 35
    The savant10.4 highway patrol says:

    Hi gweed ….

    In the foto above is it to be construed that an ex chancellor is indulging in a victory fuck of an ex banker turned politico …. Or is the banker claiming his loser s. consolation prize “??

  36. 36
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    It’s a great way of raising revenue.

  37. 37
    David Cameron says:

    I am amazed at how all the comments and stories in this blog are true..and then I woke up

  38. 38
    David Cameron says:

    Like when I said the NHS is safe in my hands then I sell it orf to my mates? Ya

  39. 39
    David Cameron says:

    You want more competition in the energy market, which in turn will increase prices? Are you a socialist? The best way forwards, I feel, is the present system of cartelism. That way everyone is ripped orf.

  40. 40
    Hourtin La Plage, Gironde, with titties oot says:

    Oliver Letwin? oh strewth.

  41. 41
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Expect 3 feet of snow next week then.

  42. 42
    David Cameron says:

    Precisely. I told the Cabinet that those pictures of the lack of any Arctic ice cap was a NASA photoshop job as well. They believed me too when I said the NHS is safe in my hands. Oi Hunt why is my appointment 4 years when it was 14 weeks three years ago?

  43. 43
    Engineer says:

    Coal, gas, nuclear. Everything else is pie in the sky, a very minor contributor, horrendously expensive, or decades off commercial reality.

  44. 44
    David Cameron says:

    You think I will win the next election? Don’t see your GP whatever you do Sir, he may section you…

  45. 45
    Engineer says:

    ….and peoples’ blood pressures.

  46. 46
    Yvette Ladyboy Cooper says:

    I gave him £1,000 to fuck me but he couldn’t get it up, so I gave him one instead.

  47. 47
    Ed Balls - blah blah blincks says:

    As above !

  48. 48
    David Cameron says:

    Yes thank God we haven’t had any rain this Winter. The trees are so beautiful in Umbria.

  49. 49
    London Cabbie says:

    I had you in the back of my cab once. Took me ages to get the smell offf my cock.

  50. 50
    HMMM says:

    I take it they are not going to get a referendum on the matter then after all?.

  51. 51
    Greenpiss says:

    Britain could still unilaterally cut its carbon footprint by maybe shipping in more people from abroad.

  52. 52
    David Cameron says:

    3 feet of snow? Gideon doesn’t buy that much charlie anymore and btw The Express said there were going to be 20 foot snow drifts so it must be true

  53. 53
    All these fuckers went to Oxford says:

    That will have been Ed Megashambles!

  54. 54
    David Cameron says:

    Actually they’ll get the same one I promised on the Reform Treaty. So there you Socialist meanie

  55. 55

    It was very good of the USA to hit its Kyoto target, the more especially as it never signed the treaty. :-)

  56. 56
    Dave Cam the Wind Farm Man says:

    Have I told you that I have a nice little earner?

  57. 57
    David Cameron says:

    That’s my plan entirely. Another 1.5 mill immigrants in 5 years should do it. Theresa and her shoes are wrecking the Home Office database for illegals so things should be just enough for that carbon reduction

  58. 58

    I will be the next pwime minithter !!! The unions have pwomithed it to me !

  59. 59
    Copper Knickers says:

    Can you specify any policy from any of those groups of thieving scum at Westminster which are based on any sort of scientific evidence?

  60. 60
    Tom Badwind says:

    Yippee !

  61. 61
    David Cameron says:

    Shut up you Socialist meanie. We are so far ahead in the polls. You don’t stand a chance.

  62. 62
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    Two millionaires settle silly little bet…

    They are behaving like Randolph and Mortimer Duke.

  63. 63
    David Cameron says:

    I can. Right to buy was proven as such. If you sell houses and don’t build any the you have a price crunch. What prize do I get? Another five years? Oh goody goody gumdrops

  64. 64
    ROGER MYBUTT says:

    ““Oliver is one of the nicest people in politics, and one of the cleverest.”

    Yes so nice that he lets total strangers into his house in the middle of the night to errrr use the toilet ?
    Mmmmmmm !

  65. 65
    ROGER MYBUTT says:

    Half the members of the institute of business directors think George Osborne is doing a crap job

    Only Half , what a set of fuckwits

  66. 66
    Gordon Brown says:

    I rarely hit my Nokia targets. Where did I go wrong ?

  67. 67
    Al Goracle says:

    Nooooooo, CO2 causes runaway climate warming, we’ve been telling you this for decades.
    CO2 causes warming, only it’s not been warming for fifteen years, because CO2 has cunningly learned to disguise it’s warming effects, by masking them.

    It really should be hotter than Hades now, if only clever old CO2 hadn’t outwitted us all by disguising itself.
    But it will be boiling hot I tell you, in, in, err, oh, umm, how about a hundred years from now, when everyone alive today, is dead?

  68. 68
  69. 69
    Completely unscripted says:

    Do bugger off

  70. 70
    Wun Hung Lo says:

    We are meeting our target of building a new coal-fired power plant every week and our economy is booming.

  71. 71
    Gordon Brown says:

    I bet that Gold would not increase in price

  72. 72
    Diane Fatbott says:


  73. 73
    Moussa Koussa Mark 3 says:

    Oh yes Nigel the spazzer Lawson – errrr wasn’t he the bloke who preceded over the economy, and whose policies lead to the 1990 recession where inflation was 10% and 15% interest rates.

  74. 74
    Wotta Tossa Skid Mark 3 says:

    ‘Envy is the ulcer of the soul’. Socrates

  75. 75
    Optician says:

    You need stereoscopic vision, twit.

  76. 76
    Archer Karcher says:

    The only way wind and solar will ever be viable, is when we have found a way to make the wind blow and the sun shine, 24 hours a day. Until then, it is all make believe.

  77. 77
    Cleaner says:

    Not to mention the parquet floors.

  78. 78
    Elitist Lackey says:

    ‘It’s a great way of raising revenue.’

    It’s a great way of killing off the poor, sick and elderly too. All in a caring, compassionate and progressive way, of course.

  79. 79
    Archer Karcher says:

    Err, Dave, I hate to break this to you, but you’r a Socialist too old boy. A rather posh one granted, but one nonetheless.

  80. 80
    Archer Karcher says:

    * you’re, doh!

  81. 81
    Prezza says:

    Me, I ‘ad a grand time wiv Keee Yoto, me. Loads of goodies, first lass travel, posh ‘otels an’ all on expenses.

  82. 82
    Can he really have fathered the divine Nigella says:

    £100 ‘modest’?
    Jeeeeeeeeeez, you fuckwit.

  83. 83
    Engineer says:

    Copper Knickers – it’s not just Westminster, it’s Brussels too. Under EU law we have to close down most of our coal-fired power stations in 2015. That’s about 40% of our generating capacity taken out in one fell swoop, with nothing to replace it.

    Stand by for electricity rationing – using smart meters, they can do it remotely by restricting the amount you’re allowed to consume at times of high demand. That, and shutting down energy-intensive industries.

  84. 84
    Not 'celeb', not 'bro', just fat says:

    Rumour is that Prezza may be on Celebrity Big Brother ….. BIG being the word for Prezza, natch.

  85. 85
    MaxC says:

    I’m keeping quiet hoping that you’ll forget about me.

  86. 86
    David Cameron says:

    No that was Major and Interest rates only reached 15% for three hours…

  87. 87
    Hillary Clinton's Blood Clat says:

    Yeah man but Olieeever is a right on progressssive an he support da bum boys marrying innit.

  88. 88
    Mrs Beeton says:

    Don”t be unkind to her dad. She’ll drizzle all over your back burner if you’re not careful.

  89. 89
    David Cameron says:

    No Tories be them Blue Labour or Red Tories are Socialist. I know because Frank Field told me so. So go away you Soviet peasant

  90. 90
    David Cameron says:

    Really? Which EU law is that? Oh you made it up..very funny

  91. 91
    Traycee Mount-Temple says:

    He a’int BIG. He’s my little ole chippolata Prezza

  92. 92
    David Cameron says:

    No I am quite busy enough with Michael Green’s nice little earners. All profits going into the children’s trust funds so no tax to pay to Gid The Flid. It was actually GTF who told me how to do it…

  93. 93
    David Cameron says:

    That was the troubloe last year with the snow at Heathrow we didn’t use CO2 as it causes runway climate change…

  94. 94
    David Cameron says:

    When the fiasco at Heathrow was going down Summer of 2010 her shoes were getting caught in the rolling floor. Bloody nightmare she is sometimes. I blame Alistair Morgan myself..all that pressure

  95. 95
    EU Watch says:

    And thankfully we fell out the ERM !

  96. 96
    Bitchy Lefty Liberal says:

    Hope he’s putting the old policy in the appropriate recycle bin, fascist.

  97. 97
    David Cameron says:

    How is 40% most?

    Did you take Mathematics at Eton?

  98. 98
    David Cameron says:

    Yes I advised Norma to do that. We had already wasted £120 Billion on trying to out do Jerry…Luckily all the pounds we bought were completely worthless.

  99. 99
    Fish 'n' Chips says:

    Don’t forget the fish.

  100. 100
    David Cameron says:

    I can tell you he is doing an excellent job. We have certain targets and we have to better than Labour at things. At the moment we are far better than Labour at fucking up the whole country rather than just England. I can’t wait tosee those disabled tears of joy when we take £58 a week of them. We all know that anyone that uses the NHS will vote Labour so best kill them off asap.

  101. 101
    Engineer says:

    100% of our generating capacity is made up of coal, gas, nuclear, pumped storage hydro-electric and some bits and bats.

    Suggest you check your mathematics.

  102. 102
    Engineer says:

    Didn’t make it up. Something to do with not emitting Carbon Dioxide, or some such bollocks.

    Trouble is, our governments are not savvy enough to just ignore it.

  103. 103
    David Cameron says:

    So what EU law was it?

  104. 104
    Honest View says:

    Possibly more literate than Guido. You concede victory, not defeat. You allow that the other chap has the victory. This I learnt, at primary school, when I was 10. You will no doubt suspect that it was at primary school some time ago.

  105. 105
    2112 says:

    ..and then realised, to your horror, you were actually on Comment is Free.

  106. 106
    Archie says:

    Fucking Wetwin fucks up again!

  107. 107
    Archie says:

    Haven’t noticed you around here before, ehr kid, in’t it?

  108. 108
    Archie says:

    Er, I think you mean “presided”?

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