April 22nd, 2014

Peter Lilley Fails to Declare Little List of Energy Interests

Number 10 policy board adviser Peter Lilley regularly bigs up big oil in speeches to parliament, bemoaning climate change laws that “require us to replace cheap fossil fuels with energy sources that are at least twice as expensive and less reliable” last September and then going after vested interests in November:

“Politicians and environmental campaigners have a vested interest in fanning that suspicion to divert attention from the increases in the cost of energy that the political elite are planning in the move to increasingly costly renewables, with the added costs that they impose on the transmission network.”

What Lilley didn’t mention on either occasion was his own vested interest as the £47,000-a-year non-executive director of Tethys Petroleum Limited, an oil and gas exploration company based in Central Asia. He is also a director of Facor Energy Limited, a new shell company which is yet to begin trading. Considering he’s been an MP for nearly 31 years, he should probably know better than to breach the members’ code of conduct by failing to declare an interest…


  1. 1
    Free Market says:

    Sack him. Sleezy oligarchist.

  2. 2
    ned ludd says:

    Cot a wunt

  3. 3
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Central As!an Oil Interests… de-facto R’ussian controlled.

  4. 4
    Tim Yo-Yo says:

    A clash of interests is outrageous!

  5. 5
    British Jobs for British Workers says:

    Tethys is listed in Toronto. This scumbag isn’t even supporting a British company.

  6. 6
    Greenpiss says:

    Environmentalists are sponsored by big government.The biggest big business ever invented.

  7. 7
    Dickhead politician says:

    Fossil fuels aren’t cheap. The clue is in the word “fossil”. Using them quite literally will cost the planet.

  8. 8
    Swivel eyed loon says:

    Vote ukip

  9. 9
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    You’d have a point if he was lobbying for more expensive energy as the eco-loons are, but he isn’t.

    There is no viable or cheaper alternative to oil & gas.

  10. 10
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    It just so happens that most of Eurasia’s important mineral reserves are in Russia.

  11. 11
    Taxfodder says:

    You would think he could do his paperwork correctly after all Brussels runs the country for him and his chums, too busy counting fat profits I expect.

    Still not to worry too much about a little accounting failure….although one can’t help thinking it must be a really big carpet considering all the muck swept under there…..

  12. 12
    fedz says:

    This is why he and many others go into politics! and the real reason for the privatizations.

  13. 13
    B. Zyklon says:

    Isn’t he a ‘friend’ of Michael Portillo?

  14. 14
    D Laws says:

    British politics. Rotten to the core.

  15. 15
    Greenpiss says:

    Demolish all old houses irrespective of condition and replace them with energy efficient tetra pack type dwellings.
    I suggest Notting Hill and Primrose hill be first on the list for development.

  16. 16
    love, like, be nuce to me. says:

    what is on ice is the noose made of garlands.
    but there is a stirring. thy key is yu.
    forget the lock. but the key is also restricted so….
    be nice to you,

  17. 17

    Flat Earther in pocket of oil industry?

    I’m shocked I tell you, shocked.

  18. 18
    British Jobs for British Workers says:

    I think we should put up a twenty story towerblock right in front of David Cameron’s gaff in the Cotswolds. With a neon-lit revolving pizza parlour on the top to creat some local jobs.

  19. 19
    jgm2 says:


    What has the word ‘fossil’ got to do with anything?

  20. 20
    I've got a little list says:

    £47k for a non-exec role of some tin-pot oiler. Tasty work!

  21. 21
    nell says:

    Does he do anything useful for that £47k a year ? Ifso I think we should know about it.

  22. 22
    Curious says:

    Is he “One of Us”? A Portillista Willybum?

  23. 23
    jgm2 says:

    Methane hydrate is looking very promising. More energy reserves than all the rest of the world’s oil, coal and gas put together.

  24. 24
    David Cameron and George Osborne are a pair of deceitful cunts says:

    1. In April 2014, Britain’s economic output – gross domestic product (GDP) – has yet to return to pre-2008 levels.

    2. Britain’s recovery lags behind that in the US and Germany.

    3. Britain’s recovery is slower than that which followed the Great Depression of the 1930s.

    4. Except for the rich elite, living standards are down.

    At the time of the next UK election most people will be worse off than they were before the current Conservative government came to power.

    5. Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize-winning US economist, said: “So the UK government did a lot of austerity, then stopped doing more…”

    That is because the austerity was not working.

    6. Britain’s recovery is now based on rising property prices in London and more consumer debt.

    It is not based on increasing exports and increasing investment

  25. 25
    David Cameron and George Osborne are a pair of deceitful cunts says:

    1. In April 2014, Britain’s economic output – gross domestic product (GDP) – has yet to return to pre-2008 levels.

    2. Britain’s recovery lags behind that in the US and Germany.

    3. Britain’s recovery is slower than that which followed the Great Depression of the 1930s.

    4. Except for the rich elite, living standards are down.

    At the time of the next UK election most people will be worse off than they were before the current Conservative government came to power.

    5. P@ul Krugman, the Nobel prize-winning US economist, said: “So the UK government did a lot of austerity, then stopped doing more…”

    That is because the austerity was not working.

    6. Britain’s recovery is now based on rising property prices in London and more consumer debt.

    It is not based on increasing exports and increasing investment

  26. 26

    Your moniker is well chosen.

  27. 27
    Toxic Tories for Landowning Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Expenses Fraudsters, Traitors, Peedos, & says:

    Yes, he’s one of ‘you’

  28. 28
    jgm2 says:

    The worst bit is that while what he says about the insanity of paying double the price for inefficient sources of energy is perfectly true the chances are that if he wasn’t being paid by the oil industry he’d just keep his gob shut and go along with all this green horseshit like so many of the rest of them do.

    He shouldn’t need to be personally financially motivated to tell the fucking truth.

  29. 29

    It’s the EU sleaze mountain, growing exponentially year – on – year.

  30. 30
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Europe doesn’t need any of that nasty smelly oil & gas.

    So when that nasty Mr. Putin cuts off the supply, they will laugh at him and use windmills & solar panels instead.

  31. 31
    non taxable pikey says:

    Azerbaijan and Khazakhstan might just disagree with you on that one.

  32. 32
    Lord Stansted says:

    Good for UKIP, tho.

  33. 33
    jgm2 says:

    And Labour’s ‘end’ to recession was based on borrowing 180bn quid in a single year and printing another 300bn quid and pissing it into the economy.

    Not what you’d call a ‘recovery’ based on increasing exports or investments either.

    Was it?

  34. 34
    M103 says:

    Can we have the crosshairs, Guido, just to prove your heart is really in it?

  35. 35
    non taxable pikey says:

    Clear slipped his mind. Will he be the first trougher to plead Alzheimer’s.

  36. 36
    non taxable pikey says:

    and of course the pink piggy snout.

  37. 37
    M103 says:

    Was that not to bail out the banks?

  38. 38

    Lilley is one of the few MP’s who has the education and the guts to call CO2-led warming for the scam it is. Now of course, the scammers can discount everything he says. Muppet.

  39. 39
    Lord Stansted says:

    Vote UKIP to give the bastards a shock they wont forget in a hurry.

  40. 40
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    They’ve been saying the same thing about nuclear fusion since the 1950s.

  41. 41
    M103 says:

    Gosh I forgot that. Thank you.

  42. 42
    Evangelical Dave says:

    Don’t be facetious, Jimmy actually believes that bless him.

  43. 43
    British Jobs for British Workers says:

    As would Georgia

  44. 44
    Lord Stansted says:

    Indeed. Liley is not only corrupt but an idiot too.

  45. 45
    David Cameron that famous defender of Christians says:

    I’m good for UKIP full stop !


    Christians do not have a right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work, the Government is to argue in a landmark court case.

    The response, prepared by the Foreign Office, adds:

    “In neither case is there any suggestion that the wearing of a visible cross or crucifix was a generally recognised form of practising the Christian faith, still less one that is regarded (including by the applicants themselves) as a requirement of the faith.”

  46. 46
    British Jobs for British Workers says:

    If he wanted to be taken seriously, he shouldn’t be a scoundrel.

  47. 47
    Flat Earther says:

    I would take trying to reduce Britain’s carbon footprint a little more seriously if the politicians did.
    Increasing the countries population and then having to build over the countryside to house them is not good for the environment nor is it sustainable.
    Being more enlightened than me maybe you should be first to bugger off to Africa to make some space.

  48. 48
    Ernest Saunders says:

    Alzheimer’s is incurable but I haven’t let it kill me.

  49. 49
    jgm2 says:


    The money was to pay the 7 million public sector workers with yet more borrowed money.

  50. 50
    Evangelical Dave says:

    Yeah it’s called senile dementia you numptie.

  51. 51
    C.O.Jones says:

    That £180B was well spent, we achieved 0.1% growth with that (that’s if the figures are to be believed).

  52. 52
    David Cameron that famous defender of Christians says:


    hahahahahhhhaaaaaa haaaaa haahahaaaaa Britians are plebs.

    Unless you went to Eton you don’t deserve any rights

  53. 53
    jgm2 says:

    Why would he bugger off to Africa? He probably escaped from there in the first place.

  54. 54
    jgm2 says:

    Yep. 0.1% ‘growth’ and not a single public sector worker lost their job. In fact they were still getting pay-rises. Yet another poisoned well left by the Maximum Imbecile.

    Sheer scorched Earth economics.

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    Burka next?

  56. 56
    táxpáyér says:

    Burka Next?

  57. 57
    táxpáyér says:

    Twat, please start shivering in your cave.

  58. 58
    táxpáyér says:

    Sorry Jimmy, You’re the economic creationist!

  59. 59
    David Cameron that famous defender of Christians says:

    No, pleeeeease vote for meeee….

    I know my attempts at religious electioneering are truly despicable and unhelpfully shine a spotlight on how easily I will lie to the public, again, again and again.

    But you’ve seen the ease with which I can speak of my ‘Christian values’ (even though I don’t really know what that means… is it like being a member of an Oxbridge drinking club or a boarding school ‘house’..?!).

    I know it looks like my true feelings are utter contempt for Christians in the UK, but I am really, really, truly desperate..

    Honestly, I will do or say anything, to cling onto power, even if that means I have to pretend to be a Christian and a man of faith.

  60. 60

    Krugman is a one-trick pony. Keynes himself famously said that when the facts changed, he changed his mind. Krugman doesn’t use Keynes’ theory to adapt to modern conditions, he worships at the Alter of a Keynesian Dogma the great man never intended. Spending America’s way out of a recession brought about by excessive spending hasn’t worked very well, has it? Blaming the Coalition for the aftermath of Gordon’s Bust and Bust economic policy merely underlines your economic illiteracy. As to Nobel prizes, he joins Al Gore, the IPCC and the Kenyan community organiser as worthless recipients of a once-great honour.

  61. 61
    táxpáyér says:

    GDP is a measure of debt (i.e. how much we pay the bankster classes).

  62. 62

    Altar. Dammed autocorrect!

  63. 63
    Wee Willie Hague says:

    No, he is my friend.


  64. 64
    David Cameron that famous defender of Christians says:

    Oh God no….please vote for meeeeeeeee !

    (see that I got another reference to God in there…I am a Christian)

  65. 65
    Hypocrisy Watch says:

    …and the fracking c’unt had the chutzpah to have a spat with Tim Yeo at an science and climate change select committee a short while back!

    MPs Tim Yeo and Peter Lilley in climate committee clash


    he row started after Peter Lilley suggested a leading scientist had given “irrelevant answers” about calculating future global temperature changes.

    But his colleague, Tim Yeo, disagreed and said Dr Emily Shuckburgh had given a “thorough and detailed” response.

    Asked by Mr Yeo to curtail questioning on the issue, Mr Lilley said this was “absolutely disgraceful”.

  66. 66
    3 May 2014 is... says:

    #LeonBrittan Day!


  67. 67
    jgm2 says:

    While you’re listing fatuous receivers of Nobel prizes I’m surprised you didn’t mention that American black bloke who received his for , well, being black, wassisname, Omaha or something.

  68. 68
    jgm2 says:

    Lilley was dead right though. Yeo was just shielding the dissembling Shuckburgh for being totally dismantled.

    And we know what Yeo’s motivation was too. Money from the green machine.

  69. 69
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Ed Miliband wants loads more onshore wind farms to be built all over the countryside; “Nihk is ur duty to swave the Planet” his wife Baroness Justine specialises in Law, advising companies on how to get planning permissions past local authorities for, well I never!: Onshore Wind Turbines.

  70. 70
    Thrill Seeker says:

    Has he been arrested?

  71. 71
    what a gay dave says:

    Go peter – you make as much money as you can

  72. 72
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Just like selling a fleet of London Taxis

  73. 73
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    It’s not me they have to disagree with.

    They should speak with U’kraine…

  74. 74
    The Borg says:

    Randomly he visited my old school back in the 90s, a friend of mine had an A4 sheet of paper with “I have no willy” written on it whilst folded he asked Mr Lilley for an autograph.

    Oh did we laugh! It was displayed in our common room for many a month.

  75. 75

    You missed the Kenyan community organiser.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:


  77. 77
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    You missed out the EU’s Nobel prize.

  78. 78
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    Mr Lilley must be brought before the House and made to do The Chicken.
    He should then resign and retreat to contemplate his Seppuku Haiku.

  79. 79
    Apthorpe says:

    Yes simply vote UKIP in May, you have nothing to lose (all MEPS are a waste of space) but at least you’ll send a very clear message to the Dave the Heathite and Millibean the LSE Revolutionary. Namely that neither of them are fit for the job of running the country. In the case of Dave you just might put enough pressure on the eternal turner to come up with a policy on Europe to go into the manifesto that he can’t back out of! You never know and well worth the laugh of seeing them all running around.

  80. 80
    Andy Pandy says:

    Yes, Krugman is a whining lefty and anybody that believes a word he says needs their bumps felt pdq.

  81. 81
    Andy Pandy says:

    Is this trifling 47K stipend taxable in the UK?

  82. 82
    jgm2 says:

    Very good. In my defence I thought that was a reference to that Kenyan woman who organised planting trees in Africa.


  83. 83

    An interesting woman. To be fair, she probably brought some lustre to the bauble. Note that she had her photo taken with Gordon, the poor woman was doomed after that.

  84. 84
    The Growler says:

    You could say he has been a Silly Lilley. What a surname for a guy to have.

  85. 85
    The Growler says:

    He probaly has Dave Boy’s full backing

  86. 86
    catesby says:

    Shame really he’s one of the few worthy tories these days.

  87. 87
    Colonel Mustard says:

    He was an Oil Analyst, and a very good one (i.e. accurate predictions), before he became an MP.

  88. 88
    Ann Frank's Drum-kit says:

    Oil be seein ya!

  89. 89
    broderick crawford says:

    Oh I don t know so much — probably the Lilley of Lilley and Skinner , the erstwhile shoe emporium . Old money !!

  90. 90
    broderick crawford says:

    Yes I was in the DTI when he was S.O.S.

    a lean mean calculating machine who with Nick Ridley made a fairly

    shrewd team , until Ridley had to depart .

  91. 91
    broderick crawford says:

    Crimea presumably would not…

  92. 92
    broderick crawford says:

    Not ok to walk into a bank or money office wearing a crucifix but ok to do ditto wearing a burkha , hijab or presumably balaclava /ku klux hat .

    Yeah pull the middle leg Cammo — it s got BALLS on!

  93. 93
    broderick crawford says:

    willy . Don t you mean

    ” no he is my friend ….HUMP .”

  94. 94
    broderick crawford says:

    What i really would like to know is :

    at which point will the incumbent govt. of the day physically run out of money to pay benefits , pensions and infrastructure funding .

    In other words when will allpeople on state fixed incomes suddenly see their income stream dissapear and ergo are subsequently forced to beg borrow cheat steal annd eeven kill for the basic subsistance of life ?

    Alternatively if it keeps printing increasingly worthless fiat money unbacked bygold orother r tangible collateral when will trust in that money reach nil such that even if disbursed to the pleberiat it is seen as worthless and refused by all, leading to the same outcome as above ?

  95. 95
    broderick crawford says:

    Guiness is always good for YOU , Ernest …

  96. 96

    Yawn. This has been known to all sides of the “climate debate” for years. Boring!

  97. 97
    Green or Beijing Smog - You Decide says:

    No, conflict of interest there, then.

    The future lies with green energy as is becoming clearer by the day. Wind energy becomes cheaper each year, the problem of energy storage is being solved and the price of solar energy is plummeting.

    Germany will be laughing at us in a few years as we remain saddled with a super-expensive nuclear industry.

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