Sajid and Sadiq Under Pressure Over Failure to Tackle Protests

While the environmental protests over the last three days have generated plenty of amusement and most workers are thinking about the Easter break anyway, people are increasingly asking why the police response has been so feeble. Why are the police unable to stop Central London being brought to a halt for days by a tiny handful of protesters with a few yoga mats and tubes of glue?

The finger of blame is being pointed at Sajid Javid and Sadiq Khan – former Home Secretary David Blunkett takes aim at his successor in the Mail, challenging him why the “full force of the law” hasn’t been applied. Treasury PPS and fellow Tory MP Huw Merriman brands it a “national embarrassment” and says he has asked Javid to “put pressure on the police to bring this to an immediate halt”. Instead of dancing along with the protesters…

Sadiq Khan is also under fire from rank-and-file officers themselves for “aggravating” the protests with his tacit approval after saying “I share the passion of the protesters because it is a very important issue” rather than condemning them for breaking the law. The public is not impressed either. If they were protesting in favour of Brexit or another issue Sadiq didn’t agree with they would have been removed in no time, instead they’ve got free rein to continue their dance parties while Londoners suffer…

Protesters Glue Themselves to Fence Outside Corbyn’s House

Climate protesters are now targeting that renowned champion of the climate-destroying, polar bear-killing, carbon-belching military-industrial complex – Jeremy Corbyn. Unconfirmed whether the second one on the left is the Dear Leader himself…

UPDATE: Readers point out the two single-use plastic water bottles and the leather bag.

H/t Matthew Taylor

Posh Eco-Loon: No Holidays… Except For Me

Guido’s favourite posh eco-loon, Robin Boardman-Pattison, took pains to tell Adam Boulton this morning that people should not take foreign holidays. But his Instagram tells a different story, showing luxurious foreign holidays awash with palm trees, ski slopes, and historic landmarks. Posh Boardman-Pattison even boasted of being a guest at Buckingham Palace…

Before he started engaging in casual vandalism, Boardman-Pattison, attended the £17,500 per year boys-only Trinity School in Croydon, which has an indoor heated swimming pool, and regularly organises far flung foreign trips. One rule for the posh professional protesters, another rule for everyone else…

Sky’s Posh Eco-Loon Vandalised Tory HQ, Shared Anti-Semitism Conspiracy Theory

The eco-loon who stormed out of a Sky interview earlier this morning, Robin Boardman-Pattison, (the posh sounding double barrelled name was mysteriously dropped for the broadcast) was a leading member of an anti-Heathrow expansion group that vandalised CCHQ last summer. The group broke windows and spray painted the building before being arrested…

Boardman-Pattison, who was until recently a languages student at Bristol University, spends his time vandalising multiple buildings and occasionally making pretentious foreign language poetry videos on YouTube. As any posh professional activist with too much time on his hands would…

Over the summer Boardman-Pattison shared a conspiracy theory on Facebook calling allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party a “smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn by the Netanyahuite [sic] supporters.” It’s all so predictable…

Eco-Loon Storms Off Sky News After Savaging from Adam Boulton

Being called “a load of incompetent, middle class, self-indulgent people who want to tell us how to live our lives” was the final straw for Robin Boardman-Pattison

Father of Green Party Candidate’s Children Runs Tax Haven Linked Mining Company

A leading Green Party candidate has three children with a man who runs a global mining company, based in the Seychelles, a tax haven on the OECD blacklist. Vix Lowthion was recently selected as a Green MEP candidate for the South East of England. Despite some arguably non-green connections…

The father of Vix’s kids, Paul Craggs, actively operates 46 ‘primary resource extraction’ sites across Eurasia, running Xannat International Ltd. Xannat mines, produces, and distributes aggregates, concretes, copper concentrates, and construction stone for road, rail, marine, and concrete applications. He has said that he manages “a consolidated turnover significantly larger than many hedge funds.” Cragg’s job is to tear natural resources out of mother earth and sell them… for a profit… Which must have made for some exciting pillow talk.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article said that Vix Lowthion and Paul Craggs were married. Guido is happy to clarify that they are not but do have three children together. Guido is happy to clarify that Craggs has confirmed that whilst Xannat International is based in the Seycelles, “All of our business streams in their various localities pay their full local tax obligation.” We can not confirm the ownership of Xannat International because the Seychelles has no public registry or indeed any filing requirements. It is for this reason on the OECD blacklist for enabling tax evasion.

Khan’s £1-a-Ride Tax Starts Today

Sadiq’s new emissions tax means private hire vehicles will need to pay the Congestion Charge of up to £11.50 per day when driving in the central London “Ultra Low Emission Zone”. As a result from today a £1 central London fee will be added to every Uber trip that starts, ends or passes through the city centre. Khan’s tax is being passed directly on to consumers, it will also hike costs for London’s shops and accelerate the shift to online retailers, which is why the Taxpayers’ Alliance dubs his charge zone an “Ultra Low Enterprise Zone”.

Khan says it is to combat air pollution. In which case it is irrelevant to the rapidly improving trend:

Despite a growing population air pollution in London was 900% higher within living memory. So what is he trying to achieve? He’s raising revenue to splurge for his re-election. Car drivers in the suburbs don’t vote for him and businesses don’t have votes, so he calculates he can tax ’em without losing votes.

In fact across the UK Britain is getting cleaner air at rapid rate. Khan’s tax is neither here nor literally there.Every time Guido gets into an Uber he’ll curse Khan’s tax. So will Londoners…

Naked Protesters Storm the House of Commons

In a turn up for the books, more arses were on show in the Commons chamber than usual this afternoon. James Heappey has taken a photograph of the protest that seemed to grip the attention of quite a number of MPs. No, it’s not about Brexit, they’re protesting climate change…

UPDATE: Here’s the front view…

Update II: Police have had trouble removing the protesters as they have glued their hands to the glass…

Momentum Pickets Closed Bank Branch

Momentum are latching onto fashionable climate change protesting to stay relevant to millenials increasingly disenchanted with Corbyn. They are organising pickets of Barclays because they lend to industry. Industry which uses “fossil fuels”. The campaign is about as logical as picketing a closed Barclays branch on a Saturday…

Should they perhaps refocus their lobbying target? After all when he was campaigning to become leader the headlines wereJeremy Corbyn vows to reopen coal mines. Margaret Thatcher on the other hand…

BBC Admits Scandal-Hit Lord Deben Spread Fake Green News

Guido readers will remember Lord Deben from the ongoing inquiry into his multiple conflicts of interests over £600,000 payments funnelled to his family business. The scandal-hit Climate Change Committee Chair has been dealt another blow with the BBC publicly admitting that he misled viewers of the Today Programme with his daft claim that there was a ban on onshore wind power. Which there isn’t. Obviously.

But the BBC Executive Complaints Unit made an embarrassing mistake themselves over Deben’s claim on the same programme that onshore wind was the cheapest form of generating electricity. They say that according to a BEIS formula, onshore wind is the cheapest form of electricity today. The actual government tables clearly show that gas turbines are cheaper. A pretty shoddy mistake to make after two rounds of BBC investigations…

Lib Dems Declare ‘Climate Emergency’, then Approve Massive New Coal Mine

Vince Cable stressed to the Lib Dem Spring Conference last week that “There is now a climate emergency.  But you wouldn’t think so from the complacent attitude of the government.” Quite the statement given that this year CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest levels since 1888

He might want to tell that to his own councillors, who in Cumbria this week unanimously approved a new £165 million coal mine set to extract coal along the Copeland coastline. The Liberal Democrat chair of Cumbria County Council’s development committee, Geoff Cook, said:

“We felt that the need for coking coal, the number of jobs on offer and the chance to remove contamination outweighed concerns about climate change and local amenity.”

Some ‘climate emergency’…

Environment Protesters Trash the Environment

The school skivers’ foul mouthed environmental protest today ended with a strong sense of ‘do as we say not as we do’, leaving Westminster littered with plastic rubbish. Maybe if they weren’t so busy littering they would learn that the UK has reduced CO2 emissions more than any other developed country, this year falling back to levels last seen in 1888…

Skiving Kids Chant “Theresa May’s a F***ing Wh*re”

Today schoolchildren are bunking off school again to protest the changing climate. Guido has obtained footage of the chant they were shouting outside Number 10: “One Two Three Four, Theresa May’s a f***ing wh*re.” Guido has it on good authority that people who appeared to be teachers were egging on the chanting…

Green MEP Calls For Holiday Adverts to be Banned

Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato, fresh from being arrested on a runway, was so outraged at a tube advertisement featuring an aeroplane this morning that she called on them to be banned. The MEP, who regularly commutes from England to Belgium to France and then back again, thinks it’s one rule for her and another for her constituents…

By coincidence, some schoolchildren will be bunking off again today to protest climate change, despite the UK having cut CO2 emissions back faster than any other country in the developed world. Will she be telling all the private school kids on today’s ‘School Climate Strike’ that they shouldn’t be going on their holidays?

UPDATE: Guido hears that Molly Scott Cato has been proposed for a Peerage by the Green Party. Unbelievable…

Government Cracking Down on Food It Describes as Healthy

New research assessing the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy has revealed that the proposals would be far more drastic than most politicians realise. The proposals advocate severe restrcitions on the advertising, sale, display, and affordability of what campaigners call ‘junk food.’ But there is no legal definition of junk food…

The Government instead takes ‘junk food’ to mean all food that is ‘high in fat, sugar, and salt’ (HFSS food as defined by the Nutrient Profiling Model). This includes raisins, sultanas, most tinned fruit, most yoghurts, nearly all cheese (including half-fat cheese), cream crackers, tomato soup, hummus, ham, pesto, cereal bars, pure orange juice, olive bread, salami, many pasta sauces, butter, margarine, more than half of all meat, and one in every four sandwiches. Not exactly the bargain buckets that come to mind when the word ‘junk food’ is mentioned…

Under the Government’s proposals, all of these items (some of which are even recommended by the NHS as healthy ‘sugar swaps’) will be subject to pricing, promotion and advertising restrictions, a 9pm broadcast advertising ban, a ban on price promotions like meal deals and buy-one-get-one-free, and a display ban at shop entrances, checkouts and at the end of aisles. The Government’s bonkers strategy leaves us sleepwalking towards a miserable nannying tasteless future…

UK Carbon Emissions Lowest Since 1888

New Carbon Brief analysis has revealed that the UK has cut its CO2 emissions back to their lowest level since 1888, outside of general strikes in 1921 and 1926. Far from the alarmist picture painted by a few thousand children last month, over the past seven years, the UK has seen its fastest sustained fall in CO2 emissions in history. And since 1990 Carbon emissions in the UK have fallen faster than in any other major economy in the world…

Maybe on this issue it’s better to listen to the adults…

Polar Bear Numbers Reach New Highs

A new paper written by zoologist Dr Susan Crockford to mark International Polar Bear Day today has found that global polar bear numbers have continued to rise. Numbers have been steadily increasing since 2005, with 2018 data estimating the highest number of polar bears globally since they were protected by international treaty in 1973.

Numbers are so high that Inuit leaders have been pleading with he Canadian government for more polar bear population control as violent attacks against native populations have dramatically risen in recent years. Far from the 2007 predictions of a 67% decline in global polar bear numbers, the new report reveals that numbers have risen to the highest levels in decades. Happy International Polar Bear Day! 

Disgraced Deben Lobbied for More Green Subsidies the Same Day as His Dodgy Drax Dealings

The formal inquiry into Lord Deben continues over the £600,000 in payments his family-run ‘Sustainability Consultancy’ Sancroft International received from taxpayer-subsidised ‘Green’ corporations – in what appears to be a flagrant conflict of interests with his role as Climate Change Committee chair. Now, confidential documents seen by Guido appear to show that on the very same day as Deben was arguing in Parliament in favour of expensive renewable energy subsidies, his firm was meeting with cash-guzzling, wood-pellet-burning, biomass generator Drax Group in a secret meeting that resulted in a £15,500 payment for Sancroft. Not bad for a day’s work…

The debate on 30 November 2017 was on an amendment to the Renewables Obligation Order, the largest and most expensive scheme to subsidise supposedly ‘low-carbon’ technologies – like burning wood pellets. Drax are the biggest recipients of Renewable Obligation support in the country, receiving a whopping £481m from the taxpayer in 2017…

Combined with money from other schemes this took their total level of public support to a staggering £729m in 2017 – all for burning dirty woodchips instead of coal. Somehow they still managed to make a loss before tax of £183m that year…

Deben attempted to play down the impact that these subsidies were having on people’s energy bills while arguing forcefully that Britain’s manufacturing businesses should not be “let off the hook” for the costs of decarbonisation. Of course as these costs rise, so do the subsidies that go to Drax. Yet Deben made no disclosure of his relationship with Drax. In fact Guido has found at least 12 instances of him speaking in Parliament in favour of measures which benefit his private ‘Green’ clients without declaring his Sancroft interests…

Deben’s lawyers claim that the Climate Change Committee gave Sancroft the go ahead on this project. How they ever thought it was appropriate for the Chairman of their supposedly independent committee to be receiving payments from the biggest subsidy beneficiary of them of all is extraordinary…

Green MEP Arrested in Brussels

Amidst all the party splits and leftist infiltration of Labour, the Greens are doing their best to bring back the flavour of the 80s with a good old-fashioned CND-style protest. UK Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has been arrested in Brussels, along with two other Green MEPs and Belgian anti-NATO ‘peace activists’ after the group scaled the wall of a Belgian military base that stockpiles US weapons.

Scott Cato then blocked a runway for F-16 fighters at the Kleine Brogel military base near the Dutch border along with French Green Michèle Rivasi and Luxembourger Tilly Metz. Austrian Green MEP Thomas Waitz was also arrested for demonstrating outside the base. The Guardian is reporting that they could be facing five-year prison sentences under Belgian state security laws. The one thing we do know is that the police clearly haven’t confiscated her phone as she’s carried on tweeting incessantly since her arrest…

Faiza Shaheen Caught Saying Sadiq’s Emission Tax is “Unfair” and Will Hit Poorest Hardest

Labour’s rising media star Faiza Shaheen has been recorded at an event calling Sadiq Khan’s new pollution tax “unfair” and warning that it will hit working class traders and families hardest. As much as Corbyn and Khan don’t get along, directly attacking one of his core policies can’t be the official Party Line…

Shaheen, Labour’s candidate to take on Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford and Woodford Green – not that the media normally bothers to mention that – was speaking at an event alongside fellow ‘rising star’ Rebecca Long-Bailey.[…] Read the rest

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