Tom Brake has become the latest Lib Dem to dabble in climate hypocrisy, after Guido revealed Jo Swinson’s fracking cash. Last month Tom Brake flew to Russia at the expense of big oil company Total IPG Russia, just weeks before calling on the Prime Minister to tell Trump that there must be “no back-tracking on climate change & no cosying up to Putin”. His big oil funded all-expenses-paid trip came at the expense of a company who are drilling the Arctic for over four billion barrels of oil equivalent and have ties to the Kremlin.
This is just the latest bout of hypocrisy to hit the Lib Dems’ “climate emergency” campaign after they approved a massive new coal mine earlier this year. When it comes to climate it’s one rule for the Lib Dems and another rule for everyone else…
UPDATE: Tom Brake gets in touch to say
“… This is my entry (an error was made in reporting to me who had paid for different elements of the trip which has been corrected in this entry). Flights etc were paid for by Pluteos AG. The only thing that was paid for by Total was a lunch at the French Embassy which cost less per head than the reporting threshold.”
Pluteos is one of those consultancies run by ex-spooks that do discreet business for clients with geo-political concerns, clients like oil corporations. So no transparency there…
New details from the Electoral Commission show that the Labour Party received Russian linked money.
Room One Limited, donated £12,500.00 to the Labour party in the second quarter of 2018. They own a 50% stake in a recently dissolved company Room One 360 Limited. The other 50 per cent was held by a Russian Technology company, EYEDENTITY360 who operate out of Tver in Western Russia. Both Room One Limited and Room One 360 Limited shared a Director and operated out of the same London Address.
Russian influence in the Corbynsphere is nothing new…
Last week Guido reported that analysis by the respected international think tank the Alliance for Securing Democracy had found that the #WeAreCorbyn hashtag was being pushed by Twitter accounts known to be linked to Russian state. Now the same think tank, whose esteemed bipartisan advisory council includes former world leaders as well as cabinet secretaries from the Obama and Bush administrations, says the same is happening with the #ResignWatson hashtag. It is the second top hashtag used in the last 48 hours by a monitored set of Russian-linked accounts:
And it is the top trending hashtag with the highest percentage increase over the last 48 hours among the monitored accounts:
As always, Guido highly doubts the intervention of Russian-backed accounts on any topic makes much difference. Though no doubt who they are backing over the last week…
Analysis by the respected international think tank the Alliance for Securing Democracy has found that Jeremy Corbyn is being backed by an army of Russian linked Twitter accounts. The alliance, whose esteemed bipartisan advisory council includes former world leaders as well as cabinet secretaries from the Obama and Bush administrations, tracks Russian influence operations on Twitter.
Of all the trends among Twitter accounts known to be linked to Russian state over the last 48 hours, by far and away the highest social media influence priority was pushing the #WeAreCorbyn hashtag.
Will Carole Cadwalladr pick up on this?
Vladimir Putin says he wanted Donald Trump to win the 2016 election pic.twitter.com/Z9K5JtMQK4
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 16, 2018
Tory peer Greg Barker’s Russian dirty money fiasco is going from bad to worse. First, his boss Oleg Deripaska was whacked with sanctions by the US government, with shares in Barker’s En+ then plummeting. Next, the Foreign Affairs select committee condemned the flotation of En+ on the London Stock Exchange, with MI6 and US security officials expressing concerns about the IPO. So you can see why Barker would want to hire a lobbying firm to help him fight the sanctions…
Unfortunately, the firm Barker has chosen, Mercury Public Affairs, which is charging En+ more than $100,000 a month, is the subject of two subpoenas from Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian links to the Trump campaign. The Washington Post reported:
The investigators asked Mercury for information about their public relations work at Manafort’s behest for a Brussels-based organization called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which pushed for improved relations between Ukraine and European countries. The Brussels group primarily advanced the interests of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party that had been a client of Manafort’s before he joined the Trump campaign.
So the firm Barker has brought in to spin for him amid allegations of links to Russia is itself being investigated for its own links to Russia. Quite a run of bad luck for Greg…