12/30/2009

Where does gummer's decision to stand down leave Cameron's Green policies ?

Whilst it may have seemed fairly minor news when it was announced that John Selwyn-Gummer is to stand down as MP for Suffolk Coastal at the next general election, it does raise some questions about the Tories Green credentials and the future of Cameron's claims that the Tories can be trusted on the Green agenda.

Gummer is standing down to be a a campaigner on environmental matters, very noble. But when only 40 of David Cameron's MPs even voted to support the climate change bill, and with many of the possible new intake of Tory hopefuls being even more ardent global warming deniers, it must be ablow to Cameron that one of the few Tories who would support Camerons greener policies is to go.

13 comments:

Johnny Norfolk said...

I think you are trying to make something out of nothing. It has been clear for some time that John would stand down this time. I think he has stayed longer than he intended. As far as green issues are concerned action speaks louder than signing bits of paper.Labour for example have made lots of noise and done little action.

Norfolk Blogger said...

But Cameron is looking increasingly isolated over the issue within his own party. This will not help him.

Quiet_Man said...

Hopefully it will mean an end to green taxes, but I doubt it, the politicians love affair with our money will always find a way into our wallets somehow.

English Pensioner said...

As it would seem that the majority of the English population don't believe that climate change is Man Made, if Cameron is taking the view that you claim, he's clearly in line with public opinion, which, for a politician these days, is particularly noteworthy.

Johnny Norfolk said...

I mean this carbon trading thing is a joke just who thought that one up.

Norfolk Blogger said...

Who says a majority of English people have that view ? One skewed poll ? Funny how data can be twisted isn't it ?

Anonymous said...

Wow, is Gummer still alive then? I remember he used to be a real idiot back in the day. How did people like that ever get elected? Mind you, he does look rather 'fenland' so I can see the appeal for his constituants

Paul Garrard said...

Tories only ever come in one colour: true blue.

As for Gummer, once an idiot always an idiot!

James Higham said...

Hung parliament, Nich.

James said...

May I suggest you also do a piece on the Energy and Climate Change Committee? Apart from the fact that 2 of the 4 Conservative members have the lowest meeting attendances (Nadine Dorries 6 out of 23,Julie Kirkbride 8 out of 23)another member Charles Hendry, the Shadow Minister for Energy and CC has submitted oil and electricity utility bill for his "second' homes of aprox 4,500 pounds for the year.Of course there is also Dorries quarter gas bill of over 1000 pounds for her 'second' home. Both hugely excessive amounts when you consider they are for the energy used by a single person staying part time in their respective properties. Both have publicly stated that they spend more time in their other main homes.
Hardly responsible people suitable for sitting on a committee scrutinising,recommending.criticising or advising Ed Milliband's ministry. Perhaps Nich you could compare your utility bills with theirs. I'm sure they are nowhere near their excessive amounts.

Norfolk Blogger said...

But Cameron will not take action against Dorries or those in his inner circle. The only Tories Cameron takes action against are those he wants to move on.

None of the above said...

£1000 gas bill for a second home?

and what amounts to not bothering to attend important committees?

I can't even begin to understand how this sort of thing is allowed to happen.

Norfolk Blogger said...

Because she is under the cloak of protection from Cameron. He protects his favoured ones and hangs others out to dry.

Is this the sign of a potentially reforming PM ?

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