Yet another one to add to the energy conflicts of interest list...
Chris Huhne, Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who was publicly exposed as a liar and a cheat and then sent down for perverting the course of justice has turned his back on the usual route to slowly rebuilding a public reputation (unpaid or low paid charity work) and has joined the Blair Rich Project instead.
[[ I unfortunately have to say unpaid or low paid in relation to charity work here, because in the Blair era, charities became the plaything of new class of meritocrats (merit in this case being judged on an ill-defined system of ethics in some fashion related, the Blairite system of ethics), which in turn led to increasing numbers of executives in the charity sector being considered worthy of six figure salaries. This seems to be because Blair's new model army of executives have the sort of moral aptitude to counternance and encourage strange and unethical new ways of raising cash on the street and the door-step in return for a nice big cut of the proceeds and a personal expense account.
Blair's new model army of executives look up to Blair and hope one day to be promoted from the meritocracy to the temeritocracy. The temeritocracy includes people of extreme merit, that have the temerity to charge thousands of pounds to speak at charity raising dinners. I expect some would prefer to call it the extrameritocracy.
Anyway charity mugging (or chugging as it is now known) is one of these strange and unethical new ways of raising cash on the street and the door-step. It is justified simply on the grounds of being effective. The chuggers have their vocal chords specially trained and re-engineered so that they can fire off a unrelenting blitzkrieg of guilt trips upon their victims, for several minutes at a time. This holds people hostage, paralysed in a state of confusion and ever increasing mental stress, until they become convinced somehow that giving up their credit card/debit card/bank account details is the only way to escape and at the same time get a good night's sleep ]]
Oh I'm sorry for getting diverted, I was talking about Chris Huhne, the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and the fact he has joined what we all now know as the 'Blair Rich Project' by bagging an energy job with the absolute minimum six figure salary that will qualify him for gold card membership.
These sorts of appointments are against the wider public interest and we should discourage them.
This is so important I will say it again in a slightly different way.
These sorts of appointment are against the wider public interest and firms employing such senior people directly or indirectly should be barred from getting government contracts and public subsidies. The trouble is how do we stop this now that the government is full of people on secondment from the private sector gaining favour, contacts and special influence on their path to joining the elite Blair styled meritocracy and temeritocracy.
Everything there is to know about dealing with DECC in terms of getting to talk to DECC civil servants for advice and in terms of making applications for subsidies should be made available to everyone equally. If I, other members of the public and SME business community have to wait weeks for a nonsensical reply from DECC, then so should the big subsidy farmers aswell. If no one gets a good service from DECC then it is has to reform.
Telegraph story below...
"Chris Huhne employed as £100,000 a year energy executive"
"Chris Huhne has landed a £100,000 job as an executive of an energy company just three months after leaving prison."