I am not going to make any judgement as I am sure you are quite capable of developing your own opinions.
Chris Huhne, latterly Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, before he went before the Judge and was sentenced to a term in prison for perverting the course of justice. Released on parole with a tag. Now we hear that he has been appointed the European Chairman of Zilkha Bio-mass Energy, a US company recently re-opening a bio-mass pellet factory with an eye on the UK market for such as Drax and and Tilbury where the import figures to the UK are a staggering 1.7million tons. A DECC consultation paper presented in 2012 fuelled the drive for the UK market from the US. Without doubt developed on Huhne’s watch. Previously Zilkha Renewable Energy was a big player in the wind farm market selling out to Energias de Portugal, with the aid of Goldman Saks, in 2005 and renamed Horizon Wind Energy. We are led to believe that Huhne will receive £100,000 for a two day week although ZBE fails to note his criminal past on his biography.
An interested link in the CV’s:
Michael Zilkha graduated with an MA from Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1975.
Chris Huhne graduated with a BA (First Class) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University in 1975.
At the same Charles Hendry, latterly Minister for Energy, has acquired a less well remunerated part time job at £18,000 per year with a company, run by a major benefactor of the Conservative Party Edmund Truell(£280,000), involving him as an advisor with Atlantic Supergrid Corporation, a company seeking to provide an interconnector from Iceland to the UK. Whilst in office Hendry signed a bilateral memorandum to buy power from Iceland for the UK. Leaves you with a warm comfy feeling how well they look after their own?
That both these appointments were approved by the advisory committee on business appointments may raise a few eyebrows and raise questions as to whether it is little more than an old cronies club. Problem was that it was set up by the Politicians to show transparency but in the small print they are excluded from asking the pertinent questions. Clever really! I will let better men, or women, than I decide that.
And just if you thought the troughers were simply a southern malaise we should perhaps look at the Deputy First Minster of the last Scottish Parliamentiary administration Nicol Stephen, now Lord Stephen of Lower Deeside, With an interest as a director of no less than ten renewable energy companies, seven of them incorporated within the last five months, he has been using his seat in the Lords to promote the interests of the renewable industry. Another of the Lib-Dem pack. Not one to let politics get in the way of the gravy train, another of his interests Pilot Offshore Renewables has Kenny MacKaskill, SNP Justice Ministry, brother Allan on board. For full details click here