Seems Greenpeace are up in arms that a Conservative MP encouraged a potential rival to stand in the Corby by-election because that rival was ‘against’ (shock horror) bird mincers wind farms.
The Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris has apologised for “bragging about things beyond my control” after claims he encouraged a potential rival candidate to run in the Corby by-election in order to influence Conservative policy on wind farms.
Greenpeace, the environmental group, said it had obtained undercover footage of Mr Heaton-Harris apparently admitting to encouraging James Delingpole to stand as an independent, anti-wind farm candidate in Corby.
The MP, who is running the Tories by-election campaign, said the quotes attributed to him included “bragging about things beyond my control”. He denied masterminding a “secret plan” but said he was sorry “if that was the impression given”.
The group said the footage showed that Mr Heaton-Harris hoped to use a Delingpole candidacy to push the issue of wind farms up the political agenda.
To be honest I don’t see why he should apologise, but that’s politics today for you and Greenpeace unfortunately have influence way beyond what ought to be proper in today’s government.
But it does strike me that Heaton-Harris was right to try and highlight the environmental lunacy that passes for policy in today’s government, aided and abetted by environmental groups.I also rather suspect had Delingpole stood, he wouldn’t have won, but he might have taken votes away from the pro-warmist Labour candidate.
Greenpeace themselves have become a big business and have long ago left their roots behind to become international campaigners behind a lot of the environmental nonsense driving people into poverty. Instead of keeping to anti-pollution, over farming and animal cruelty they hitched their star onto ‘global warming’ and the useless measures taken up to justify it and don’t like the fact that the debate has now turned and the methods used are now under the spotlight and receiving a lot of criticism for not working and not being terribly environmentally friendly to boot.
Certainly there is a place for an environmental lobby to try and influence government, but Greenpeace and friends of the Earth have far too much influence over government policy in that their ‘advice’ was taken as gospel and has wrecked our power generation industry. Nor has their influence waned as the folly of global warming/climate change unravels before our eyes.
You can tell just how sensitive they are getting though from the way they react to criticism…