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Samizdata quote of the day – why the Tories need to burn to ash

Almost half the Conservative Party’s backbench MPs in the British Parliament belong to a Caucus promoting extreme Net Zero ideas that is funded by a small group of green billionaire foundations. The Conservative Environment Network (CEN), which acts mostly as a lobby group, receives over 80% of its funding from the European Climate Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers, Oak Foundation, WWF-UK and Clean Air Fund. As regular readers will recall, these paymasters crop up regularly whenever anyone of influence, be they journalists, academics or politicians, requires help and guidance in promoting the insanity of removing hydrocarbon energy from industrial societies within less than 30 years.


It is noted by CEN that when Russia invaded Ukraine “we helped promote the narrative that reducing dependency on fossil fuels through renewable energy and insulation would help defeat Putin”. Quite how fossil fuel dependency is reduced by intermittent renewables that rely on back-up hydrocarbons is not immediately clear. It’s unlikely that Putin quaked in his boots at the thought of the widespread mobilisation of loft insulators in the U.K.

Chris Morrison

I made it clear to my very marginal Tory MP (150 vote majority last election) that her membership in CEN guarantees I will be voting Reform.

19 comments to Samizdata quote of the day – why the Tories need to burn to ash

  • Kirk

    I keep hoping for a true Black Swan event, one that makes the entire premise of the climate scam utterly irrelevant and ridiculous. Observing what happens afterwards? LOL… Highly entertaining.

    It’d be lovely to watch all their plans and machinations go up in smoke, and them scrambling to maintain their positions, as things go from “controlled demolition of modern society” to “Yeah, we’re not doing that…”

    Few years ago, I was talking to a friend about all of the energy sector nuttiness. The man’s a bit of polymath, but he’s also somewhat a loon; his contention was that there were things out there that could very well completely upend the world’s energy markets, and he had no idea why the hell we were still using most of what we were. He made the point about geothermal not ever having been really thoroughly exploited, and a few other things. Then, calling on the “esoteric readings” he’d done in quantum mechanics and all the rest, he speculated that about all that stood between us and a working zero-point energy source was the insight it took to create such a thing, and there’s no telling when, who, or how such an insight might come.

    End of the bottle, he’d run off about seven different things we could be doing differently that would drastically change the energy market. Deep ocean thermal difference exploitation was another one I remember, where you’d basically do two things: One, drastically modify the fertility of the ocean, and use the thermal difference between surface and deep water as a means to run turbines in place while drawing up deep cool water and pushing down warmer nutrient-rich water. The potential for all of this is incredibly high. He also made the point that there was enormous potential in the fact that the Earth’s core rotates differentially from the mantle, and that if you were to figure out a way to exploit that, there has to be enormous energy available there… It’s like a huge natural electric generator.

    It was one of those conversations, ya know. Wish I could have bottled it for use afterwards…

  • John


    After over a decade of procedural prevarication (the process is the punishment) the case of Mann vs Steyn will finally come to court this month

    I wish I felt more confident that the truth will prevail.

  • Roué le Jour

    You’ve answered a question for me, as I’ve often wondered why the back benchers didn’t follow Rishi into the bogs and give him a good kicking, as they are about to lose the best job they will ever have. So they’ve been paid off, how banal.

  • Johnathan Pearce

    It doesn’t surprise me that so many backbench Conservative MPs are like this. In my limited experience of seeing these men and women talk, they haven’t entertained an original or interesting thought in their adult lives.

  • FrankS

    First the academics, fooled by third-rate science and alarmed by trashy journalism, panicked and were easily manipulated by big grants. Second, the agitators and opportunists. Third, the politicians. Teachers seemed happy to scare their pupils with absurd melodrama about climate, leading to widespread anxiety and vulnerability to such as Jso and Xr loopiness. We are in quite a mess, despite the fact that more CO2 in the air is a good thing to have. First-rate scientists like Happer and Lindzen, distinguished atmospheric physicists, have cogently explained why there is no climate emergency.

  • Stonyground

    There is an article in the Telegraph about Bill Gates claiming that food stability is in danger due to climate change. Basically predicting the precise opposite of what is going on in the real world.


    As mentioned in the linked comments and also in comments elsewhere, you can tell when an article is a pile of tosh when the comments are closed.

    As Kirk mentions above, so many people of power and influence are so heavily invested in man made climate change being a thing, that it will take something spectacular to overturn majority belief in it.

  • Jon eds

    Ironically, by attempting to appear more moderate, and reducing the perceived risks of a Labour victory, Keir Starmer is allowing conservative voters to abandon the Tories for Reform, rather than Labour.

    I have my reservations about Reform and was not impressed by how they handled Covid, and the Bridgen affair in particular, but in the absence of a Reclaim party candidate I shall hold my nose and vote for the Reform party candidate.

  • MC

    @Stonyground – the Terriblegraph is a major beneficiary of Gates Foundation largesse; the foundation funds the rag’s global health hysteria team. I’ve also noticed that BTL comments referencing Gates’ relationship with Epstein tend to get deleted… Bought and paid for.

  • Paul Marks

    I try to defend elected politicians (full disclosure – I am one), by pointing out the power of officials and the terrible pressures elected politicians face, and how we are are PUNISHED if we step out of line (for example I am living on borrowed time – the axe will fall), but I can not defend this, membership of this group and other such groups.

    Nothing bad happens to a Member of Parliament who does not join this group, or the other leftist groups that so many “Conservative” Members of Parliament are members of – people are not punished in any way if they do not join.

    So if someone joins one of these groups Ockham’s razor indicates that they really believe this stuff, or at least do not care enough to bother to find out who funds this group before they press “accept” on the e.mail. Although it is very easy to press “accept” on an e.mail – and so some Members of Parliament may be “members” of this group without having a clue what it is about, and who funds it.

    But there are a lot of bad M.Ps, which explains, for example, why Conservative Party members are sometimes presented with Leaders we did not vote for and do not agree with – such as (the dreadful) Mrs May, and with policies Conservative VOTERS do not want – such as mass immigration (most of which has been legal – “the boats” are, to some extent, a distraction from the real problem) and “Net Zero”.

    As for the next election – I doubt that a single Reform Party candidate (or Reclaim Party candidate – I doubt that Andrew Bridgen will hold on) will win a seat, and (tragically) it may (perhaps) be leftist “Conservative” MPs who Central Office has put in seats with very large majorities who hang on – I fear that it will be good Conservative Members of Parliament (and yes there are some) who will lose because they tend to be in seats with much smaller majorities – although this is NOT universally true (there are some bad MPs in small majority seats and some good MPs in big majority seats).

    The next Labour government may well finish off the United Kingdom – as, no matter how bad things are, they can always be made worse, till total destruction is “achieved”.

    “And your plan is WHAT Paul?” – other than trying to help my own Member of Parliament (one of the good ones) to hold on to his seat, I do not have a plan. I can think of no way of saving my country.

  • Jim

    “I keep hoping for a true Black Swan event, one that makes the entire premise of the climate scam utterly irrelevant and ridiculous.”

    I’ve asked on here before what event or events could possibly have this effect, and no-one was prepared to suggest anything, just coming up with bland statements to the effect ‘something will turn up eventually’.

    I am struggling to come up with something that is a) catastrophic to the climate change mind virus, and is not b) utterly destructive of Western society. There are plenty of things that could trigger the destruction of Western society and thus destroy the CCMV with it, but nothing I can think of any that purely target the virus and leave society largely untouched.

  • jon eds

    Paul, Bridgen recently left the Reclaim party (in good terms) and will be standing as an independent.

    I’m waiting for Milei to declare Argentina a Libertarian republic with free immigration for the ideologically sound. I’ll need to learn Spanish and get a useful job first though 🙁

  • DiscoveredJoys

    If the Conservatives self combust (and I expect they will) then Labour will shortly follow. Labour need the Conservatives as a foil, and vice versa.

    The old methods of politics are coming to an end, perhaps. There are too many cans and not enough road to kick them down to put off hard decisions for ever.

  • Kirk

    Jim, I’m not thinking something that ends civilization; I’m thinking more along the lines of what ended all the panic about England running out of forests for charcoal and ship timbers during the 18th and 19th Centuries. The charcoal issue went away with the development of substitutes, namely coal and coke. The timber for building ships became less and less of a concern as ship construction shifted over into iron and steel…

    There’s never been a major phase-change event with regards to energy where there hasn’t been an even more powerful replacement discovered as soon as it became necessary. It’s almost spooky, the way that has gone down, historically.

    I’d lay long odds that before we “hit the wall” on fake renewables and the current fossil fuel situation, something will almost certainly turn up.

    It’s really amusing to go back and read all the pamphlets and learned pieces in all the journals, decrying the destruction of England’s forests. Little did the panic-mongers know…

  • Andy

    It’s going to be an interesting election: the party that deserves to lose versus the party that doesn’t deserve to win. I predict a low turnout and apathy being the biggest winner.

    What does concern me though is that assuming the left wins, they will bring in various measures (votes for 16 year olds, more immigration, PR) to ensure the right can never win an election again.

  • bobby b

    January 4, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    “If the Conservatives self combust (and I expect they will) then Labour will shortly follow.”

    “Shortly” is a scary word. Sure, the Berlin Wall ultimately fell. But the time between 1917 and that fall was painful and costly.

  • Roué le Jour

    You are broadly correct but PR won’t help the left, quite the opposite, so that is not on the cards. A more interesting question is whether Labour will permit an Islam party. If such a party emphasized family values and self reliance they could become the de facto party of the right.

  • DiscoveredJoys

    @ bobby b

    The reason I said ‘shortly’ is that a political party that wins a big majority (such as Labour is expected to win in the next GE) usually suffers from a lack of discipline because the awkward members of the Party feel free to argue the toss about everything. Labour, in particular, has always struggled to maintain a united front. Indeed you can argue that Sir Kier has done well to weed out the extremists in advance of (probably) winning the next GE. Once in power, with no resistance from enfeebled Conservatives the gloves are off for internal dissent.

    The last time Labour surged under Tony Blair the circumstances were different. Tony Blair was far more charismatic than Sir Kier and the memory of Margaret Thatcher cast a long shadow to frighten the troops with.

    If Labour turn out to be as inept as the current Conservatives who are you going to call?

  • Jim

    “I’d lay long odds that before we “hit the wall” on fake renewables and the current fossil fuel situation, something will almost certainly turn up.”

    You’re being very naive if you think some technological breakthrough will loosen the hold the woke left have on everything. Not least because they can control whether any new technology can reach the masses anyway. Imagine some new ‘sucking energy out of the ether’ device is invented, such that every house can have its own free source of energy. Do you think they would let people have that? Of course not, they’d ban it in an instant, on some spurious health and safety grounds.

    These people have their hooks into power and they aren’t going to let it go without a considerable fight.

  • Zerren Yeoville

    Is your MP on their membership list?

    Mine is.

    Not to worry – she’ll be out at the election for sure (although the bad news is the Lib Dems are virtually certain to reclaim it, having held it from 1959 to 1979 and again from 1992 to 2015).

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