More questions on James Delingpole’s abysmal bid for Corby


11:20 am - November 16th 2012

by Tim Fenton    


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The revelation that James Delingpole was being encouraged to stand in the Corby by-election by Tory MP Chris Heaton Harris – with the apparent proviso he would pull out before having to stump up his £500 deposit – he has written a response that skirts round the issue and doesn’t address the points raised by the Greenpeace expose.

Nor does he explain how the timeline for his candidature, which I put forward yesterday, appears to support the suggestion of conspiracy.

Moreover, the Telegraph has now put on record the assertion thatDelingpole said he had not been approached by … Heaton Harris to stand”.

Anyone might think that the two were trying to give the impression that they weren’t such good friends. But thanks to the good people at Windsor Conservatives, we can see that Del Boy and the MP for Daventry spent some time together recently.

In fact, by the time the Greenpeace film was shot, Heaton Harris and Delingpole had already spent rather a lot of time together, and only the previous week. It was then that the Windsor association held its Conservative Renewal Conference, partly sponsored by the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA). Here, there were a number of “breakout sessions”, one of which was on the environment.

So who was on the panel for this session? To no surprise, the TPA’s chief non-job holder Matthew Sinclair and his former colleague Mark Wallace were present (didn’t think of either as experts on the environment? Neither did I), along with – you guessed it – Chris Heaton Harris and James Delingpole.

When you consider that the TPA has been in the vanguard of the green energy rubbishers – Sinclair has even cobbled together a book on the subject – you can see that it would be in that organisation’s interest to get the Tory Party to move away from wind power.

So I wonder: did Sinclair or Wallace from the TPA attend any meetings, formal or informal, with Heaton Harris and Delingpole? Did the latter pair at any time visit the TPA’s Tufton Street HQ? Was Delingpole’s candidacy discussed in the lead up to the Windsor conference?


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Reader comments


1. Richard Carey

I don’t see much of a story here. Maybe the real question is around Greenpeace getting involved in politics. Isn’t that against the rules?

A Tory MP puts up a friend to stand against a Tory candidate, with both of them potentially intending to commit electoral fraud (which spoiler candidates can be), then lies about whether they were connected?

Nah, no story there, apart from the one about how Greenpeace are wicked.

1. Richard Carey: “Maybe the real question is around Greenpeace getting involved in politics. Isn’t that against the rules?”
Well given that everything is political – maybe Greenpeace should stop campaigning on everything, as should everyone else. We should just let our betters get on with things. That would suit some people.

4. Richard Carey

John B,

no one cares, except those who can’t abide Delingpole, and the wind farm interests, who don’t like the attention to their taxpayer-funded white elephant schemes.

“Maybe the real question is around Greenpeace getting involved in politics. Isn’t that against the rules?”

AFAIK Greenpeace is not a registered charity, it is a pressure group, so it is allowed to be directly political. I might be wrong here mind….

no one cares, except those who can’t abide Delingpole

So that’s “all civilised people” then.

A Tory MP puts up a friend to stand against a Tory candidate, with both of them potentially intending to commit electoral fraud (which spoiler candidates can be), then lies about whether they were connected?

If the intention was always to pull out before candidatures were announced, how on earth can there have been electoral fraud? Plus, I’m fairly sure that Heaton Harris hasn’t claimed never to have met Delingpole has he?

If you’re prepared to lie so shamelessly about science, then electoral procedures are small beer in the lie stakes.

Always good to see those tories who constantly deny conspiracy theories, carrying out …………there own conspiracies.

9. Richard Carey

@ Larry,

“So that’s “all civilised people” then.”

No, just hate-filled lefties, or Guardian readers as they’re sometimes called.

@ Planeshift

AFAIK Greenpeace is not a registered charity, it is a pressure group, so it is allowed to be directly political.

It is a registered charity and they took £27m of public money last year.

That makes them a…. fake pressure group, doesn’t it?

@pagar

You got a source for details of public money going to Greenpeace?

@pagar

You got a link to where it says how much public money Greenpeace get?

(Sorry if this appears twice…didn’t work first time which always risks a double post shortly after)

The response to this story here is enlightening about what people take politics to be.

In some senses I can understand that politics is about influencing policies, and if that means conspiracies to manipulate the media with pretend candidates, or working with lobbyists to pressurise other politicians, that is just politics. If you get away with it, then maybe that’s successful politics.

On the other hand it doesn’t seem healthy to me if politicians think their goal is to be effective by giving false appearances to the public and other politicians in order to manipulate their voting or ministerial decisions. Isn’t it corrupting the political process if it works in this cloak and dagger manner which misleads us as to who is saying what and why in order to get us to act differently to how we would otherwise?

Greenpeace would be overly idealistic to think political parties don’t have power-seeking factions out to mislead fellow members / supporters / leaders in order to gain their ends. But it is good to know (and for Greenpeace to show us) what these factions are up to and how they are going about it, so that we aren’t fooled. And it helps to even the field for any politicians who do try to be honest and straightforward in their dealings with the public and colleagues.


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