“The smuggest, most supercilious man I know”


In Brussels, I am accustomed to being in a minority — although I am finding that in some circles, like the European Energy Forum and the Industry Committee, a refreshing draught of common sense is creeping in at the margins.  That is why we managed to vote down the efforts of the greens and the left to bring forward the utterly perverse “Market Stability Reserve” from 2021 to 2017.

Some colleagues seem to have woken up to the extent of the threat which climate alarmism poses to EU competitiveness.

I am not accustomed, however, to being in a minority of one.  Yet such was the case on Wednesday evening, when I attended a dinner meeting in Brux with UK MPs from the Climate Change Committee of the HoC.  There were five MPs, all passionate Warmists, and led by the notorious Tim Yeo, that bête noire of climate realists.

There were half a dozen MEPs, including three Labour MEPs; the last remaining Lib-Dem MEP Catherine Bearder; and a Tory who arrived late after speaking in Plenary.  And then there were half a dozen staffers from the Westminster Committee and from UKREP.  Warmists to a man (and woman).

But what amazed me most was the egregious rudeness of Tim Yeo.  I was frankly astonished.  After letting others put their position on the ETS/MSR , I made the case that the policy was perverse — that we were driving jobs and investment and industry out of the EU, and arguably increasing global emissions in the process – very much the case that I made on Monday 26th in ITRE.   And I made my remarks in a quiet, urbane and entirely reasonable way (honest).  I was much less forceful over dinner than I had been in Committee.

As I concluded my remarks, Yeo turned to the rest of the table and said “Now that we’ve heard that rant, let’s go back to the business of the evening”.  I must buy him a dictionary — he clearly is unfamiliar with the meaning of the word “rant”.

He was there as a guest in the European parliament, and as a guest, he had a duty of respect and courtesy — but those qualities seemed to be quite foreign to him.  I was forced to raise my voice and give him a little verbal chastisement.  He declared that he would show me no respect, because I had insulted him on social media (he said), and told lies about him.  I invited him to give an example of such a lie, but he was unable to do so, and merely harrumphed instead.

Neither was there any answer — either from Yeo or from the others — to the basic issues of what they call “carbon leakage”, and what I (and Antonio Tajani) call “an industrial massacre”.  The three Labour MEPs all claimed a trade union background, yet they seemed totally indifferent to the job losses — in hundreds of thousands — which EU policy is creating.

Not only rude, but ignorant.  Over an issue to do with smart meters, Tim Yeo came up with the extraordinary proposition that “UKIP is opposed to giving consumers a free choice”.  Since we’re a libertarian party fighting for an EU referendum (plus other referenda), his assertion is not only wrong, but wildly and absurdly wrong.  I hesitate to call it a lie, because it may have been a mistake — but if so it shows a remarkable degree of culpable ignorance.  If you’re going to tell lies about UKIP, Tim, you might at least try to make them half-credible, rather than spouting such obvious nonsense, and making yourself look like an idiot.

I mentioned these exchanges later to an MEP from Yeo’s own party, the Tories.  The reply? “He’s the smuggest, most supercilious man I know”.  No wonder his constituency party has de-selected him.

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21 Responses to “The smuggest, most supercilious man I know”

  1. PJ says:

    Yeo knows that his ‘gravy train is coming to an abrupt end Roger – so it doesn’t really matter how rude & ignorant the man is!

  2. omanuel says:

    Rudeness is to be expected when you speak the truth. The President of the US NAS tried to turn off the “mike” in 2008 when I reminded a gathering of the economic consequences of AGW policies at NAS headquarters.

    Now, seven years later, the public is beginning to grasp why UN was formed and its impact on science:

    Aston’s promise and warning about nuclear energy in 1922 was followed by unreported CHAOS and FEAR of nuclear annihilation in AUG-SEPT 1945 [1]. Frightened world leaders formed the UN on 24 OCT 1945 to get international agreement to prohibit public knowledge of energy in cores of heavy atoms, stars and galaxies [2]. Thus started “The Great Social Experiment” that is now ending with embarrassed Nobel Prize winners and National Academies of Sciences unable or unwilling to respond to nine pages of precise experimental measurements and observations that were ignored earlier [2].


    1. Aston’s Promise & Warning (Dec 1922); CHAOS and FEAR (Aug 1945) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/CHAOS_and_FEAR_August_1945.pdf

    2. “Solar energy,” Adv. Astronomy (submitted for on-line review, 6 JAN 2015): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Solar_Energy_For_Review.pdf

    3. “The Great Social Experiment of 1945-2015”

    Click to access Social_Experiment.pdf

  3. gmlindsay says:

    I have always found Yeo to be arrogant and patronising with a good conceit of himself. He has also shown almost total ignorance on issues surrounding the global warming/climate change debate. Long past his sell by date and time to enjoy his renewable energy company funded sinecures.

    • gmlindsay says:

      Most politicians I know are money grabbing chancers of the first order – in politics to enrich themselves only. Yeo certainly falls into that category.

    • DougS says:

      ‘Arrogant and patronising’ doesn’t begin to describe Yeo. Those are terms I’d use to describe the likes of David Aronovitch, Will Self and Will Hutton, smug people who sneer at anyone that disagrees with them.

      No, Yeo is in an entirely different class – a loud, rude, ranting idiot – as well as being arrogant and patronising!

  4. Given that he’s been thoroughly disgraced, why, in the name of all that’s pure and holy, is he not merely sitting on, but CHAIRING a Commons committee?

  5. catweazle666 says:

    A profoundly unpleasant individual.

    The time is coming…

  6. Jane Davies says:

    The law of karma, says only this: `for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.’ A skillful event is one that is not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions; an unskillful event is one that is accompanied by any one of those things. (Events are not skillful in themselves, but are so called only in virtue of the mental events that occur with them.)
    Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.
    Do not fear Roger….this nasty little man will get his comeuppance!

  7. Charles Wardrop says:

    His record is nothing to be proud of, with confirmatory events scattered demonstrating his selfish, parasitic and shady ways. A man who clearly justifies Theresa May’s description of the Tory Party as “nasty”. Hopefully, there are not too many more like him, at least as an un-repentant, but his election as a H. Of C. Ctee Chmn makes one suspect “birds of a feather”.

  8. Jane Davies says:

    Are you going to tell us what you said to him Roger? I’d love to hear your “verbal chastisement”!

    • Roger Helmer MEP says:

      “Excuse me, Tim (raised voice) I have asked you a civil question and I expect a civil answer. You are a guest in this parliament and I expect you to behave accordingly” (as near as I can remember).

  9. thejollygreenman says:

    Tim cannot hide disdain for the common folk as well as Cameron, they all despise the common folk. Just get used to that.

  10. Derek says:

    Your experience of being in a minority of one reminded me of the time when I attended an EU meeting called an Agora, in which EU “civil society” was to discuss climate. I was the only sceptic at the event. It is hard to try and put your view under those conditions, but necessary all the same. At least the Civil Society members were civil, unlike Mr Yeo

  11. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Unfortunately, so many of them are up their own ars*s they cannot see the full light of day. You just wonder who his voters are/were? Oh…Tories!

    • Roger Helmer MEP says:

      But remember they’ve had the good sense to de-select him! I find that Tory members and voters are frequently very sensible. But they, like us, find it very difficult to square their views and values with the actions of senior Tory politicians.

  12. Mike Stallard says:

    If he was alone and just a silly, rude, pompous ass, then this is amusing but not important.
    The trouble is that he speaks for the BBC, for nearly every University and school, for the Met office, the IPCC and NASA.
    I know climate believers who still believe in AGW and the hockey stick. I never ever mention the word “climate” or I get a real rant.

    • Roger Helmer MEP says:

      If they still believe in the Hockey Stick, they’re just not following the debate. It’s been comprehensively debunked. I think that the climate orthodoxy will be like the Berlin Wall. Its fall will be sudden, and for many, unexpected.

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  14. Ian Terry says:

    It is not a crime to be ignorant but it is a crime to show it and this pillock has long been past it. The other problem is that he and 1000s like him live to breed.

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