With Peter Lilley increasingly vocal in the public energy debate ** (what's the opposite of mealy-mouthed ?), we have the amusing position of heavyweight vested commercial interests ranged against each other - on the Tory benches.
It's long been a source of ad hominem ammunition against Tim Yeo and "Lord Deben" (Gummer the Bummer, © Jasper Carrott) that they stand to gain materially from the pro-renewables policies they promote so assiduously. Why, we've even pointed them out on these pages.
But of course Peter Lilley is up to his eyeballs in oil interests, some of which are in distant and none-too-salubrious parts; and fairness dictates we draw attention to these 'n all.
Does it matter ? As far as we can tell they put their interests into the public domain. We get the picture: they are unashamedly talking their own book. And if they are the more knowledgeable for their vested involvement, perhaps it adds to the quality of the debate - capitalists at work ...
What do we think ? I still can't abide Gummer or Yeo.
** but why is his Spectator piece so badly written ? that's the real offence.