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Until the cause is taken up by others, we must continue to point to UK Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey,’s apparent conflict of interest regarding the nuclear industry, and in particular, French state-owned EDF nuclear. EDF stands for Electricity of France.
According to Thompson (1993):
“The conflict in a conflict of interest exists whether or not a particular individual is actually influenced by the secondary interest. It exists if the circumstances are reasonably believed (on the basis of past experience and objective evidence) to create a risk that decisions may be unduly influenced by secondary interests.” (cited in Lo and Field (2009), cited in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest, emphasis added )
Regarding conflict of interest, the OECD prefers “apparent conflict of interest” and “that a reasonable person, knowing the relevant facts, would conclude that the official’s ‘private-capacity interest’ could improperly influence the official’s conduct or decision-making.” For Ed Davey, we point to “the potential for conflict of interest to arise from the employment or business activities of other members of an employed official’s immediate family.” http://www.oecd.org/gov/ethics/49107986.pdf (emphasis added)
Ed Davey’s apparent conflict of interest regarding the nuclear industry, especially the 85% French government owned EDF, stems from his brother Henry Davey. EDF owns and operates eight of the UK’s ten nuclear power stations and under Ed Davey’s tenure has gotten permission to build a new one at Hinkley Point and is eyeing a new one at Sizewell. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Électricité_de_France http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDF_Energy
“EDF Energy’s official and unofficial influence within government is extremely worrying… ‘Davey’s brother advised EDF on trading contracts relating to the company’s acquisition of British Energy in 2008. Herbert Smith has since worked with EDF to gain development consent for the construction and operation of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset…Ed Davey made a dramatic U-turn by declaring he is now pro-nuclear. The connection with his brother’s professionals interests is simply too close for comfort.” (emphasis added) http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/new-energy-secretarys-appointment-underlines-unhealthy-relationship-between-government-and We find their last statement to be a profound understatement.
Let’s hear it from Nuclear Eddy boy himself, 21 October, 2013:
“Edward Davey gives a statement on the initial agreement reached on a new nuclear power station at Hinkley:
‘I am pleased to inform the House that the Government and EDF have reached broad commercial agreement on the key terms of a proposed investment contract for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
This paves the way for the construction of Hinkley Point C – the first nuclear power station in the UK for a generation.” https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/agreement-reached-on-new-nuclear-power-station-at-hinkley
Regarding the Davey brothers, we rest our case.
The Queen herself is in grievous breach of duty for allowing the nuclear industry, which is also currently foreign-owned, to poison the kingdom with radionuclides, whether in allowing dumping of radionuclide waste to public landfills, or allowing the continuance of old nuclear power and new, which jeopardizes the health, safety, and welfare of her kingdom, of neighboring countries and the world. The Queen is old enough to stand up for the right thing if she wanted to. If she does not choose to do the right thing and stop the nuclear industry, history will not be kind to her, if there are survivors for there to be a history.
Who is this Ed Davey?
“Edward Jonathan “Ed” Davey MP FRSA (born 25 December 1965) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kingston and Surbiton since 1997, and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change since 2012. He was previously the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with responsibility for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Davey
Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is a British government cabinet position currently held by Ed Davey. The Department for Energy and Climate Change was created on 3 October 2008 when former Prime Minister Gordon Brown reshuffled his Cabinet.
The Energy and Climate Change Secretary revives the earlier post of the Secretary of State for Energy as head of the Department of Energy, existing from 1974 to 1992. After which, the Department of Energy was merged into the Department of Trade and Industry under the Conservative government of Sir John Major in 1992.
Sixteen years later, and immediately prior to the creation of the new department, energy policy was the responsibility of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (itself now a defunct government department, superseded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills).
In 2010, Lord Marland was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.
On 3 February 2012, Chris Huhne resigned from the post after it was announced that he would be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice, in relation to accusations that he passed on speeding penalties to his ex-wife to avoid losing his own licence. The post was taken over by Ed Davey on the same day.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_for_Energy_and_Climate_Change
Notice that this position was created by former PM Gordon Brown, who himself had an “apparent” conflict of interest with EDF through HIS brother Andrew:
“In 2003 Brown left the news industry and joined PR company Weber Shandwick as director of media strategy. In 2004 he joined French energy firm EDF Energy, as head of media relations, where as of 2011 he held the position of director of corporate communications.” (references at link) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Brown_(media_strategist) Gordon Brown is another Methodist, who like Margaret Thatcher before him, gives John Wesley an undeserved bad name.
In May 2008, BBC states that “Gordon Brown has said the UK needs to increase its nuclear power capacity – raising the prospect of plants being built in new locations.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7424158.stm
Nuclear Eddy, Henry, Gordy, and Andy have a buddy across the Pond in Nuclear Mary:
Senator Mary Landrieu is now Chair of the US Senate Energy Committee and is on the Senate Appropriations Committee (i.e. spending). Not only is she from a predominantly petroleum dependent state, especially since BP killed the fishing industry for all practical purposes, but is blatantly beholden through campaign donations to those involved in new nuclear builds: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=Career&cid=n00005395&type=I
Hard to figure out which of these bloody politicians is the most disgusting! Nuclear is a bloody industry in more ways than one!
“Politics in the U.S. is dominated in many ways by political campaign contributions. Candidates are often not considered ‘credible’ unless they have a campaign budget far beyond what could reasonably be raised from citizens of ordinary means. The pernicious impact of this money can be found in many places, most notably in studies of how campaign contributions affect legislative behavior.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest
We volunteer Gordy, Eddy, Henry, Mary, Andy, and all the other pro-nukies to go help clean up Fukushima and the rest of the nuclear messes in the world. If the Queen won’t speak up to protect her subjects and her kingdom, then we volunteer Queenie to clean up Fukushima too! If the nuclear machine is not stopped, the Queen will not live to the same ripe age as the Queen Mum, anyway.
We ask these government officials, and their siblings, to respond to us in the public sphere, because it is the proper place to do so.
Additionally, due to the fierce urgency of educating the public to the dangers of the nuclear power industry, before its minions destroy humanity and the earth, we are currently unable to entertain correspondence.
Unlike the Queen and the Noblesse, who appear to have lost their Oblige, we are currently understaffed.