(It’s not satire – it’s the Tories!)

Up until just yesterday afternoon, Lord Howell – the Tory peer who said that ecologically damaging fracking for shale gas could go ahead in the north-east of England because the countryside there is so ‘desolate‘ –  was described on the official government information website www.gov.uk as an adviser to the Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Here’s a screen shot of a cached copy:

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By yesterday evening however, his role had been deleted and the website now states he ‘no longer works for the government’:

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You can almost smell the desperation of the government to distance itself from such an electoral liability.

Presumably it won’t be so easy to whitewash from history the fact he’s the chancellor George Osborne’s father-in-law.

Seems to me the only thing that’s going to be desolate in the north-east of England is the Tory’s chances of ever winning any election there again.


Thanks to Greenpeace head of media Ben Stewart for noticing this gem.


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