Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Examination of the Third Report of the Citizens' Assembly (Resumed)

12:00 pm

Lord Deben:

No. In the election before last when I had just become Chairman, the Conservative Party put out an entirely incorrect statement which it had copied from a particularly ill-named and mischievous organisation, The taxpayers' Alliance, which appears to be allied with nobody and does not represent taxpayers. It seems to represent people who do not want to pay tax. It had produced some quite fictitious figures for the cost of energy. I had to say publicly that the Tory Party was wrong to use it and that it was unacceptable. It was convenient because if I were to say it about any other party, nobody would think I was being partial, but it was the only time.


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