Alok Sharma appointed as minister for BEIS and COP26

Posted: February 13, 2020 by tallbloke in climate, Education, government
Alok Sharma MP. Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons.

Alok Sharma gets a promotion in the cabinet reshuffle today:

Sharma was born in Agra, India, but moved to Reading with his parents when he was five years old.[3] He was raised in the Reading suburbs of Earley and Whitley Wood and attended Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning[4] and the University of Salford, from where he graduated with a BSc in Applied Physics with Electronics in 1988.[5]

Sharma subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant.

Sharma was appointed Secretary of State for International Development by Boris Johnson following the resignation of Rory Stewart in July 2019. Upon ascending to the role, he said: “I am delighted… We will work across the whole of government to deliver Brexit and make sure UK aid is tackling global challenges that affect us all.”[20]

In October, Sharma stated he wanted to use the UK leverage over the World Bank to focus the use of the nineteenth International Development Association fund on fighting climate change, building sustainable economies and promoting women’s rights.[21]

Sharma was appointed the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in February 2020 following the sacking of Andrea Leadsom. He has also been made minister for COP26 taking place later this year.

Because he has a physics degree, it’s very unlikely he’ll be open to the idea that the ‘basic physics’ of climate change is fundamentally incorrect.

  1. tallbloke says:

    In other reshuffle news, the new chancellor is Rishi Sunak. No-one at the talkshop will be surprised to learn that Sunak worked as an analyst for investment bank Goldman Sachs. On the plus side, Sunak has been a long time brexiteer and WTO trade supporter.

    Talkshoppers will also remember that Ex Bank of England head Mark Carney recently moved to become the United Nations’ special envoy on climate action and climate finance. He’s also a Goldman Sachs operative.

  2. […] über Alok Sharma appointed as minister for BEIS and COP26 — Tallbloke’s Talkshop […]

  3. tallbloke says:

    Another shuffle:

    Eustice and Theresa Villiers stood together to my left in this image taken at the Cleethorpes Vote Leave rally in 2016. To my right are ex Labour MP Austin Mitchell and then Great Grimsby MP Martin Vickers

  4. tallbloke says:

    Invited onto Sky News to comment on Alok Sharma’s appointment was this lady, who quoted previous COP26 minister Claire Perry and expressed doubts about Sharma’s ability to cover both roles.

    She got another outing on sky a few days ago.

  5. Adam Gallon says:

    Another Goldmann-Sachs plant.
    Got to keep the concept of Carbon trading alive.

  6. ivan says:

    Didn’t take long for Boris to revert to embracing the UN Church of Climatology green Agenda 21 and Agenda 30. Next thing he will have the country bowing down to the EU Green New Deal.

    Pity there isn’t the right of recall of politicians in the UK. If there was we might be able to get rid of this lot and get someone in that knows what they are doing – where is the modern Cromwell when we need him?

  7. oldbrew says:

    Correction: Minister for BS at COP 26.

  8. Annie says:

    Actually, Earley is a part of Wokingham, not Reading.

  9. tallbloke says:

    Ivan, Boris is claiming the big majority at the election has given him the mandate for this nonsense. This twitter poll says otherwise:

  10. ivan says:

    tallbloke, that big majority was obtained under false pretences since he only provided Brexit lite and now he has gone to a shade of pinkish green by following the diktat of the UN Church of Climatology rather than following the way set by president Trump and the US.

  11. oldbrew says:

    New minister regurgitates the usual climate waffle…

    Mr Sharma trained as an accountant and worked in banking before entering politics 10 years ago as MP for Reading West.

    In a speech last month, at a UK-Africa investment summit, he spoke of the “undeniable implications” of climate change.

    “The huge burden of climate change will not be shared equally or fairly across the world.

    “Many developing countries are already bearing the brunt of its impact,” he said.
    – – –
    Stock phrases from the climate propaganda department. Pay your protection money or else…

  12. Saighdear says:

    Not just the Shuffle, but also at RBS =NatWest forthe rest of you: but the wifie in charge now says, too, that the bank won’t support Fossil fuel companies unless ‘woffle wofll waffle’ – I didn’t listen any more. Radio SCotlannd news in the morning and Radio4 after midnight gets sooooh boer -ing

  13. tallbloke says:

  14. oldbrew says:

    Headline of the day…

    God goes green as Church of England sets 2030 net zero commandment
    Thursday 13 February 2020
    – – –
    Hallelujah 😆

  15. markesommer says:

    Perhaps a briefing on the advances in Heliophysics and satellite solar irradiance is in order…. Professor Zharkova could fill him in. The UK will be particularly hard hit with poor agricultural conditions in the coming years and funds would be better spent on greenhouses than on more wind turbines.

  16. hunterson7 says:

    Any updates on the very troubling talk about censorship?

  17. Coeur de Lion says:

    What are the aims of COP26? We need to know so that we can tell whether it has failed or not. It will fail of course. Poison chalice for Sharma

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