Wednesday 12th of December 2018

money grows on trees for his majesty-in-waiting...


Prince Charles campaigned to alter climate-change agreements without disclosing his private estate had an offshore financial interest in what he was promoting, BBC Panorama has found.

The Paradise Papers show the Duchy of Cornwall in 2007 secretly bought shares worth $113,500 in a Bermuda company that would benefit from a rule change.

The prince was a friend of a director of Sustainable Forestry Management Ltd.

The Duchy of Cornwall says he has no direct involvement in its investments.

A Clarence House spokesman said the Prince of Wales had "certainly never chosen to speak out on a topic simply because of a company that it may have invested in.

"In the case of climate change his views are well known, indeed he has been warning of the threat of global warming to our environment for over 30 years.

"Carbon markets are just one example that the prince has championed since the 1990s and which he continues to promote today."

'Conflict of interest'

He added Prince Charles was "free to offer thoughts and suggestions on a wide range of topics" and "cares deeply" about the issue of climate change but "it is for others to decide whether to take the advice".

Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said Prince Charles's actions amounted to a serious conflict of interest.

He said: "There's a conflict of interest between his own investments of the Duchy of Cornwall and what he's trying to achieve publicly.

"And I think it's unfortunate that somebody of his importance, of his influence, becomes involved in such a serious conflict."

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meanwhile on the gold cost...

I mean the gold coast but the computer says "cost", why fight it:


The mascot of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games may have a grim future, with experts saying koalas “face extinction” within five years.

A Gold Coast wildlife hospital also reported being “swamped with sick and injured animals" found“wandering, disoriented or emaciated, injured or sick”.

These were some of the alarming reports heard by a group of around 200 Gold Coast residents at a community meeting held in Broadbeach recently (26/10/17) to hear concerns about the policies and actions of the Gold Coast City Council under the administration of Mayor Tom Tate.

Organised by GECKO, the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environmental Council, with the help of local activist group Save our Spit, many of the issues raised concerned the way unsustainable development was degrading the environment of the City and its wildlife. Rampant habitat and species loss ‒ including an alarming decline in koala numbers ‒ the destruction of parks, greenspace, iconic natural features, cherished landmarks and dismay at radical increases in urban density were all concerns voiced repeatedly at the meeting.

It ended with unanimous votes of no-confidence in the Council and in favour of the Council being sacked by the State Government, and an administrator appointed.

You can read more about this meeting in an earlier report published on IA HERE:

NO CONFIDENCE! Residents rebel as developers take over Gold Coast Council. @davrosz reports.

— IndependentAustralia (@independentaus) November 5, 2017

One of the most troubling issues raised at the meeting, however, concerned the plight of koalas, a species once abundant on the Gold Coast.



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