Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Environmental robbery

Was a good night for me last night, my beloved Newcastle United became champions of the Championship and hopefully will do well in the Premiership next season.

It's also been a good day for one environmental loon and his wacko belief system.


A worker has won almost £100,000 because his firm discriminated against his environmental views after a landmark legal ruling placed them on a par with religious beliefs. 

Tim Nicholson, 42, was made redundant in July 2008 from his £77,000-a-year post as head of sustainability with Grainger, the UK’s biggest residential landlord.
He was preparing to sue his former employer, alleging that his redundancy was a direct result of his green opinions about the dangers of climate change - which put him at odds with other senior executives within the firm.
At a preparatory hearing last year, a judge ruled that his belief in climate change was legally akin to a religious belief and should be protected from discrimination.
Mr Nicholson, who worked in the firm’s office in Putney, south west London, demanded £756,615 in compensation.
The claim against the firm included £587,925 for loss of earnings, £141,080 for loss of pension rights and £20,000 for injury to feelings.
He accused executives of failing to live up to their own green policies to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, saying they drove “the most polluting cars on the road”.
He said that when he tried to find out how much carbon dioxide Grainger emitted, executives blocked him.
Mr Nicholson was subsequently given permission to sue the firm despite its claims that his views were a lifestyle choice.
It's a shame really because it would have been nice to drag Mr Nicholson through the courts and get him to try and prove his belief that plant fertiliser in the atmosphere is heating up the planet. Certainly the attempt to use his religious belief in global warming climate change (for this is all it can be in the face of increasing evidence of fraud and chicanery in the twisted evidence presented in its proof) Still it proves once again what an ass the law is where someone can use the system to enrich themselves over their beliefs in some sort of environmental fairy story.
Still I'm sure Mr Nicholson is happy and I'm sure Grainger's will be very aware of not ever employing anyone of the Green religion ever again particularly for the post of Sustainability (whatever that is)


4 annotations:

Antisthenes said...

Well religion has gone full circle we are back to Mother Earth worship. Atheists like me thought that religion would eventually extinguish itself as reason and knowledge developed but it appears we are wrong. Does that mean reason and knowledge is declining not advancing, apparently so.

James Higham said...

You're right - Green is a Religion with a Capital R.

Macheath said...

According to the EHRC's code of practice, under the new equality bill “A belief need not include faith or worship of a god or gods, but must affect how a person lives their life or perceives the world.”

Cazzy Jones said...

I agree entirely. Here's my own take on this one. It's all very well for big companies to pay Danegeld but how will small businesses cope with new floodgates opening?