I am encouraged that the Guardian is reporting this at all. When the case resumes in October let’s hope that the result is in favour of these whistle blowers and that OFGEM are judged to have acted illegally. Taking a principled stand against a public body with seemingly limitless financial resources to throw at their case is a brave act – all power to them.
By Paul Homewood
h/t Green Sand
From the Guardian:
Britain’s energy regulator has been fighting to keep secret the claims of two whistleblowers who independently raised concerns about potentially serious irregularities in projects worth billions of pounds, the Guardian can reveal.
The two men say Ofgem threatened them with an obscure but sweeping gagging clause that can lead to criminal prosecutions and possible jail terms for those who defy it.
MPs and the whistleblowing charity Protect fear Ofgem is abusing its position and exploiting a law that was intended to protect UK national security – not a regulator from potential embarrassment.
The Labour MP Peter Kyle said: “Whistleblowers save lives and protect our economy from harm; they should be protected by law, not have it used against them.”
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