Registry of Interests

This is a comprehensive list of my sources of income, and any hospitality or gifts I receive (except from family and friends), beginning in September 2011.

I have opened this registry because I believe that journalists should live by the standards they demand of others, among which are accountability and transparency. One of the most important questions in public life, which is asked less often than it should be, is “who pays?”.

Until members of parliament were obliged to reveal their external earnings, we had no means of knowing whether the positions they took were influenced by the money they made: whether, in other words, they were acting on our behalf or acting on behalf of hidden sponsors. Many of the thinktanks and campaign groups which claim to be independent often sound uncannily like corporate lobbyists. When they refuse to reveal the sources of their funding, the public has good reason to be suspicious. Several journalists have been exposed for what, in the United States, are called payola scandals. It would not be surprising to discover that others were taking undisclosed payments for championing certain interests.

I believe that everyone who steps into public life should be obliged to show on whose behalf they are speaking: in other words who is paying them, and how much. I would like to see journalists, like MPs, become subject to a mandatory register of interests. But until that time I hope to encourage other journalists to declare the sources of their income voluntarily – by declaring mine.

Current state of play:

I have one live contract: with the Guardian, to supply columns, blog posts and other material, from 1st February 2013 until 31st January 2014, for which I am paid an annual fee of £67,000.

I have one other regular source of income: the rent paid to me by the co-operative that leases my house, which currently amounts to £9,480 a year.

Please note: these figures, as well as the additional income cited below, are gross earnings, not net income. I am a freelance journalist, and a good deal of this money is put back into my work. I employ an assistant, run my own office and must also make my own provision for research, travel, pension, tax and other expenses. My total taxable income after personal allowances for the tax year 2011/12 was £45,264. In the tax year 2012/12 it was £51,939.

I will post up any other payments, gifts, hospitality and investments during the first week of every month. I have decided to stop including the review copies of books I receive, as so many come in that it requires a disproportionate amount of work, and I have not been able to keep up. “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12:12.

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Monthly earnings, gifts and hospitality in addition to regular income (which is detailed above):

November 2014

Royalties

Macmillan: Nation Without a State £109.38

Other income
5×15: Speaker fee & expenses £202.74
Hay Festival: Speaker fee £480
Guardian: Syndication fee £90

October 2014

Royalties

HarperCollins: Age of Consent £72.85

Other income
New Statesman: Article £540
Guardian: Syndication fee £90

September 2014

Royalties

ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) £363.83

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £240
Guardian: Syndication fee £252
John Muir Conference: Speaker fee £1,000
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival: Speaker fee £1,420
Thonson Reuters: Zoological Society of London Book Prize £1,000

August 2014

Other income

Guardian: Syndication fee £90
BBC: Contributor fee £240

July 2014

Other income

Guardian: Fee £36

June 2014

Royalties

Grove Atlantic: Bring on the Apocalypse £2.69

May 2014

Royalties

Grove Atlantic: Bring on the Apocalypse £11.82
Macmillan: Nation Without a State £141.71
Doubleday Canada: HEAT £35.64

Other income
Zalozba Krtina (Slovenia): Advance £428.66
Guardian: Syndication fee £48
Guardian: Syndication fee £60

April 2014

Royalties
HarperCollins: Age of Consent £135.77

Other income
Lisbet Rausing: Support for Rewilding Assistant £12,000
BBC: Contributor fee £90

March 2014

Royalties
ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) £1,389.48

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £60
Guardian: Syndication fee £900
Guardian: Additional columns £7,780.62
Guardian: Syndication fee £60
Prime (Russia): Extract fee £231.23
Federation of Cumbrian Commoners: Lunch £8
Words by the Water Festival: Family accomodation and board Approx £400

February 2014

Royalties
PLR (Public Lending Rights) £75.21

Other income
Guardian: Syndication fee £60

January 2014

Royalties
Grove Atlantic: Bring on the Apocalypse £3.08

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £60
Guardian: Special report £1800
BBC: Contributor fee £38.40
Guardian: G2 article fee £193.76

December 2013

Royalties
Irish PLR (Public Lending Rights) £2.35

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £60
Intelligent Life: Article fee £399
The New Unique Broadcasting Company: Contributor fee £240
CIWEM (The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management): Speaker fee £1,200
BBC: Contributor fee £266.40

November 2013

Royalties
Grove Atlantic: Bring on the Apocalypse £5.81
Doubleday Canada: HEAT £28.16

October 2013

Royalties
HarperCollins: Age of Consent £19.54
Macmillan: Nation Without a State £144.06

September 2013

Other income
Edinburgh International Book Festival: Speaker fee £360
Guardian: Syndication fee £72

August 2013

Royalties
ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) £74.48
UIT Cambridge: No Man’s Land & Poisoned Arrows £15.38

Other income
Spectator: Article fee £300

July 2013

Other income
Penguin: Travel expenses £96.12
BBC: Travel expenses £38.40
Guardian: Syndication fee £48
Woodland Trust: Article fee £240
Penguin: Travel expenses £13.56

Gifts
Penguin: Sweatshirt value approx £20

TED Global: TED talk delegate pack value approx £50

June 2013

Royalties
Aeon Magazine: Extract from FERAL £1,260
Guardian: Syndication fee £270

Other income
Guardian: Books for research £14.39
Guardian: Books for research £9.88
BBC: Contributor fee £60
Corporate Knights Magazine: Article £721.05

May 2013

Royalties
Guardian: Syndication fee £180
Macmillan: Nation Without a State £126.74
Random House: HEAT £623.75
Penguin (Canada): Advance £2,247.99

Other income
Guardian: Books for research £37.13

April 2013

Royalties
HarperCollins: Age of Consent £130.45

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £60
BBC: Contributor fee £60

Gifts
English Heritage: Media Pass 2013/14 admits two adults with accompanied children

March 2013

Royalties
Guardian: Syndication fee £84
Guardian: Syndication fee £120
Guardian: Syndication fee £66
Guardian: Syndication fee £66

Other income
Guardian: Books for research£14.74

February 2013

Royalties
Penguin (Canada): Advance £2,251.55
PLR (Public Lending Rights) £128.21
ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) £792.26

Other income
Royal Opera House: Travel expenses £33.00

January 2013

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £90
Oslo University: Seminar fee £4,065.85
Guardian: Books for research £15.59
BBC: Travel expenses £25.20

December 2012

Royalties
Irish Public Lending Rights £3.80
Guardian: Syndication fee £66
Penguin (Canada): Advance £2,247.05

Other income
Penguin: Travel expenses £71.88
BBC: Contributor fee £84
Arne Naess Symposium: Speaker fees £3,971.87

November 2012

Royalties
Penguin: Advance on royalties £2,000
Macmillan: Nation Without a State £173.87

Books sent by publishers / authors
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients Fourth Estate
Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics Penguin Group

October 2012

Royalties
HarperCollins: Age of Consent £220.76

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £24
New Zealand Planning Institute: Videoconference Speaker Fee £1,000

Books sent by publishers / authors
Nature All Around Us: A Guide to Urban Ecology The University of Chicago Press
The Fair Tax: Supported by History, Agreed by Economists, Feared by the 1% Shepheard-Walwyn
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary Granta
America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – the Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else Zed Books
Financing the Global Sharing Economy Share The World’s Resources

September 2012

Royalties
Guardian: Syndication fee £48
Penguin: Advance on royalties £8,800

Other income
Guardian: Books for research £20.40

Books sent by publishers / authors
Global Corruption: Money, Power & Ethics in the Modern World I.B. Tauris
There is No Such Thing as a Free Press…and We Need One More Than Ever (review copy) Imprint Academic
The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? Allen Lane
The Nolympics: One man’s struggle against sporting hysteria Penguin Group

Gifts
CD, DVD, memory stick, bag & tea towel from the Mikron Theatre Company
2 fridge magnets from William Blunt & Sons

August 2012

Royalties
Guardian: Syndication fee £150
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS): Royalties £124.42
Guardian: Syndication fee £75

Other income
BBC: Contributor fee £60

Hospitality

While looking at a project it is running, I stayed for two nights in the home of a Forestry Commission official.

The Forestry Commission also paid for a pub lunch I ate, which, including the drink, cost approximately £10.

Books sent by publishers / authors
The City and Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live Cambridge University Press
Green-Wood Factory School
Climate Change and Social Ecology: A New Perspective on the Climate Challenge Routledge
Stalin’s Legacy: The Soviet War on Nature Birlinn
Making Thatcher’s Britain Cambridge University Press

Gifts
An apron from The Radical Tea Towel Company

July 2012

Other income
BBC Radio 2: Jeremy Vine Show contributor fee £60
BBC: contributor fee £50

Books sent by publishers / authors
Men of Property: The Very Wealthy in Britain Since the Industrial Revolution The Social Affairs Unit
Who Were the Rich? A Biographical Directory of British Wealth-Holders, Volume 1, 1809 – 1839 The Social Affairs Unit
The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq Oxford University Press
Greening the Media Oxford University Press
The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary (uncorrected proof) Granta
The Reality of Global Crises Dr Peter B Scott-Morgan (self published)
The Reality of our Global Future Dr Peter B Scott-Morgan (self published)
An Energetic Life Professor Peter R Odell (author)
The Return of the Jacobite John Miles (self published)

June 2012

Royalties
Guardian: syndication fee £78.00

Books sent by publishers / authors
Bee Journal Jonathan Cape
A Different World Ruth Jacobs (Author)
The Carbon Cycle: Crossing the Great Divide Two Ravens Press
The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future Orient BlackSwan
End Game Allan Hendry (Author)
Social Versus Corporate Welfare: Competing Needs and Interests within the Welfare State Palgrave Macmillan
Occupy World Street: A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform Green Books
The State of the Poles: Climate Lessons from the International Polar Year Unipub
2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years Chelsea Green

Gifts
Hay Festival: free tickets to events and meals, value approx £100
Hay Festival: 6 bottles of Freixenet, value approx £50

May 2012

Royalties
Macmillan: Captive State £20.79
Guardian: syndication fee £150.00
Guardian: syndication fee £30.00

Other income
Guardian: books for research £82.68

Books sent by publishers / authors
Visit Sunny Chernobyl: and Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places Random House Books
The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters Bantam Press
The Future of Helium as a Natural Resource Routledge
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot Hamish Hamilton
Empire Reviewed The Social Affairs Unit
I Love My World: The Playful, Hands-on, Nature Connection Guidebook Chris Holland (Author)

April 2012

Royalties
HarperCollins: Age of Consent £216.34

Books sent by publishers / authors
Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power Duke University Press
When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order Penguin Group
The Arab Spring: Rebellion, Revolution and a New World Order Guardian Books
Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide Permanent Publications
People and Permaculture: Caring & Designing for Ourselves, Each Other and the Planet Permanent Publications
The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse (Uncorrected proof) Corrino Press
Future Money: Breakdown or Breakthrough Green Books
Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the Twenty-First Century Oxford University Press
The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection Penguin Group
Education for the Inevitable: Schooling When the Oil Runs Out Michael Bassey (Author)
Living on Gold Time Vol 1: Growing Up Working Class Bob Wildman (Author)

March 2012

Royalties
Guardian: syndication fee £90

Other income
BBC Radio 4: Any Questions contributor fee £180
BBC Radio 2: Jeremy Vine Show contributor fee £60
BBC World Service: Newshour contributor fee £63.60

Books sent by publishers / authors
The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World Pluto Press
Get Real: How to Tell It Like It Is In a World of Illusions Fourth Estate
Oceans of Life: How Our Seas Are Changing (uncorrected proof) Allen Lane
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Shadow of a Secret Nuclear Facility Harvill Secker
From Here Lonely Coot
Every Nation For Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World Portfolio
Beyond Patriotism: From Truman to Obama Imprint Academic

February 2012

Royalties
Green Books: No Man’s Land & Poisoned Arrows £46.66
PLR (public Lending Rights) £168.61
ALCS (Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) £1,148.50

Other income
RTE (Radio Telefis Eireann): Contributor fee £40
ITV Tonight: Contributor fee £180
Spectator: Article £600
Intelligence Squared: Speaker fee £1,200

Books sent by publishers / authors
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Advanced Reading Copy x 2) Hamish Hamilton
Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks Duckworth
Defining Democracy: Voting Procedures in Decision-Making, Elections and Governance Springer
Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants Profile Books
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars (Duplicate) Columbia University Press

January 2012

Royalties
Guardian: Syndication fee £120.00
Grove Atlantic: Bring on the Apocalypse £19.10
Guardian: Syndication fee £48.00
Green Books: No Man’s Land & Poisoned Arrows £113.90

Other income
BBC: Contributor’s fee £139.80
No Pressure to be Festive: fee £30
The Fifth Column: article £180

Books sent by publishers / authors
Climate Wars: What People Will Be Killed For in the 21st Century (uncorrected proof) Polity Press
Open Dialogue Demos
Vida The Merlin Press
Thinking, Fast and Slow Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Bedside Guardian 2011 Guardian Books
My Son, My Son (uncorrected proof) Harvill Secker
Occupy World Street: A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform (uncorrected proof) Green Books

December 2011

Royalties
PLR (Public Lending Rights) £5.84

Other income
The Co-operative: membership dividend £2.54
BBC: contributor’s fee £72.00
Corporate Knights Magazine: debate article about irrational attacks on environmentalism £1,211.32

Books sent by publishers / authors
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (duplicate) Verso
Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet (duplicate) Atlantic Books
From Dictatorship to Democracy Serpent’s Tail (Profile Books)
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars Columbia University Press

November 2011

Royalties
Guardian: Syndication fee £60
Grove Atlantic: Bring on the Apocalypse £84.04
Random House: HEAT £103.39

Books sent by publishers / authors
The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality Clairview Books
Where Does Money Come From? A Guide to the UK Monetary and Banking System New Economics Foundation
Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science Princeton University Press
Amazon Sky Rainforest Rescue
The Impact of China on Global Commodity Prices: The Global Reshaping of the Resource Sector Routledge
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil Verso
Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet Atlantic Books
Nuclear Roulette: The Case Against a ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ The International Forum on Globalization

October 2011

Royalties
Guardian: Syndication fee £48
Macmillan: Captive State £196.30
Open University: Bring on the Apocalypse £108

Train ticket
Panorama £126

Books sent by publishers / authors
Tipping Point: The End of Oil (DVD) Clearwater
Wood: A History (Uncorrected Proof) Polity Press
1493: How Europe’s Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth Granta
Who Speaks for the Climate: Making Sense of Media Reporting on Climate Change Cambridge University Press
The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work Verso
Targeting Israeli Apartheid: A Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Handbook Corporate Watch

23rd-30th September 2011

Royalties
HarperCollins: Age of Consent £365.86

Books sent by publishers / authors
The World We Want to Live In: 14th Annual Forum 200 Conference (Conference report) Forum 2000 Foundation
Testing Times: The Effectiveness of Five International Biodiversity-related Conventions Wolf Legal Publishers
Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution New Internationalist Publications
The Great Disruption: How the Climate Crisis Will Transform the Global Economy Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Duels and Duets: Why Men and Women Talk So Differently Cambridge University Press
The Politics of Climate Change (second edition, uncorrected proof) Polity Press
Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science (uncorrected proof) Princeton University Press
23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Penguin Group
Energy, the Subtle Concept: The discovery of Feynman’s blocks from Leibniz to Einstein Oxford University Press
Barbarians of Oil: How the world’s oil addiction threatens global prosperity and four investments to protect your wealth John Wiley and Sons

Current investments, last updated 18th May 2014:

I have no shareholdings or investment in any company. My sole current asset is my house, which I bought for £278,000, and which I now rent out (with the exception of part of one of the downstairs rooms, which my assistant shares with the co-op, as an office). I live in someone else’s house, in which I have no equity.

I currently have £6,000 in savings.

I have been paying into a pension, which is currently due to provide around £5,000 a year.