Why the Tories are doing so well in the polls, pt 1: Phillip Blond

A Tweet from Phillip Blond:

Most UK reviews of Red Tory have been by 3rd rate minds making 5th rate points

Gosh. I wonder which reviews he means. Not the one I wrote for the Mail on Sunday a couple of weeks ago I’m sure. Tragically it’s not available online. So, because I value all the work young Phillip has done towards making the Conservative party so spectacularly electable again, I shall reprint it for his benefit here:

Red Tory – Phillip Blond (Faber – £12.99) No stars.

You know how it is, sometimes, when you come across a book so brilliantly written and closely argued that you find yourself underlining each shimmering apercu, and drawing enormous ticks in the margin? Well that’s the exact opposite of what I did with Phillip Blond’s ineffably dreadful Red Tory, one of the most feeble, wrong-headed, confused, and potentially very dangerous sociopolitical tracts it has ever been my agony to read.

Here is one example of the many, many sentences next to which I was violently impelled to scrawl a very rude word: “Given the emergence of such a new ethos, it might well be that at the limit, issues of fair pricing, proper remuneration for work and quality of workmanship could become issues for local rather than central jurisdiction.”

All right, so I’ve taken it out of context. But even in context, let me assure you, his point is every bit as stultifyingly dull and meaningless. What Blond is struggling to say here is much the same as he is struggling to say throughout the whole book: that the ideologies of both the right and the left have failed, and what we badly need is an alternative which avoids both the ruthlessness of the pure market economy and the fascistic bullying of the Nanny State.

No doubt Blond would have called this ingenious new socio-political template “The Third Way”. Unfortunately, that one was bagged by the previous intellectual snake-oil salesman to have helped bankrupt and destroy our country – Tony Blair’s eminence grise Anthony Giddens of the LSE – so instead, Blond has tried to fob us off with the idea that there could possibly be such a thing as Red Toryism.

Like Left Rightism, Blue Marxism, Black Whiteism, Extreme Centrism or any of the other crazee oxymorons Blond no doubt blue-skied in his bubble bath before settling on the silliest of the lot, Red Toryism is a brand that is arresting, exciting and different the first time you hear it, but which collapses under the weight of its own contradictions the second you start trying to define it.

In his heart, I suspect, Phillip Blond knows this. He thought up the groovy concept. It was enough to impress not just a publisher but even David Cameron, leading some gullible fool or other to provide funding for his think tank Res Publica. But then he found himself in the awkward position of having to explain what it at all meant in the course of a 300 page book. And unfortunately, his brain isn’t up to it. (Nor, for that matter, is his prose style, as witness clunkers like: “The spurious nature of this argument is not eliminated by its perpetual repetition.”)

Few would dispute Blond’s analysis of the way that behind the mask of “liberalism” New Labour’s creepy controlling Fabianism has stolen most of our civil liberties. What is utterly dishonest, though, is the way that for the sake of balance he tries to make out that conservatism is equally flawed because of the way it puts selfish individualism before the common good.

In order to do this he has to caricature it as “neo-liberalism”: “The neo-liberal model of the capitalist market is too open to the pursuit of bad practice – buy as cheaply as possible, sell as dearly as possible, produce goods with the least possible expense and labour and the shoddiest possible quality.” Only through a form of benign state invention (which he pretends is something else by calling it “localism”) can this danger supposedly be averted.

But you only have to look at how markets operate in the real world to see what nonsense this is. A café that sold the cheapest coffee at the highest price would soon go out of business. Sensible capitalists are always looking for ways of offering value-added beyond simple monetary considerations. In the case of that café, this might involve boasting about their Fair Trade and eco credentials, say; or offering its customers free magazines, or baby toys or lovely comfy chairs; or sponsoring local community projects. This was happening long before Phillip Blond came along to tell us it’s what we need imposed on us by the State of ever we are to heal our “Broken Society.”

Blond’s unappetising mix of waffle, bad prose, jumbled ideas, and illogicalities – all thrown together with the occasional bout of facts, figures and statistics, so we know he’s done his homework – would be quite harmless were it not for one major problem: David Cameron’s Conservatives have adopted this buffoon as their philosopher king. Blond’s economics are unaffordable; his logic is incomprehensible; his politics are suicidal. We should all be very afraid.

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Men Only | James Delingpole

April 22, 2010

I think it’s about time someone explained to women how to watch war films. They just don’t get them, in much the same way men don’t get handbags or expensive girl-shoes. They think it’s all boring and that the characters all look the same, so how can you care about them? They think there’s far too much shooting and killing and violence and horror and bang bang bang and it’s like watching paint dry. They’d rather let you watch on your own, if you don’t mind, while they go upstairs and read in the bath.

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Cameron’s Favourite Greenie Zac Goldsmith Is Toast

April 22, 2010

One of the many tragic side effects of Nick Clegg’s brief rise to prominence is the havoc it has wreaked on Zac Goldsmith’s election prospects. The beaming, handsome, tree hugging gazillionaire now stands about as much as chance of winning his campaign seat Richmond Park as a baby snaildarter under a Chinese hydro-electric project. My spies in the borough report that his Lib Dem attack dog rival Susan Kramer is making all the running: (Hat tip: Guy Walters)

Richmond Park (LibDem). We have received a Susan Kramer leaflet almost every day for the last three months. Canvassers every weekend. Clegg spent all of Saturday at Kingston Hospital. Not much sign of Zac Goldsmith.

Some people, I know, will feel very sad about this. My famously heterosexual chum Rod Liddle, for example, has been known to talk about the golden Zac in the kind of terms Oscar Wilde might have reserved for Bosie. But speaking as a natural conservative, I couldn’t be more thrilled because in truth a man like Zac Goldsmith should never have been allowed anywhere near the Tory candidates’ list.

It’s not Goldsmith’s vast inherited wealth or the questions over his tax status that bother me. I’m all for people being rich. What I can never forgive in a rich person, though, is when he conspires with the state to pull up the drawbridge so that other people can’t get rich too. This, I’m quite sure, has never been Goldsmith’s intention. But it is an inevitable by-product of his green philosophy – which is essentially a form of Marxism in environmentalism’s garb.

Sure he talks a good game about microgeneration, feed-in-tariffs and Green jobs:

This transition is already happening. In the US, President Obama has promised to spend $150 billion over 10 years on green investment, creating 5m “green collar” jobs. South Korea, Japan and Spain are making similar moves, and in the private sector blue-chip companies have accepted that disregarding the environment is increasingly a financial risk. It’s not just about preparing for the worst, or doing “the right thing”. The transition itself will open windows of unprecedented opportunity. Who can doubt that, in the years to come, clean technology success stories will dominate The Sunday Times Rich list?

In most sectors, we can already see the alternatives, and they work: microgeneration of energy in Germany; combined heat and power plants in Copenhagen; zero-waste policies in Japan and New Zealand; regeneration of fish stocks in Central America; our own Eurostar. In the future, we will see “smart meters” that save money by letting customers know when electricity is cheaper in the day. These meters will be part of a “smart grid” to intelligently co-ordinate how we use new renewable power sources, to regulate supply and demand, and to help reduce greenhouse emissions. If we took the best of today in every sector and made it the norm tomorrow, we’d be halfway or further to our goal.

All of which sounds great till you look into it and find that for every Green job created by government intervention another 2.2 are lost in the real economy; that solar power has been a complete disaster for Germany; that the smart grid is never going to work.

It’s here, though that he gives the game away:

More than that, the government’s purely carbon-related approach does little to address our rapid shift from an era of abundance towards one of scarcity — a situation caused by a combination of huge population growth, insatiable human appetite for consumption, and an ever-shrinking resource base. Rational people know that, without a big shift, we are going to hit a wall. Yet that terrifying truth has almost no bearing on actual policy decisions. Why?

This – though politely phrased, sweetly expressed – is the philosophy of green Marxists everywhere. We must reduce consumption! Our resources are finite! Peak oil! The limits of growth! Government must act to create a new economic paradigm!

There will always be room in the Conservative movement for conservationists. As natural countrymen, sportsmen, animal lovers we’ve always been good at conserving our landscape, nurturing our environment. What we could do without is well-meaning rich kids plotting to wipe out the economy because of a problem that only exists in their pretty, spoilt, guilt-tripping heads. Their place is with the other unelectables: in the Green Party.

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9 Responses to “Cameron’s favourite greenie Zac Goldsmith is toast”

  1. Tom Forrester-Paton says:April 22, 2010 at 1:06 pmJames – sorry if this is a bit OT but wondered if you had seen this – http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/04/22/26627.htmFinally, a warmist scientist is suing a sceptic for defaming him, and finally, unless they settle out of court, we may see AGW science aired in the forensic environment it has so long shunned.I hope Corcoran’s ducks are all in a row…
  2. Josh says:April 23, 2010 at 10:59 amDef on topic this timeThe first cartoon on this page…just for you ;-)http://www.cartoonsbyjosh.comAnd yes, Zac, the man up against Susan Kramer in our constituency, is unlikely to make it now.
  3. lester says:April 24, 2010 at 12:07 amRe: TOMIn regards to this lawsuit-the scientist in question actually lives in my area and he is
    an alarmist of the highest order. He has simply filed a suit for slander looking for,in my opinion , a fast buck from the national post.The article in question he is suing over, including by the way he says he is also suing to posters ,looks so contrived espicailly the posters replies . Google him find the article in the National post dated in Jan/2010. He is a petty climate scientist of the worse order .This is nothing more than a publicity stunt from a small man trying to gain recognition feeling frustrated over the ever growing awareness that AGW,MMGW or whatever else they wish to call this fantasy is nothing more than a frenzied religion pushed by the dogma of the enviromental movement .It has nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with cap and trade and carbon credits.
    in my opinion as this fruitloop threatens to even sue posters.
  4. Eric Smith says:April 25, 2010 at 11:33 pmI don’t think there are many green Marxists, there are certainly lots of ecofascists and eco nazis. Like Zac, nephew of his hero, Edward Goldsmith that even Monbiot called a nazi.Black Shirts in Green Trousers
    By George Monbiot,The previous editorial team split with its founder Teddy Goldsmith after he addressed a meeting of the hard right Groupement de Recherche et d’Etudes pour la Civilisation Europeene. Goldsmith, whose politics are a curious mixture of radical and reactionary, has advocated the enforced separation of Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda and Protestants and Catholics in Ulster, on the grounds that they constitute “distinct ethnic groups” and are thus culturally incapable of co-habitation.http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2002/04/30/black-shirts-in-green-trousersJonathan Freedland used very similar colour coded imagery to describe Zac, describing him as

    “a Green & Blacks organic chocolate bar in human form ”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/09/smoothies-party-rich-tories-brand?showallcomments=true#end-of-comments

    Edward Goldsmith was editor of the Ecologist and published Lovelock’s ecofascit Gaia material.

    Zac’s father, the infamous Jimmy Goldsmith was accused of plotting to overthrow the Wilson government wit his eco nazi friend John Aspinall.

    According to former MI5 officer Peter Wright, a group of his colleagues, including Margaret Thatcher’s mentor Airey Neave, began discussing a political coup. According to Wright, they believed that the Labour government had been infiltrated by the KGB and should be overthrown. He also claimed they were backed by a right-wing financier. Goldsmith always denied he put the money behind the group or discussed MI5 matters with former intelligence officers.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/jan/09/politics.past

    John Aspinall

    Some of us are now drawn to believe that a demo-catastrophe will be an eco-bonanza. In other words, a population readjustment on a planetary scale from 4000 million to something in the nature of 200 million would be the only possible solution for the survival of our species.and of the eco-system or systems that nurtured us.

    http://tinyurl.com/ydgb2ed

    More ecofascist links here

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sealed/gw/greennazis.htm

    History of carbon trading and big money support for global warming

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sealed/gw/business.htm

    Great blog, by the way. Unfair of you to use humour against little George Monbiot. He has no defence.

  5. Pete Hayes says:April 28, 2010 at 6:58 am“What we could do without is well-meaning rich kids plotting to wipe out the economy because of a problem that only exists in their pretty, spoilt, guilt-tripping heads.”Ah James! Thats what taking LSD in the 60’s and 70’s did for lots of people. Then the realism set in!I have read your articles for some time now and the one thing sceptics (I so love being called that!) have in common is that we all know climate changes and never deny it! Initially I just thought it was bad science but quickly came to realise it was all about money. Not to long ago someone told me to take a chill pill on a Telegraph comment over the fact that I mentioned the financial side of “Climategate”. I wonder what the person who had a pop at me thinks now.Someone, a few months back made a comment on WUWT, along the lines of, “Climategate, the gift that keeps on giving”. How true! Now Australia bums out Rudds version of Cap and Trade for at least 2 years (like he will be around then!). Its hard not to walk around without a smile on ones face!
  6. Manuel says:April 29, 2010 at 2:02 pmMr Goldsmith has achieved the impossible by making me consider voting Lib Dem, a party I loathe more than Hugo Chavez and George Galloway combined. I think if I could punch anyone in the world in the face, Dame Jenny Tonge (the former incumbent) would need to be getting her mouthguard fitted.He’s a nice chap, but Kramer is a feisty one, she claims no expenses, and she’s attended every Kingston public meeting I’ve been to. Not a bad MP at all.The only thing that’s making me pause now is that if I vote for her it will be considered, by media types who assume I give a stuff about the TV debates, as a vote for Clegg.
  7. Don Stuart says:April 29, 2010 at 3:44 pmManuel, don’t do it – you would hate yourself knowing you had helped Clegg on his way (not suggesting a vote for or against Goldsmith incidentally). Why not abstain.Agree 100% with regard to Tonge – a classic leftist, Israel hating, multi-culti bitch in my opinion, who represents all that is wrong with Lib-Dems. Though to be fair even they are ambivalent in having her within their ranks.
  8. Manuel says:April 30, 2010 at 8:36 amYou’re right, Don.Maybe I’ll vote for Zac after all. Needs must when the devil vomits in your kettle, as Blackadder put it. I can’t see he has much of a hope though, especially with this transparently fictitious “Save Our Hospital!” twaddle that someone’s cooked up.I once wrote such an angry letter to Tonge about her suicide-bombing sympathies that I suspect I may be on some kind of nut-job watch list. Ah well.
  9. Jade Preston says:June 26, 2010 at 10:53 amMy team is out. So much for Cameroon this year. That was a quick exit. I really expected that they had a solid opportunity to do well in this years world cup. Maybe next time. Maybe its time to jump on the Argentina bandwagon. Looks like Demichelis has already scored. Go Argentina. To make me feel better from that devistating loss by Cameroon, I have been listening to some funny jokes.. Here is a good one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3j7uSbccSc
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Most gay men have realised that the Oppressed Victimhood party is totally over | James Delingpole

April 22, 2010

Some of my best friends are gay — but now I can go one better than that: one of them is HIV positive. ‘But that’s brilliant news!’ I told my friend when he spilled the beans the other day. ‘Now I can go round claiming victim cred by association. And if anyone makes an AIDS joke I can be, like, seriously offended and put on a solemn voice and say: “Actually, you know, if you had an HIV positive friend like I do…”.’ My friend agreed that being HIV positive was a very handy thing to be, in this respect. But on further consideration, we decided it would have carried more victim cred weight in the days before anti-retroviral drugs when a) it was a death sentence; and b) being gay won you many more oppressed-minority brownie points.

Personally I blame Ken Livingstone.

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Scouting keeps us in touch with a bygone age | James Delingpole

April 21, 2010

James Delingpole says that the movement’s newfound popularity has nothing to do with zorbing.

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Since January last year the Scouts have welcomed 16,500 new recruits Photo: PA
My brother is leader of a Scout troop – and I’ll hear none of your puerile jokes. We should none of us feel anything but gratitude and admiration for the magnificent, selfless work he and the 60,000 or so adult volunteers around Britain do to make the Scout Association one of the few success stories in our wheezing, overweight, broken nation.

The figures speak for themselves. This week, the Scout Association of Britain has announced its biggest surge in membership – a 3.5 per cent year-on-year rise – in four decades. Since January last year it has welcomed 16,500 new recruits, taking membership to nearly 500,000. Not bad for a youth organisation which still upholds such near-forgotten values as duty, selflessness, discipline and loyalty to the monarch; and which still demands of the iPod generation that they should regularly do weird, wholly unfamiliar things like wear uniforms, go on long walks, survive without TV and use knives without actually trying to kill someone.

So just why is Scouting so popular? If you believe Wayne Bulpitt, the Scout Association’s UK chief commissioner, it’s mainly down to all the wacky, amazing adventure sports Scouts can do these days. There are badges for parascending, zorbing (rolling down a hill inside a plastic orb), abseiling, snowboarding and even dragon-boat racing. Says Bulpitt: “We’ve changed Scouting to ensure that what we offer is fun and full of adventure for young people and lots of teenagers have realised that Scouting is awesome.”

Perhaps so. I think we can all agree if that the Scout Association didn’t offer a badge for dragon-boat skills, the waiting list to join would be a fraction of its current 33,500. Nevertheless, Bulpitt is surely missing a couple of key points.

The first is that fully one fifth of those recruits have been filched from what might otherwise have been the membership of the poor old Girl Guides’ Association. Since the Scouts was opened to both sexes 20 years ago, its ranks have been swollen by 104,000 girls.

Sure, it no longer offers brimmer hats and cleft sticks (if you want those you have to join the hardcore breakaway unit, the BP Scouts) but its admission ceremony still requires you, on your honour, to do your best, to do your duty to God (or “my God” – the substitute phrase used by non-Christians) and to the Queen, and to keep the Scout law. You also have to stand on parade, salute the flag and do as you’re told – and if you don’t, you’re out.

Parents respond to this. They like the fact that the Scouts is one of the few places left where their kids are going to get proper discipline. They’re also less likely to take Scout leaders for granted than they do, say, their kids’ teachers, because they know they’re volunteers who could resign and disband the local pack at the drop of a hat if they didn’t get proper support.

Kids, meanwhile, warm to the structure, traditions, hierarchy, rigour and adventurousness which have all but vanished from school curricula in these days of Elf N Safety, “child-centred” learning, and “all shall have prizes” anti-elitism. The Scouts – for all its adoption of trendy modern adventure activities – remains at heart the same paramilitary outfit it was when Baden-Powell established it as a training ground for future rulers of the Empire. The Scouts is the organisation PC forgot: and that’s why we all so love it.

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Why the Precautionary Principle always works

My big idea

Has anyone else noticed that since the eruption of the Ejyerkslllbjorkscreeylllkkrctarslyllgrgleglugglug volcano not a single plane over Europe has crashed, been involved in a terrorist incident or caused any of passengers on board an aircraft any discomfort whatsoever?

I feel a Big Idea coming on. It’s a Big Idea right up there with David Cameron’s new Big Idea to corral all Britain’s old people into repainting youth centres, clearing up needles on drug estates, setting up new Green Job enterprises, and so forth.

I suggest we ground all passenger aircraft forever. On the Precautionary Principle.

Yes, I suppose there are bound to be one or two objections, as there always are when the Precautionary Principle is applied by sensible, not-at-all-foaming-gibbering-or-in-any-way-barking government science advisors like Sir David King, Lord Stern and Sir Liam Donaldson. Most of these grumbles, I expect, will come from exactly the kind of selfish people George Monbiot was talking about in a short film he made on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show the other day.

They don’t like to be told that they can’t fly to Thailand for their holidays. So because they don’t like the results people decide that the science must be wrong.

Yeah. Take that, Lifestyle-Enjoyers! That put you in your cosy, selfish, creature-comfort-enjoying place, didn’t it?

Anyway, I was talking about the precautionary principle and why it works. Below, I offer you the ultimate proof. (Tinfoil hat tip: Philip Foster)

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The man in this picture is a former alien abductee. But it’s not going to happen again – at least it hasn’t so far, he reports – because he is now wearing a thought screen helmet, just like the one you too can create in your own home by following the simple instructions at Stop Abductions. Here is what he has to say:

“Since trying Michael Menkin’s Helmet, I have not been bothered by alien mind control. Now my thoughts are my own. I have achieved meaningful work and am contributing to society.

My life is better than ever before. Thank you Michael for the work you are doing to save all humanity.”

Now think of that thought screen helmet in terms of other fields where the precautionary principle might apply:

Keeping planes grounded to make sure none of them crash ever again.

Spending millions of pounds the NHS hasn’t got on Swine Flu vaccine, just in case.

Slaughtering millions of healthy farm animals rather than inoculate them against foot and mouth.

Spending $45 trillion in case the lies made up in Michael Mann’s and Phil Jones’s fantasy laboratories turn out to be true.

Do you see now, why the precautionary principle makes sense? When we apply it regularly all we have to lose is our money, our freedom and our sanity.

Oh, and if anyone feels like making me one of those thought screen helmets and send it to me, I promise to photograph myself wearing it, so you can see how very seriously I take this thing. As you should too.

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Get your trolls off my lawn, Monbiot | James Delingpole

April 19, 2010

You may have noticed the strong stench of troll lurking below this blog of late. (Hat tip Barry Woods)

And here’s the reason:

Sceptic alerts
Are you fed up with sceptics and pseudo-scientists dominating blogs and news articles with their denialist propaganda? Well, fight back! We are trying to create an online army of online volunteers to try and tip the balance back in the favour of scientific fact, not scientific fiction.

To sign up, enter your e-mail address in the box below:

You will receive one e-mail alert per day containing links to various climate change news articles. We need you to politely explain in the comments section why global warming is actually happening and why it’s not a big conspiracy. You can contribute to as little or as many articles as you like, just dive in.

It comes from an organisation called the Campaign Against Climate Change. Its honorary president is George Monbiot; its vice-presidents are three politicians – self-hating public school socialist Michael Meacher; Norman Baker (who he?); overpromoted Green MEP Caroline Lucas; and its advisers include the usual crazed rag-bag of yoghurt weaving, Atomkraft-Nein-Danke loons.

Apparently the reason we sceptics and evil deniers are doing so well at the moment is because of all the massive funding we receive from Big Oil.

It has recently been revealed that Koch Industries, a little-known, privately owned US oil company, paid nearly US$50 million to climate denial groups and individuals between 1997 and 2008. In a similar period Exxon Mobil paid out around $17 to $23 million. Closer to home, it has been suggested that Shell’s funding of an exhibition at the Science Museum may be linked to the museum stepping back from its earlier strong stance on climate change.

Also, we’re psychologically damaged and love making stuff up:

Those who actively promote climate scepticism are well networked, and have been termed ‘deniers’ rather than sceptics because many show scant regard for the facts, while seizing avidly on any error in the work of climate scientists.

Luckily, the Warmists have thought up a brilliant counter to our wicked plan to fill the world with lies and carbon emissions. They’re going to, get this, lurk at the bottom of our blogs and make snarky remarks and post links to RealClimate proving that we’re completely wrong. Hurrah! Thus, through the mighty power of the blogosphere will the world be saved.

Oh, and guess who the Warmist trolls (UK branch, anyway) think the most evil denier of all is?

Modesty forbids me from naming him. But here’s a clue from the home of impotent, sphincter-bursting libtard rage that is Left Foot Forward, in yet another piece on how to deal with Climate Sceptics:

For now, though, let me close with a challenge for progressive readers: one of the study’s more obvious conclusions was how effective climate sceptics are at commenting on forums, posting stock arguments, and linking back to sceptic sites. This is unsurprising for anyone who has ever trawled through comments left behind after any climate change article. By the time you read this, there will doubtless be sceptical comments posted beneath this blog, too.

So here’s what I’d like you to do:

• Read the comments, and if you notice any that cast doubt on the validity of climate science, post a response, be polite and use facts;

• You might like to make use of the handy checklist of arguments to counter deniers over at Skeptical Science;

• Link to some of the dirt dug up on sceptics’ funding by SourceWatch; or

• Refer to the discussions at RealClimate and Climate Safety.

Oh, and remember to check out James Delingpole’s column at the Telegraph. If any of it makes you angry, you might like to let him know. Did I say be polite? Scratch that.

Pip! Pip! Off now to eat some foie gras stuffed with truffles – courtesy of Big Koch – while I dream up a few more climate lies.

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7 thoughts on “Get your trolls off my lawn, Monbiot”

  1. John of Kent says:19th April 2010 at 10:36 amWho would that be then?? It wasn’t me honest! ;-(
  2. Gus Walters says:19th April 2010 at 10:44 am”company, paid nearly US$50 million to climate denial groups and individuals between 1997 and 2008. In a similar period Exxon Mobil paid out around $17 to $23 million.”
    How sad it is that not even a single coin has made it’s way to this denier. I feel slighted.
    Monbiot, who you are is discoverable. But what you are is unexplainable. James, you should be proud that you are an itch he cannot scratch.
  3. Sean says:19th April 2010 at 3:38 pmJamey boy, could you pass on my details to Exxon and ask them to make the check out to cash. 10 grand should cover it. As soon as it clears I will slag off those wanker warmers with wry wit and razor sharp sarcasm guaranteed to piss them off no end. I’ll deny anything for money even claiming that Pamela Anderson’s boobs are real and those that say they’re not are being paid by Esso.

    A good suggestion for the warmers would be to stop exhaling, as suggested by Al Gore in his Zero emissions statement. It would also solve the population problem these same people are so concerned about and get rid of quite a few of those anoraks that call themselves Greenies.

  4. Simon D says:19th April 2010 at 8:28 pmJames, you’re frequently incorrectly defining troll as someone who disagrees with you or points out your mistakes. It more accurately describes someone who posts inflammatory comments to get a rise out of others. You could well be described as a professional troll.

    While I’m here… Could you let me know why, in your previous post about Germans turning against climate change, you quoted the results from a poll question of dubious value while ignoring a question in the same poll that contradicted your argument? Did you not read the article your entire post was based on or did you deliberate mislead your readers?

  5. James W says:21st April 2010 at 5:27 am‘Climate Change’ is just another ‘issue’, ‘ruse’, ‘project’ call it what you will designed to help spread the ‘progressive’ thinking of the left into mainstream conscious and to provide ‘progressives’ with jobs.

    Think……..

    > Professional politicians (Westminster, Brussels, Strasbourg, New York)

    > Amateur politicians (quangocrats, councillors, activists, etc.)

    > Journalists

    > Academics including medicine

    > Health & Safety knobjockeys

    > BBC

    > ‘Big Charity’

    Now think…………..WTF do they produce? Answer? Judgemental left wing guff, rules, regulations and other ways to stop people getting on with their lives in peace, quiet and without being told what not to do and how to do it.

    Unfortunately, we had better get used to it – the left has changed its tactics, and dispensed with the immediacy of ‘shock and squawk’, they are now looking at imposing wishy washy state control and universal taxation by stealth.

    The global financial crisis was their 911………perfect opportunity to accuse anyone generating wealth of greed and anti-social selfishness, whilst beatifying any left wing idea as quite simply ‘the right thing to do’.

    They have claimed a monopoly on virtue – and decried the right as evil.

    Help. I despair.

  6. Russell Cavanagh says:22nd April 2010 at 8:12 amHave you read about the effort to get US media to agree on and dominate climate change talking points? See http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/538378.php
  7. Nial says:29th November 2010 at 12:56 pm“Read the comments, and if you notice any that cast doubt on the validity of climate science, post a response, be polite and use facts”

    Ho ho ho, “and use facts”.

    They won’t be arguing very long.

    Nial.

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Official: Icelandic volcano with unpronounceable name was caused by Man Made Global Warming – James Delingpole

April 18, 2010

You were getting worried weren’t you? 100,000 British tourists unable to get home from their Easter hols in the Med – possibly stuck there for as long as 10 days. The longest no-fly-zone over British skies since the days of Alcock and Brown. A terrifying plume of volcanic dust which swats aeroplanes from the sky like some cashmere-sweater-owner having a go at clothes moths. But still no sign of anyone prepared to tell us what we were all yearning to hear: that it’s all the fault of yummy mummies in their 4 x 4s, chavs taking too many cheap holiday flights, and evil, AGW-denying journalists encouraging people to boost their carbon emissions by writing hideous lies on their vile Telegraph blogs. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)

Luckily, Scientific American – via Reuters – has finally managed to unearth one:

OSLO (Reuters) – A thaw of Iceland’s ice caps in coming decades caused by climate change may trigger more volcanic eruptions by removing a vast weight and freeing magma from deep below ground, scientists said on Friday.

Er well, sort of. In the next paragraph they’re forced to concede that the eruption below the Eyjafjallajokull glacier had nothing to do with global warming.

They said there was no sign that the current eruption from below the Eyjafjallajokull glacier that has paralysed flights over northern Europe was linked to global warming. The glacier is too small and light to affect local geology.

But they’re not about to let a good story go that easily:

Our work suggests that eventually there will be either somewhat larger eruptions or more frequent eruptions in Iceland in coming decades,” said Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a vulcanologist at the University of Iceland.

“Global warming melts ice and this can influence magmatic systems,” he told Reuters. The end of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago coincided with a surge in volcanic activity in Iceland, apparently because huge ice caps thinned and the land rose.

Phew. So AGW was sort of involved. Tangentially. This means that the report is able to deliver a nice little homily at the end about the seriousness of Climate Change – and its causes. Just in case any of us had forgotten.

He said that melting ice seemed the main way in which climate change, blamed mainly on use of fossil fuels, could have knock-on effects on geology. The U.N. climate panel says that global warming will cause more floods, droughts and rising seas.

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‘Climategate scientists should be immediately beatified in preparation for full sainthood by 2011′ says latest official enquiry | James Delingpole

April 15th, 2010

Go on then. Have a guess what the latest official Climategate enquiry – headed by the rigorous, utterly unbiased, totally impartial, and fanatically unpartisan Lord Oxburgh – has decided.

Yes, that’s right. They’re all totally innocent!

“We found a small group of dedicated if slightly disorganised researchers who were ill-prepared for being the focus of public attention,” concludes the report, confirming what many of us have long suspected: if only Professor St Phil Jones had had proper media training in how to lie properly, lose data, and delete emails after FOI requests without being caught, none of this unspeakableness would have happened.

5 Responses to “‘Climategate scientists should be immediately beatified in preparation for full sainthood by 2011′ says latest official enquiry”

  1. Owen Kirton says:April 15, 2010 at 2:12 pmDoesn’t this bloke Roxburgh own his own wind turbine factory?
  2. Owen Kirton says:April 15, 2010 at 2:13 pmcorrection..Lord Oxburgh.
  3. Mark says:April 16, 2010 at 2:42 pmThey’re all totally innocent but now the response :
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/169578/College-gives-files-of-climate-change-sceptics-to-police
  4. Pete H says:April 17, 2010 at 4:30 amIts was a hell of a cliffhanger James! Coming after Pen Mann’s “get out of jail free card” and the Parliamentary “what decline” whitewash!Its truly a “Travesty”!
  5. Carl C says:April 20, 2010 at 5:12 pmJames, did you even read any of the emails? Or where you happy being spoonfed a few out of context words here and there by FOX news? Still, I guess scientist bashing makes more interesting headlines than presenting science in full context.

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My excitement over the Conservatives’ manifesto… | James Delingpole

April 14, 2010

… is no doubt as great as yours. I can imagine that few of you will be able to sleep a wink tonight as you excitedly contemplate Dave Cameron’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and his promise that Britain will NEVER enter the euro.

Here are a few more proposals in a similar vein from the 28,000 word manifesto which really caught my eye and made me want to send out excitable Louise-Bagshawe-type Tweets enthusing about the bright new future Britain will soon be enjoying TOGETHER.

1. White cliffs of Dover guaranteed never to be painted black (not even tasteful Farrow & Ball Clunch or Dimity, whatever the demands from Brussels) under a Conservative administration.

2. Carbon dioxide to be abolished altogether by 2130.

3. Illegal immigrants to be given an extremely stern talking to and repatriated under a tough new “21 strikes and you’re out” rule.

4. 50p upper band tax rate to be reduced to 49.5p no later than the beginning of the Tories’ third term in office.

5. A new NHS holiday day to be introduced into calendar for nationwide celebrations of the NHS.

6. Bankers to be put in stocks once a month and pelted by attractive young black women who have never before voted Conservative but who recognise that this is a necessary corrective if Broken Britain is to be healed.

7. Britain’s £200-billion-plus structural deficit to be eradicated by 2014 using green technologies as yet undeveloped but when they appear they’re going to make us a fortune, just you see.

8. Morecambe and Wise to be regenerated using DNA extracted from their bones and given a new show to be broadcast every weekend so that the entire nation will be united in mirth just like in the good old days.

9. All children between 4 and 17 encouraged to join Young Alinsky Pioneer (TM) units where they will participate every weekend in synchronised swimming, marching, flag waving and singing songs in celebration of the Dear Leader.

10. VAT to be permanently abolished on hessian shopping bags which say: “MY BIG ECO BAG” (or similar) on the side.

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