climate change

Seeing is believing

The view from No10, a spin doctor speaks

Does TV ever lie?Does TV ever lie?

Some years ago David Cameron worked for Carlton TV as Director of Corporate Affairs. Perhaps it was here he honed his skills as a spin doctor. For, make no mistake, our PM is a master of the art. Thanks to the efforts of Paul Homewood who sent a Freedom of Information request to Downing Street we learn a great deal. Homewood runs a blog called - NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT , and had noted that during PMQs David Cameron stated:

I agree with you that we are seeing more abnormal weather events. Colleagues across the House can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is.

Homewood asked - Please advise:

1) What evidence the PM has that "abnormal events are increasing"
2) What evidence he has that the recent bad weather is in any way "abnormal"

A reply from Nicholas Howard of the Cabinet Office stated -

The Act provides access to recorded information. In this case the quote you have provided makes it clear this is a visual observation - “we are seeing”.

Indeed we are Mr Howard! Our suspicions are being confirmed and your boss will be looking for another job soon!

2014, a new year but old propoganda

Will this year mark a watershed in tolerance for old myths?

Do you want ice with that? Do you want ice with that?
So after years of singing the praises of the EU, traditionally seen as the cure of all evils, the Labour party finally gets the message. While in the interests of honest reporting the Guardian puts these pearls of wisdom on the front page! Mind you, I suppose we should have seen it coming. When in between 'saving' the world banking system and selling off the UK gold reserves for a low price Gordon Brown came out with the helpful remark, 'British jobs for British workers'. And it has been downhill ever since. The very idea that there might be votes in this for the Labour party is hypocrisy of the worst sort. We may only assume that Labour took their cue from David Cameron who has yet again shown poor leadership on the same subject.

What is interesting is that many of the comments in the Guardian from readers make it plain that they are not keen on the latest influx of migrants from Romania and Bulgaria. Quite how far this goes remains to be seen but it's not very PC is it? It looks like an increasing number of people have lost their fear and reverence of the EU and having seen the light are now ready to criticise it.

The sun, a new dawn?

Experts, wrong again!

Ricket free childrenRicket free children
Older people can remember when the sun and its antics were considered perfectly normal, if it shone this was good. Some took their shirts off, while others dozed. Then the 'experts', and there's never a shortage of those, decreed it was dangerous. So began the era of anti-sun speak; sun hats became not just fashionable but essential for the growing congregation of sun hating zealots. As with many an organisation the indoctrination of children was deemed essential, think Hitler Youth movement. So children had what looked like white paint rubbed over them when on holiday. Far from being the sort deviant fetishistic behaviour that would get your name put on a giant database it was those adults who did not indulge in this practice who faced being dubbed weird. These were the people who had dangerous habits, they were 'deniers', they failed to admit the sun was going to kill us all.

However, it now seems this is the dawn of a new age.

Science versus hysteria, again

David and Goliath swap places

Waving not drowning? Waving not drowning?
Due to the wintry weather a lot of people are unable to go to work. Understandably this is the main focus for many if they are self employed, a plumber has told me that last year's winter had him rushed off his feet but this winter it's different, trade is slow. Trade at High street shops is well down too. The financial crisis in the EU is still rumbling on, no closer to a solution. The price, the true cost, of sorting it out lies beyond the reach of the EU elite, the high-and-mighty, but their vanity knows no bounds. This is funny, the euro, a one currency for all policy was based on hope, not reality, the high-and-mighty did not see that? But then the high-and-mighty failed to spot the WikiLeaks saga coming, which continues along its way. Who in their right mind would have thought that either of these dreams, a currency union built on hope and keeping all that 'data' secret was sensible. But then as time rolls on we all, struggling to go to work or not, can see that government tends to get it wrong.

So why is this? Well government likes, on the one hand, to tell us that the public values strong government; do they really? And what is strong government, does this strength extend to clearing roads and putting down salt for example?

Barbarism in the UK

cheap and sad

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Christopher Booker sums up the global warming scandal:

Since 1988, when the greatest scare the world has seen got under way, hundreds of billions of pounds have been poured into academic research projects designed not to test the CO2 warming thesis but to take it as a given fact, and to use computer models to make its impacts seem as scary as possible. The new global "carbon trading" market, already worth $126 billion a year, could soon be worth trillions. Governments, including our own, are calling for hundreds of billions more to be chucked into absurd "carbon-saving" energy schemes, with the cost to be met by all of us in soaring taxes and energy bills.

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