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Leaning on North

It looks as though Pachauri may be getting nasty over North and Booker's revelations of his conflicting interests in the Telegraph. There is a very mysterious posting up at his blog now.

Spread the word.


North in the comments to his posting gives some clues to the contents of the lawyer's letter he has received:

An entertaining, four-page missive. The last paragraph reads: "Please do not mistake our client's resolve to take whatever action is necessary to protect their reputations. If we do not hear from you in the timeframe indicated, proceedings will be issued."

Ho hum! The letter is barking mad but it still needs hours of constructing a careful response, the net effect of which will be the same as two Anglo Saxon words.


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"Ho hum! The letter is barking mad but it still needs hours of constructing a careful response, the net effect of which will be the same as two Anglo Saxon words".

It sounds like he's minded to refer them to the response in Arkell versus Pressdram.

Dec 31, 2009 at 8:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterDabble

Arkell vs Pressdram time?

Dec 31, 2009 at 8:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterAngry Exile

Damn. Beaten to the punch.

Dec 31, 2009 at 8:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterAngry Exile

Is "off" an Anglo Saxon word?

Dec 31, 2009 at 8:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterTonyN

It was perhaps naive - to be charitable - of the IPCC to allow itself to be fronted by somebody whose vested interests were so tied up in the theory they were promoting; and who is already causing the loss of 1700 jobs in Redcar. I predict further attrition as the anthropogenic climate change consensus continues to come to pieces.

Dec 31, 2009 at 8:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrugal Dougal

I hear that Corus is asking for taxpayer help to keep Redcar open.

'Is "off" an Anglo Saxon word?'

Coincidentally the word preceding off is not Anglo-Saxon but Dutch.

Dec 31, 2009 at 9:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterWansbeck

Lets hope this goes the distance. A court hearing could backfire wonderfully (especially if Carter-Ruck are involved) and I imagine that the Telegraph would be suitably affronted to support their contributors.

Dec 31, 2009 at 9:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

The first word is Anglo, the second Saxon. Hence the great traditional Irish injunction to Englishmen bearing edged weapons: "Anglo-Saxon back where you came from!"

For a more reliable discussion of the etymology concerned go to

Dec 31, 2009 at 9:48 PM | Unregistered Commenterliamascorcaigh

The interesting scenario is McDonalds and Libel. What's he going to do if they stick 2 fingers up. See you in court. It will be interesting if he's on the stand, under oath.


Dec 31, 2009 at 10:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterNick

Perhaps a bit of Spanish would be useful -- two words as well: "¡Tu madre!"

Dec 31, 2009 at 11:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

Quite shameful. What is happening about the CRU and Mann's "independent" investigations?

Methinks they will be something like this:

Jan 1, 2010 at 12:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterRichard

For some reason, Dick Cheney comes to mind.

Jan 1, 2010 at 12:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterR Dunn

Do you really think being under oath means anything to an oaf?

Jan 1, 2010 at 1:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterAn Elegant Chaos

I presume that the legal department of The Telegraph has checked the articles of North and Booker before it has been made public, so normally I don´t see too much problems here. All they did was revealing Pachauri´s jobs and connections.

Jan 1, 2010 at 2:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterHoi Polloi

Yer Grace. No New Year thread, so let me say it here: you've done yeoman's work. Keep it up. Happy New Year.

Jan 1, 2010 at 7:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobert E. Phelan

I say go for it Rajee baby!
It surely is a mark of this pompous, once lowly engineer, that in his now 'God Like' state he thinks that he can stop others thinking, that is the whole problem of the UN and the IPCC, that it stopped thinking and began to believe its own PR on the BS AGW hypothesis and when the cash started rolling in after Kyoto there was no turning back.
Rajee baby is coining it and he doesn't want the money tree cut down, SO LET IT RIP, because he will be stuffed and the consequence of all this will be to further accelerate the demise of the UN's IPCC AGW gentlemens club.
Bring it on!
Can Pachauri be that gormless? - Power corrupts.

Jan 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterunreadyAthelstan

Assuming the posted quote to be accurate, it appears that Pachauri's attorneys have not mastered noun-pronoun agreement. Here's hoping they're similarly incompetent at legal analysis.

Jan 3, 2010 at 6:48 PM | Unregistered Commenterrjs

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