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The boy played a blinder

Professor John Beddington, or Sir John as we must start learning to call him soon, was the man who suggested Lord Oxburgh as the head of the inquiry into UEA's scientific oeuvre (or at least those parts that were likely to be uncontroversial.

As readers here know, I have previously obtained some of Professor Beddington's emails under FoI and I've now obtained one more.

It's pretty interesting.

It was sent on the afternoon after the publication of the Oxburgh report.

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This is the text:

Dear Ron

Much appreciated the hard work put into the review, general view is a blinder played. As we discussed at HoL, clearly the drinks are on me!

Best wishes, John

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Reader Comments (21)

I think that I understand the phrase "...a blinder played..." from the context but would someone who is a native speaker of the Queen's English please clarify for the benefit of someone from America where we haven't spoken it in years?



Jun 15, 2010 at 8:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterRayG

Beddington seems to think this climate business is a dumb game of poker or something. What's really funny is that Beddington and whoever comprises the "general view" actually thought that the Oxburgh report was a winning hand. I can't find anyone, anywhere, that thought that was a hand worth playing. One has to wonder what kind of idiots Beddington is interacting with on a day-to-day basis.

Jun 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimonH

Strike a light guv'nor, this Beddington bloke's a bit of a lark, all this E mail malarkey, couldn' 'e give the uvver bloke a bell on the dog? I mean, the whole thing pen and inks a bit, dunnit? Whitewash, an' all that, I mean are they tryin' to pull the wool over our mincers, or what?
Bit of a two-and-eight, if you ask me. Oh well, time for a stout, then up the apples and pears for a bit of shut-eye (after the 'ows yer father - know what I mean)?

Jun 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterNatsman

Played a blinder, usually refers to an individual’s exceptional skills displayed in a sporting event. Hardly something a couple of overweight old lardies could achieve with a BMI well in excess of 30. Clearly I’ll ‘ave a pint of Bollinger Johnny down dah boozer.

Jun 15, 2010 at 9:23 PM | Unregistered Commentermartyn

[snip - venting]

Jun 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterZT

"One has to wonder what kind of idiots Beddington is interacting with on a day-to-day basis."


Jun 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterAJC

Just a bit of nonsense from The Free Library

STRANGE BUT TRUE: Blind yet again? Eye that will be right.

FRAUDSTER (a person who commits a fraud; swindler) Brian Calen tried to play a blinder once too often.

In 1985, he told an insurance firm he was blinded in the right eye in a cruise ship accident.

And seven years later he claimed a ship's telescope blinded him again.

Later, he alleged twice more he was blinded on voyages - by a flying frisbee and an exploding champagne bottle.

All in the same eye. Calen, 48, of White Plains, New York was arrested after collecting more than a million dollars in damages over 10 years on insurance policies that required no medical proof.

He faces up to 15 years in jail for grand larceny.

Jun 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterGreen Sand

Amazing! Who would have thought that the subject of Ron's review was the unintended release of a raft of indiscreet emails..?

Jun 15, 2010 at 10:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

'As we discussed at HoL, clearly the drinks are on me!'

I do believe the HoL boasts an extremely well-stocked cellar, where the drinks are all on.... us!

Jun 15, 2010 at 10:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

Could one say the Lord swept the ball to Silly point?

Jun 16, 2010 at 2:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterE O'Connor

'played a blinder' usually means 'played blindingly well'. which does refer to blinding the soectator but is common colloquilism now. but just like 'nature trick' it could distract from the other stuff. why does he earn drinks for his report 'as discussed'? whats 'HoL'?

Jun 16, 2010 at 7:41 AM | Unregistered Commentermike

i think the drinks were a bet, hence the exclamation mark.

Jun 16, 2010 at 7:48 AM | Unregistered Commentermike

HoL = House of Lords

Jun 16, 2010 at 8:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterDR

Perhaps something pertinent. I do not want to get into Bloody Sunday, but the name Widgery...

The Widgery Report has been the basis of the British Government's response to the events of Bloody Sunday since its publication on 18 April 1972. As a credible version of events, it has long been widely regarded as seriously flawed by many sections of opinion in Ireland and abroad.

Lord Widgery, the then Lord Chief Justice of England, now has his name firmly planted in History. As the author of a politically motivated whitewash.

There is always a price to pay when a professional person leaves his integrity by the door, in Widgery's case that price will be high.

What about Oxburgh? How will history view him in 20 years?

Jun 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

So a rushed review that produced a flimsy nine page report, that we are told had no other supporting material, which concluded that UEA-CRU scientists were men of integrity, irrespective of the validity of the science, secured for the chairman free drinks from the person who nominated him.

We can conclude ourselves that the consensus view uttered by Beddington, "blinder played", now confirms that this was indeed an official whitewash.

They knew it. We suspected it. They confirmed it.

Jun 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterMac

"One has to wonder what kind of idiots Beddington is interacting with on a day-to-day basis."

Presumably MPs and government ministers?

Jun 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveS

E O'Connor, Could one say the Lord swept the ball to Silly point?

Not really. A sweep shot is to leg, while silly point is on the off. However, a top edge might do the trick.

Jun 16, 2010 at 3:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterTim Bromige

the point of the game was.......

Jun 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterhunter

Oh come on Tim picky picky, haven’t you heard of the reverse sweep.

Jun 16, 2010 at 7:33 PM | Unregistered Commentermartyn

Whatever they're playin', it ain't cricket.

Jun 17, 2010 at 1:21 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

It is not a GAME's deadly serious.
Government policy, thru spending and restrictive laws directly effects humans lifespan, quality of that life and its freedom.
Truthfulness is extremely important in optimising that government policy.

When I point out lying and deceit to climate alarmists, they often say things like "Well, if course we have to lie, the future of the planet is at stake...and we are fighting against masses of climate denial funded by big oil"

Nov 26, 2015 at 3:39 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

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