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Hiding the Decline

You may have thought that you had heard everything there is to know about Climategate, but in fact there are still details of what happened that have yet to be aired.

For example, did you know that UEA were investigated by the police under suspicion of perverting the course of justice?

Or that Lord Oxburgh quietly changed his evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, introducing a falsehood into the official record?

It's all in Hiding the Decline, my definitive history of the Climategate affair, which is now on sale here.


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Reader Comments (91)

Or that Lord Oxburgh quietly changed his evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, introducing a falsehood into the official record?

A Falsehood"? This isn't parliament or the HoL.... he LIED.

Oct 25, 2012 at 6:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterDave_G

Ordered and paid for.

Oct 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Englishman

Dont forget to send a copy to Mr Steyn :)

Oct 25, 2012 at 7:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterRB

Bought tonight. Looking forward to a good read!

Oct 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterIan_UK

Purchased. Looking forward to a good read.

Oct 25, 2012 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterManicBeancounter

Bish: I'm really looking forward to reading this. BUT ...

I'm a subscriber and have logged in. However, after repeated attempts to take advantage of your generous subscriber offer (including logging in again (and again) and changing my password twice) I keep being refused. What's up?

Oct 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

hi there
i downloaded the kindle version, and got a prc file. However, i cannot upload this to, to read it on my iphone. How do i read this version ?

Oct 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM | Unregistered Commenterper

My problem now fixed. Looking forward to an interesting read.

Oct 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

ordered the hard copy and looking forward to learning stuff

Oct 25, 2012 at 9:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterDolphinhead

Please advise which method of purchase benefits you, and this site, the most financially.

[BH adds: Any of these will be fine]

Oct 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Savage

Kindle purchase without a hitch. I thought the 'THANK YOU for your purchase' screen against the standard Bishop Hill background was classy.

Oct 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterRichard Drake

I have same problem as per. My android tablet kindle app does not seem to open
nprc files

Oct 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM | Unregistered Commentermikep

Following earlier announcement I was promised a copy in my Xmas stocking, not going to happen, too long to wait!

Oct 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand



Oct 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterBad Andrew

I volunteer to do the verbal rendition of the book for audiobook production purposes. Just let me know where and when to show up. ;)


Oct 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterBad Andrew

Similar problem to per. Tried via Amazon & USB cable. No luck. It appears to be on my Kindle but is not highlighted so can't open it. Anybody help?

Oct 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterTom Mills

Nobody who has the ability to read should ever need to "wonder" about the contents of a book. Once read, there will be knowledge of its contents and knowledge can only be good or should we revert to celebrating Opernplatz, sorry, Bebelplatz?

Oct 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Print copy ordered. Congratulations on the launch, and thanks for all the hard work Bish.

Oct 25, 2012 at 11:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterVarco

My kindle does not see it listed yet

Oct 26, 2012 at 1:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterEd Forbes

Is there a non-Paypal method of paying for it?

Oct 26, 2012 at 1:54 AM | Registered Commentershub

Your Grace (seeking favours here hehe)

Hard copy ordered and like others looking forward to a good read. Also hoping it gets signed or I will personally make sure Scotland becomes independent well before 2014!

[snip]. I would guess that all regular readers are not only aware of exactly what "Hide The Decline" is about but also that most people including MSM had no clue. [snip]

Oct 26, 2012 at 1:54 AM | Registered CommenterDung

[snip] Sure, most cogniscenti know that 'Hide the Decline' refers to the Divergence Problem, but that is inside baseball; the way 'Hide the Decline' is interpreted by hoi polloi is about a temperature decline, a much simpler idea to understand. Though the polloi mistake it, the lesson of scientific malpractice is more easily understood by mistaking it than were they to try to understand the Divergence Problem.

The wonders are performed in mysterious and ironic ways.

Oct 26, 2012 at 3:44 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

[snip]I would guess that all regular readers are not only aware of exactly what "Hide The Decline" is about but also that most people including MSM had no clue."
Oct 26, 2012 at 1:54 AM | Dung

I bet 97% of the MSM thought they did have a clue, though.... :)

Oct 26, 2012 at 4:09 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart


For example, did you know that UEA were investigated by the police under suspicion of perverting the course of justice?

Ever heard the concept of innocent until proven guilty? Inconvenient for the polemicist though, isn't it?

Oct 26, 2012 at 4:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterBitBucket

Gotta agree with you there Grant!

Ever heard the concept of innocent until proven guilty? says BB
Yes thank you BB but it's the proven innocent that we're still waiting for. Maybe that'll have to come after an investigation.
Any investigation would be nice!

Oct 26, 2012 at 5:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR

Bitbucket, that is an interesting concept.

If take that argument further then all our media would just be pronouncements of "facts" or "truth". And as the only arbiter of such decisions would be the State, then all you would have is a State media. And we all know how well that has worked in the past.

There is something called freedom of speech and if BH has not broken any laws, then he is entitled to publish, and you are entitled not to buy. You have the CHOICE to spend your cash on something else that does suit your tastes. Welcome to democracy.

Bitbucket, as tail pulling goes that one is not one of your best.

Oct 26, 2012 at 6:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

The e-junkie link in the email I get after buying the Kindle version seems to just re-direct to your thank-you page. Teething troubles?

Oct 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterRob Fisher

Do not feed the troll.

Oct 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

To any who question the right for existence/premise/objectivity of this book... (ignoring the fact that you probably have not read it.)

We live in a wonderful society. There is only one valid response to BH. Really only one.

Right your own book. Simple.

A totalitarian state's response to this book would be to censor it. A democratic society's response would be to write your own.

Freedom of speech. Not freedom to censor.

Oct 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

but if you do WRITE your own book, employ someone who can do better proofing than me ...DOH....
[corrected TM]

Oct 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

Congratulations Bish. I don't have time to read it just now. I will later. You have covered the two most crucial issues in this field. The hockey stick and the dodgy proxies.

Professor Jonathon Jones (Physics – Oxford University)

The decision to hide the decline, and the dogged refusal to admit that this was an error, has endangered the credibility of the whole of climate science. If the rot is not stopped then the credibility of the whole of science will eventually come into question.

Oct 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM | Unregistered CommentereSmiff

Downloaded coolreader for my
Android tablet and now I can open prc file. On chapter three now.

Oct 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM | Unregistered Commentermikep

My copy of Hiding the Decline is on its way. Really looking forward to it.

Oct 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hargreaves

Ordered, delivery to Greece no problem.
I might even have it by the middle of November, (post here takes ages)!!!
Can't wait to read it.

Oct 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM | Unregistered Commentermeltemian

Got mine, very much looking forward to reading!

Oct 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

Although a subscriber, I will buy my copy.

Go out and have a couple of pints on the proceeds, you deserve it!

Oct 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Brumby

'Although a subscriber, I will buy my copy.'

Me too.

Oct 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM | Registered Commenterdjy

Thanks for my copy, Bish. Excellent to have a "refresher" on the hockey Stick - I gave my copy to my MP, the ghastly Angus Robertson, ages ago. Not only did he not thank me, he didn't deign to acknowledge it.

Oct 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterHuhneToTheSlammer

Purchased in dead tree format - looking forward to it.

Oct 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterMorph

I'd buy it for my Kindle if only I could find the ***** thing...

Oct 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

hidden in the wife's office pile... bought. Sent to my kindle email account. Opened on kindle no problems.

Oct 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

Bought the Kindle for PC version. Downloaded and reading now . . . .


Oct 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM | Registered Commenterjohn-whitman

Andrew Montford,

In your book 'Hiding the Decline' in the section 'Notes on usages' you said,

We still have no idea of the identity of the person who disclosed the Climategate emails (nor indeed if they were a hacker or a whistleblower). I refer to the person involved as ‘he’, but this should not be taken as any indication that the field of suspects has been narrowed in any way.

Montford, Andrew. Hiding the Decline (Kindle Locations 72-74).

Do you mean to say that you know there is only a single individual responsible for disclosure of the Climategate emails? It seems that you do, yet you also use the word 'they' in your paragraph so I am sincerely confused by what you said.


Oct 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM | Registered Commenterjohn-whitman

just to record that i downloaded the kindle version, which came with a .prc filename. I renamed the file to .mobi and the upload to kindle, and reading, worked just fine.

thanks very much for your help

Oct 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM | Unregistered Commenterper

Amazon UK are saying "Not in stock; order now and we'll deliver when available".

Well I have put in an order so I guess I just need the Bish to punt a few copies Amazons's way? :)

Oct 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM | Registered CommenterThe Leopard In The Basement

Andrew Montford,

In your book 'Hiding the Decline' in Chapter 1 ‘The Hockey Stick’ you said,

Despite being aware that at least one of his associates agreed with McIntyre and McKitrick, Mann's immediate reaction was not to challenge MM03 through a response in the scientific literature, but instead to question the integrity of Energy and Environment. He suggested that the journal was ‘a shill for industry’, and on this basis dismissed the paper in its entirety rather than engaging with its criticisms of his work. As Mann told his colleagues:

“The important thing is to deny that this has any intellectual credibility whatsoever and, if contacted by any media, to dismiss this for the stunt that it is.”

With the assistance of a sympathetic journalist, Mann proceeded to issue a strongly worded denunciation of McIntyre and McKitrick. A decision was also taken to issue a further informal rebuttal via CRU, since the UK wing of the Hockey Team could then be presented to the public as neutral arbiters in the dispute.→ In due course a response was posted on Tim Osborn's website at CRU.→

Montford, Andrew. Hiding the Decline (Kindle Locations 309-319).

Andrew Montford, do you later in the book (I am still reading it) name the ‘sympathetic journalist’? I would like to know who it is.


[BH adds: He's identified in HSI]

Oct 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM | Registered Commenterjohn-whitman

Ordered the dendro version! Thanks Bish! Best of luck with the book! :)

[PS: would be awesome if you could scrawl in it before sending!]

Oct 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM | Registered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

In the part of my 62+ years I can still recall, it is the first time I have encountered the word ‘outwith’. At first I thought it a typo, but it is a word and it appears that it was used properly.

Andrew Montford said in ‘Hiding the Decline’ in Chapter 1’s section entitled ‘The Dog That Didn’t Bark’,

McIntyre quickly surmised the truth: Briffa had been taking advice on how to deal with McIntyre's arguments outwith the IPCC process.

Montford, Andrew. Hiding the Decline (Kindle Locations 856-857).


Oct 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM | Registered Commenterjohn-whitman


It's a Scottish thing (I think).

Here's an example from a court ruling:

8] When the matter came before the sheriff for debate on the defender's preliminary pleas the pursuer took the opportunity of submitting that the defender's first crave was incompetent in respect that her claim was made outwith the period prescribed by section 28(8) of the 2006 Act.

A random example!

Oct 27, 2012 at 1:02 AM | Registered Commenterwoodentop

I hope the book shows that Michael Mann gets widespread remuneration for his widespread renumeration .....

Oct 27, 2012 at 1:52 AM | Registered Commenterrickbradford

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