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Feb182013

Brendan Montague

I had an email from Don Keiller the other day. He had been contacted by a “freelance journalist”, Brendan Montague, who wanted to know about his connections with GWPF and what he knew about their funding sources. Don seems to have sent him on his way fairly quickly, advising him that his time would be better spent looking at WWF and Greenpeace.

Strangely, Montague's name has come up in conversation a few times in recent weeks, although in fact I've known of him since 2010. Near the first anniversary of Climategate, I got an email from him, again claiming to be a freelance journalist, and saying he wanted to interview me about a story about the anniversary for the Sunday Times.

I picked him up a the station and took him back to my home, gave him lunch, and we chewed the fat over Climategate. It was all very amicable. Afterwards, there were a series of emails asking for new angles, but no story ever appeared. I remember feeling sorry for the poor chap, having funded a trip up to Edinburgh out of his own pocket for no benefit.

We now know that Montague is not exactly a freelance journalist. Although he seems to write something once a year, his main role is actually the "CEO" of Request Initiative, which is kind of an FOI bureau for green organisations. Montague seems to have been doing quite well at convincing people that he is useful - someone has been paying him to spend the last couple of years sniffing around anybody and everybody in the sceptic movement. There have been a series of unsuccessful FOI requests to universities for the emails of people associated with GWPF and even a dirt-digging trip to Benny Peiser's sister in Germany. Many readers will remember his attempts to get details of GWPF donors from the Charities Commission, an occasion on which he claimed, hilariously, to be paying for his legal team out of his own pocket. The fact that his brief also worked for Greenpeace led some to draw conclusions about exactly who was bankrolling all these speculative, conspiracy-fuelled wild-goose chases. Whoever they are they appear to have deep pockets and to be relatively unconcerned about whether Montague achieved anything.

Anyway, I think the message is that there are some pretty unscrupulous people out there, so be careful who you talk to.

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Reader Comments (73)

Hmmm... the Green Stasi?

Feb 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterHoi Polloi

Simple - ask any freelance journalist for examples of their work and their latest published piece.

Michael

Feb 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterMichael

You're far too nice, Andrew. The enemy is ruthless, ideological and well-funded.

I wouldn't speak to anyone who claims to be a journalist/activist (of any political colour) without informing them that it will all be recorded.

Feb 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

Bish: Did you ever contact the Sunday Times to see if they had commissioned an article from him? Presumably anyone can say they are writing an article for any paper (freelance) without there being any truth to the claim.

[BH adds: No. It was a year or more before I realised what had been happening, so I never followed it up]

Feb 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

This is interesting.

Brendan Montague approached the UEA wanting to interview people about Climategate as he was writing a new book, in his own words the 'definitive' book on climate gate.

I had a meeting with him on Friday (at which the university press officer sat in). All very amicable but rather got the impression there was another angle to his work. He started out by stating that you can trace the seeds of scepticism back to Friedrich Hayek and classical liberalism.

From our conversation I was led to believe he has also met/interviewed Steve McIntyre, Jim Hansen, Mike Mann, Gavin Schmidt amongst others. He seemed to have some knowledge but then also had big gaps in his understanding about the nature of scepticism. The usual tropes came out with questions such as 'so you deny the climate is changing?'.

Overall I was left very much dissatisfied with our meeting and rather wish I hadn't given up my time. I felt he had a hidden agenda and this blinded him to deep analysis of key questions. For example 'gate keeping' of the peer reviewed literature came up in an almost farcical way. He asked why was it that an oil company hadn't funded a major scientist to do a reanalysis of the hockey stick and then got it published in Nature or Science? I suggested that there were several analyses out there that had shown the hockey stick methodology to be full of fundamental errors. His stance was yes maybe, but none in Nature. I mentioned gate keeping and his response to demonstrate that gatekeeping didn't occur was to tell me that even Phil Jones had papers rejected by Nature.

Ho hum! Well as i said I wish I hadn't entertained any such meeting with Montague.

Feb 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaul Dennis

It's simple, it's projection. That blinds to the nature of skepticism. I mean, how can a narrative gain such power without the usual necessities?
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Feb 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

George Soros is funding him.

Feb 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM | Unregistered Commenterdeepthroat

Whatever you say
Say nothing
When your talking to you know who!

Some lines popular in Northern Ireland during the 'troubles'

Feb 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterBryan

Including travelling, overnight & legal expenses etc that must come to about 100K a year. If he worked for a living before 2010 that comes to about 1/3rd of a million. And that is only 1 guy who appears to have produced nothing of value to his masters, indeed almost nothing publishable, in the period.

Feb 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterNeil Craig

A very interesting comment from Paul Dennis.

Paul, can we assume you are the Mr. Paul Dennis who is Head of Stable Isotope and Noble Gas Geochemistry Laboratories at UEA? If so readers of Bishop Hill should be very interested in your bio!

"My research interests lie in the application of natural stable isotope chemistry to environmental and palaeoclimate studies. I am also very active in instrument design, developing new, high sensitivity isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS)in order to analyse small samples with a high degree of precision, measure 'isotopic clusters', noble gas isotope ratios and the natural variation of oxygen in the atmosphere.

In my laboratory we use stable isotope geochemistry to help us understand aspects of past and present climate and environment change. The isotopic composition of fossil rainwater trapped in stalactites and stalagmites collected from caves helps us to unravel details of the climate in western Europe over the past 11,000 years. An analysis of magnetic dust and the isotopic composition of tiny marine creatures known as foraminifera in deep sea marine cores gives us clues to the processes that occur at the end of an ice age 130 thousand years ago when the climate changed rapidly from a cold glacial to a warm interglacial world. Even further back in geological time, some 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period. There is speculation as to the cause of the extinction: meteorite impact or volcanic activity with the huge eruption of the Deccan Traps in India. An analysis of dinosaur egg shells, collected from sediments that intermingle with the Deccan Trap volcanic lavas has helped us to understand the climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels at the time the dinosaurs became extinct.

Currently I am working on new isotope techniques for measuring palaeotemperatures using isotopic clusters or isotopologues and developing a high sensitivity noble gas mass spectrometer for in-situ cosmogenic isotope studies (tritium and neon)as a dating tool for groundwaters and landscape evolution studies.

Not many will have better qualifications to discuss climate change.

(Apologies if not)!

Feb 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterDerrick Byford

Derrick, I imagine most of us are familiar with Paul's bio (yes, he is that guy) and immensely grateful to him for participating here :)

Feb 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM | Registered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

AIUI, measurement of the contribution of fossil fuels to atmospheric carbon is based on isotopic analysis, which points to the likely source.

So yes, a most important contribution in terms of attribution of where the CO2 is coming from.

Feb 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterJustice4Rinka

Interesting.... Brendan Montague's group Request Initiative is in need of close scrutiny.

Although their avowed purpose is to promote successful FOI requests for environmental causes, they of course have no interest in seeing climate scientists responsive to FOI requests they don't support.

Feb 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM | Registered CommenterSkiphil

It turns out that a legal proceeding by Request Initiative somehow had access to a small clique of climate activists to provide attack quotes against GWPF. The now familiar Stephan Lewandowsky was onboard with Brendan Montague by Jan. 2012 if not earlier. Places Lew's "psychological research" in an interesting light does it not:

Lewandowsky aligns with attack on Global Warming Policy Foundation in UK

Professor Stephen Lewandowsky, a Winthrop professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia, said:

“The GWPF has engaged in on-going obfuscation of the reality of climate change and they have been purveying unwarranted criticisms of well-respected scientists. I believe that the GPWF is an outfit dedicated to mislead the public into thinking that climate scientists are still debating the cause of climate change— when in fact the peer-reviewed literature abounds with evidence that those fundamentals were resolved long ago.”

From info earlier on the same page, it is evident that Lewandowsky is one of a fairly small clique of activists somehow solicited by Request Initiative for supportive comments in their legal brief.

The familiar names which appear are: James Hansen, Naomi Oreskes, Clive Hamilton, John Abraham, and Stephan Lewandowsky!

Feb 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM | Registered CommenterSkiphil

Brendan Montague appears not to check his "facts". It seems the Independent was embarrassed by this article - see the footnote.

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

Kind of like a better-funded Anna Haynes

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM | Registered Commentershub

Robin,

The corrections in that footnote are funny (well maybe not to the people being misrepresented). The Independent admits that they published an article which "speculated" -- what are they, a gossip tabloid?


"We also speculated that the closure of IPN UK and its split from IPN US may have been over climate change. Professor Morris and Linda Whetstone, the UK charity’s ex-chair, deny this."

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM | Registered CommenterSkiphil

RG, I get a 503 error on that link. ??

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM | Registered Commenterjferguson

This is very cynical (i know) but you might like to have your home swept for bugs.
Alls fair in love and climate activism.

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

Request Initiative is being backed by UnLtd, a self-styled "leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK". According to UnLtd's latest financial accounts (link: http://unltd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Final-signed-UnLtd.pdf), they receive funding from Deustche Bank, which is controlled by the Warburg family (who funded the nazis at one time and also, Paul Warburg established the US Federal Reserve System established in 1913).

As we all know, Deutsche Bank has most recently been caught up in carbon credit trading scandals: (http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2232113/deutsche-bank-staff-jailed-in-carbon-trading-fraud-crackdown). Why doesn't Montague research this instead of making uninformed accusations against skeptics?

Note that George Soros has very close ties with the Warburg family, often using Deutsche Bank to carry out large financial transactions for his hedge fund. The point is, Soros is heavily invested in green technology companies, especially in South America. If the global warming scare fails, he will lose billions. Enter muppets like Montague to do his and Deutsche bank's bidding.

Note also that since 2009, Soros has been happily milking US taxpayers via Obama's economic stimulus program, where huge grants and bailouts were given to companies under his control, especially in the green technology and insurance sectors. Most recently, his hedge fund made $1.2 billion betting against the Japanese yen (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/15/george-soros-bet-against-yen). A very dangerous and greedy man, who hides behind the facade of being a "liberal philantropist":(http://www.earstohear.net/soros.html). If Dr Evil had a father, Soros would be it.

Note that George Soros is also the source of Michael "Hokey Shtick" Mann's legal defense fund, via Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and GAP’s Environmental program (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/24/fighting-the-mann/#comment-1041764).

Final note: I realise that "shtick" is a word of Yiddish origin meaning "piece" or "bits". In the case of Mann and Montague, "shtick" might as well be a portmanteau that means "shit on a stick" propaganda.

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Unregistered Commenterdeepthroat

He attended the Heartland Institute meeting last May in Chicago. He seems to have made quite an impression on Lucia, see her tongue-in-cheek review of the meeting.

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

Request Initiative is being backed by UnLtd, a self-styled "leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK". According to UnLtd's latest financial accounts (link: http://unltd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Final-signed-UnLtd.pdf), they receive funding from Deustche Bank, which is controlled by the Warburg family (who funded the nazis at one time and also, Paul Warburg established the US Federal Reserve System established in 1913).

As we all know, Deutsche Bank has most recently been caught up in carbon credit trading scandals: (http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2232113/deutsche-bank-staff-jailed-in-carbon-trading-fraud-crackdown). Why doesn't Montague research this instead of making uninformed accusations against skeptics?

Note that George Soros has very close ties with the Warburg family, often using Deutsche Bank to carry out large financial transactions for his hedge fund. The point is, Soros is heavily invested in green technology companies, especially in South America. If the global warming scare fails, he will lose billions. Enter muppets like Montague to do his and Deutsche bank's bidding.

Note also that since 2009, Soros has been happily milking US taxpayers via Obama's economic stimulus program, where huge grants and bailouts were given to companies under his control, especially in the green technology and insurance sectors. Most recently, his hedge fund made $1.2 billion betting against the Japanese yen (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/15/george-soros-bet-against-yen). A very dangerous and greedy man, who hides behind the facade of being a "liberal philantropist":(http://www.earstohear.net/soros.html). If Dr Evil had a father, Soros would be it.

Note that George Soros is also the source of Michael "Hokey Shtick" Mann's legal defense fund, via Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and GAP’s Environmental program (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/24/fighting-the-mann/#comment-1041764).

Final note: I realise that "shtick" is a word of Yiddish origin meaning "piece" or "bits". In the case of Mann and Montague, "shtick" might as well be a portmanteau that means "shit on a stick" propaganda.

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:40 PM | Unregistered Commenterdeepthroat

Hmmm...I mored concerned about the people I am forced to listen to...

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterTux52

Ah... yet another "Not for Profit" company filing no accounts.

They bleat on about transparency - but they are *NOT* keen on it when applied to themselves...

Really guys - and I know you will be reading this - WTF? this is foot shot territory.

Prominent investigative journos in there ... independent, unbiased and fair minded reportage - surely not running errands for a sugar daddy somewhere?

Feb 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Of course this warning will be interpreted as a conspiracy of silence...

Feb 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

Interestingly, Request Initiative C.I.C is what is described as "Community Interest Company".

This type of company has their own set of regulations they must follow in order to qualify as a CIC.

Paragraph 3 of the regulations states:


3.—(1) For the purposes of the community interest test the following activities are to be treated as not being activities which a reasonable person might consider are activities carried on for the benefit of the community:
(a) the promotion of, or the opposition to, changes in—
(i) any law applicable in Great Britain or elsewhere; or
(ii) the policy adopted by any governmental or public authority in relation to any matter;
(b) the promotion of, or the opposition (including the promotion of changes) to, the policy which any governmental or public authority proposes to adopt in relation to any matter;
and
(c) activities which can reasonably be regarded as intended or likely to—
(i) provide or affect support (whether financial or otherwise) for a political party or political campaigning organisation; or
(ii) influence voters in relation to any election or referendum.

Feb 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM | Registered CommenterTerryS

Another name to look out for is Lucas Hari Amin

http://www.amazon.co.uk/without-Lawyer-Logan-Handbooks-ebook/dp/B00993RM7S

They've written a book on FOIA and work together.

Feb 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

And his pals will take his data, go to *their* pals at some agency, contrive a lawsuit, go to a friendly court and get a judge to sign off on a pre-arranged order that will have the tax payers paying for this friendly shake down.

Feb 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM | Unregistered Commenterlurker, passing through laughing

This might be useful:

Amazon.

"Could this lone writer possibly be the next George Orwell or is he just an eccentric tilting at windmills? Brendan is among a handful of professionally trained journalists on the radical left: all he needs is a revolution."

The journalist as the star in the movie about his own life. Or if you like, a low-budget Aldi version of Greg Palast.

Feb 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

What always gets me about these so-called radicals is their eagerness to align with the powers of the Establishment.

If I was a radical, the fact that the state media, the cross-party government line and the words of all the major industrial and financial powers support the AGW storyline would get my radical hackles up. Even 'big oil' who is supposed to be bankrolling deniers, are all, to a man, toeing the AGW line.

Does this not feel even a little bit strange, fishy, suspicious to people who are (to quote) "among a handful of professionally trained journalists on the radical left: all he needs is a revolution" Does this not feel bad to you radicals that you are on the same side as royalty, sycophantic state-sponsored media, corrupt privately-owneed media, the class system and the military-industrial complex?

Would a real radical side with The System?

Feb 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

One person's radical is another's insane government. I even think politics attracts radicals. The rest of us tend to just get on with life.

Feb 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

I have never yet had cause to heed the words of Max Clifford, but if I was ever asked for an interview by a journalist from a media outlet I was unsure about, the words "Copy Approval" would be in my mind.

Feb 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

According to the 'Journalisted' website

http://journalisted.com/brendan-montague#tab-contact

his contact e-mail is

brendan.montague@sunday-times.co.uk

Is it normal for a 'freelance' to have an e-mail address which seems to show him as a member of staff of a respected and widely known newspaper?

I once did a freelance contract for the MoD but I would be grossly misrepresenting my status if I claimed an e-mail of Latimer.Alder@mod.war

Or is the world of journalism different from real life?

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Brendan's book has no Amazon reviews and his blog doesn't seem to exist anymore, so perhaps he found a better gig with the shady funding of "Request Initiative".... Funny how easily "edgy" radicals of the left align with CAGW propaganda to demand endless political and economic powers....


"A Year on The Sauce is a limited edition collection of stories from the most edgy radical news blog in the UK...."
[emphasis added]

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterSkiphil

From the post currently on their front page , you can get some idea of what they are up to, which is precisely what Peter Gleick was up to. They want to uncover who the large donors to skeptic organizations are and expose them in the left-wing and, if possible, mainstream media. The idea is to choke off funding so only the warmist message dominates in discussion of climate change. In the example above they are going after the major donor to Lord Lawson's think tank.

In other words, they are using a form of legal extortion and ridicule to curtail debate and the free flow of information. This is the opposite of what skeptics are using FOI legislation. They are trying to get access to the data, code and related communications that underlie scientific work and the policy based on it.

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

I think he is probably a bit of a scheisster. According to his precis on the RI site; "He has published in The Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent, the New Statesman and dozens of other publications. " I don't subscribe to the Times online, but I've checked the Observer, Guardian, Independent and New Statesman site and could only find 4 articles attributed to him (one about climate change (Independent), one about himself (Guardian) and two on football (New Statesman)). Hardly a great tally for a "muck-racking investigative journalist".

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:48 PM | Registered CommenterSalopian

TBYJ:

What always gets me about these so-called radicals is their eagerness to align with the powers of the Establishment.

It's the Willie Sutton dodge. They do it because "that's where the money is."

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM | Registered Commenterjferguson

re 4:02 PM Latimer Alder:

that's a very interesting find. I can see how he would find a sunday-times email address useful. I wonder what the Sunday Times thinks about that or if they even know? Does he uses another email address when corresponding with them?

Perhaps you should send him an email and inform him his career . . . I'm searching for a word here. . path is being discussed at Bishop Hill and invite him to discuss the particulars.

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

theduke

The page could just be out of date.

Feb 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Yes, your grace, that occurred to me after. Wonder if he still uses it, however, as a lever as it were. You know how those investigative "journalists" are.

This is a "journalist" with all the biases, as evidenced in this piece , which is a classic in the annals of guilt by association.

Feb 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

I remember a couple of things about Montague from the last time he surfaced here.

Before he launched his "public interest" career as the new George Orwell (or poor man's Julian Assange - take your pick) he was a story tout for the News of the World.

When he tried to flog the NOW a bit of sexual tittle-tattle his girlfriend told him about a "celebrity chef" (not exactly Woodward & Bernstein is it?) - they ran the story without paying him.

Deprived of his £30k and suffused with righteous indignation - he decided to take the moral high ground, accused the NOW of hacking his voicemail and joined the ranks of the "phone hacking victims".

His version of the story is here -

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/feb/26/news-of-the-world-phone-hacking

However even CIF readers aren't that stupid.

Some of their comments -

Brendan, you exemplify everything that is wrong with journalism today, and why we need some regulation with a bit more teeth than the limp-wristed Press Complaints Council.

So scum-fisher, having left scum on password-free mobile to be lifted by grateful scum-retailer, affects moral position?

So you are saying that you were trying to make £30K by making the lives of the chef's wife and kids a misery? No honour among thieves eh?

.......... and funniest of all, a CIF commenter apparently found an example of Brendans' early work (from his blue period presumably) :-

"SHREX FOR SALE
Source: The People
Byline: By BRENDAN MONTAGUE and ANN GRIPPER

DESPERATE gigolo Alistair MacPherson was still waiting for his first customer last night after trying to sell himself as SHREK.

The 49-year-old balding overweight Scotsman thought honesty would be the best policy in his hunt for willing ladies so he...

COMPARES himself to the ugly green ogre who starred in the hit Hollywood cartoon movies.

CHARGES a rockbottom £20 an hour for his services.

DESCRIBES himself as "tall, fat, hairy - except for my head - totally mad but loveable ogre".

But unlike Shrek - the swamp-loving character who ended up marrying a princess - Britain's ugliest gigolo hasn't had much success so far.

Our undercover reporter was his first customer since he began advertising several months ago. "

And he's the sort of person the saintly saviours of the planet are using to do their dirty work and keep the loot flowing.

Words (almost) fail me.

Feb 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

Feb 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM | theduke:

The amusing thing about that article was the footnote - see my post at 12:11 PM today.

Feb 18, 2013 at 5:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobin Guenier

Montague is a "piece of work"
When he contacted me.I asked him what "slant" he intended on any story and whether it would be balanced.
His answer was sufficiently evasive to immediately raise my suspicions.
I then proceeded to ask him questions along the lines of whether he though hurricanes had increased or decreased in frequency and intensity in recent years etc. etc.
I finished off by suggesting that if he really wanted a "balanced" story he should look to the funding of WWF/Greenpeace etc.
I get the distinct impression he left me less than happy.

A little background check confirmed my misgivings and I reported the matter to GWPF and Andrew.
Looks like there is much more dirt to dig on Montague, his organisation and how it is funded.

Feb 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

The more I learn of Montague the more he seems to be to journalism what Martin Lack is to climate blogging..possessor of a huge self-conceit but few (any?) achievements on which to base it..

Feb 18, 2013 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

If Request Initiative is really funded, indirectly, by George Soros - I wonder if George has ever seen this old Times piece - written by Brendan before he became a "tribune of the left" -

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/shocker-soros-funded-fake-iraq-body-count#.USJs2-j7dJN

Feb 18, 2013 at 6:09 PM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

Robin Guenier, yes, I saw your comment and read the footnote earlier. One suspects the editors of the Independent are the type who laugh leeringly when they read that kind of agitprop and rush it into print, but even they got caught this time and were forced to print clarifications/corrections.

In comparing the Independent piece to the one on the BEST press release he co-wrote with Hannah Devlin for The Times, the difference in tone is striking. It appeared to me that the The Times piece was roughly 400 words long, and, if I might speculate, as brevity is clearly not an element of Montague's style, it suggests that it had to be heavily edited by the adults at The Times. No descriptions like ". . . a major force of climate denial" allowed. It was, however, triumphalist in tone, and celebrated what might be called Phil Jones' "exoneration" by BEST.

Feb 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

And here's the future George Orwell writing in the Indy's "Young Britain" feature in 1997

Environment

The car is the perfect vehicle for a generation lost in the cultural milieu of job insecurity, alienating work and very little influence over society. Car is all. It is a hobby, a craft, with a great deal of work satisfaction, and it is the home from home in which we socialise away from discerning observation and through the combination of work and home we do become adults.

We have become alienated from our environment, both social and agricultural. It is an incarceration.

To our credit, we are intelligent enough to bypass Swampy: his political naivety and Luddite regressiveness have only served as ammunition against those of us who would like to see industrialisation without the unnecessary pillaging of finite environmental resources.

Yet, we are immature enough to revel in self-gratification, to lubricate ourselves in short-term rewards, to steal ourselves a quick moment of relief although we are ultimately shagging society. Let down, cynical, we race through life and are now heading for a crash.

Brendan Montague

Cricklewood, London NW

.......... all together now.........Aaaaaaah.

He was a bit rude about Swampy though - will he have to face Greenpeace de-programming?

Feb 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

I'm reminded of something 'Pointman' wrote on his blog some time ago ...

The problem the alarmists had, was that there was never anything substantial to hit back at. They had the equivalents of the big guns and the massive air support but there never was a skeptic HQ to be pounded, no big central organisation, no massed ranks of skeptic soldiers or even any third-party backing the resistance. Every one of the skeptics was a lone volunteer guerilla fighter, who needed absolutely no logistical support of any kind to continue the fight indefinitely. The alarmists never understood this, preferring to think that there simply had to be some massive hidden organisation orchestrating the resistance. While they wasted time and effort attacking targets that only existed in their head, each of the guerillas chewed on them mercilessly in their own particular way.

'Brendan' looks like a failed 'journalist' (Salopian Feb 18, 2013 at 4:48 PM ) re-born into the wacky world of 'find the man in the swivel chair and a white cat Brendan'. Here's a 'bag 'o' cash' to help you in your quest. He crops up all over the place on his 'journalist salary'. Zero, if I were paying him. Working diligently to unwind the global conspiracy against 'climate science'.

He's Lewpaper ... simple projection. Had to laugh at the Amazon ... "Could this lone writer possibly be the next George Orwell or is he just an eccentric tilting at windmills? Brendan is among a handful of professionally trained journalists on the radical left: all he needs is a revolution."

Yup.I guess, like most of his ilk, he would be dead within minutes of the revolution starting.

Feb 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM | Unregistered Commenter3x2

Paul Dennis's 'recent sighting' status report suggests that Brendan has moved on from trying to expose the names of GWPF's supporters. There seemed to be a flurry of activity on this some time ago - almost as if someone on high issued 'orders' because GWPF had been too successful (=damaging) in getting publicity.

So it seems the current project entails going round interviewing 'known names' re Climategate doing research for his, as Dennis relates, 'definitive' book on climategate.

Pre-order your signed limited editions handprinted using biodegradable carbon-free ink on exquisitely handcrafted faeco-paper.

Feb 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

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