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Here's a thing, perhaps we could have the police arrest Davey and the DECC crew for 'culpably and recklessly producing electricicty!

From the BBC:

The charge alleges Mr McKenzie "culpably and recklessly" produced electricity "with total disregard for the safety of yourself and others".

Sheriff Way asked: "I don't quite understand - how does one culpably and recklessly produce electricity?"

Nov 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

Nov 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hargreaves

Hello Brent, thank you for your comment.

I look forward to reading the reply, if any which you receive to your Newsnight suggestion.

If they run true to normal, I would expect you to receive a...

Bland Bullshit Comment

rather than a

Brilliant Believable Concept response!


Nov 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

Peter Walsh,

Thanks for passing on the BBC response to your complaint. I have just written the following to Newsnight:


Dear Sirs,

I just read on a 2007 BBC blog entitled "How Green Should We Be?" this comment by Peter Barron:

"But if Newsnight stands for anything it should certainly stand against group-think..."

May I suggest a feature? I would like to see a piece whose starting premise is that variations in global temperatures are comfortably within the historical range, and the dire predictions of warming have been invalidated by a flat trend since the turn of the century.

To do this, the piece would need to be driven by a journalist who is not a member of the green advocacy. And of course, the contrary evidence - that global warming is happening or is forecast - should also be aired.

Best regards,


A reasonable request, I'd say.

Nov 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hargreaves

And the BBC says that, under the new Energy Bill, we'll all have to pay lots more money for energy infrastructure to support high-carbon [sic] forms of electricity generation, such as wind turbines. Thank goodness plants love all that carbon dioxide.

Nov 23, 2012 at 7:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby


Within that MO blog post there is a link to “our current 30 day forecast “ if you follow it and it is far from obvious, you need to find “text forecasts” and select 6 to 30 days, if you do persist and get there you will find:-

UK Outlook for Tuesday 27 Nov 2012 to Thursday 6 Dec 2012:
.… By the start of December, colder than average conditions are favoured, with an increased risk of frost and fog, and some wintry showers.

UK Outlook for Friday 7 Dec 2012 to Friday 21 Dec 2012:
….. So, on balance, colder than average conditions are favoured, with a risk of frost and fog, and an increased risk of some snow.

Issued at: 1526 on Thu 22 Nov 2012

Let me know if you manage to find it, many have failed!

Nov 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Deep profundity from the metoffice-

'Ultimately, we’re heading into winter and it is perfectly possible that we will see the whole range of weather that we get in winter at some point over the coming months, including snow and freezing temperatures, but also heavy rain, windy weather and mild conditions too.'

Nov 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

I am pleased to re-post a brief correspondence with the untruthful BBC which I had in 2010/2011. Luckily I posted it on the Bishop's blog and just a short while ago I remembered it and went looking for it!

Here goes;

Bishop, O/T but do please forgive me on this. In October 2010 while the Commonwealth games were just commencing, one of the BBC commentators, during the opening ceremonies I think, passed a comment about the Maldives being in danger of sinking 'neath the waves. I complained about this claim and received an acknowledgment at the time. Nothing else happened, until this morning when the following arrived in my in box:
Dear Mr Walsh
Reference CAS-331935
Thanks for contacting us about the ‘Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony’ on BBC One.
Please accept our apologies for the delay in replying. We know our correspondents appreciate a quick response and we are sorry you have had to wait on this occasion.
I understand you felt the commentators made inaccurate statements concerning the Maldives and global warming.
The BBC is committed to impartial and balanced coverage when it comes to this issue. There is broad scientific agreement on the issue of climate change and we reflect this accordingly; however, we do aim to ensure that we also offer time to the dissenting voices.
Flagship BBC programme such as ‘Newsnight’, ‘Today’ and our network news bulletins on BBC One have all included contributions from those who challenge the general scientific consensus recently and we will continue to offer time to such views on occasion
You might be interested in the views of former ‘Newsnight’ editor, Peter Barron, who explored this issue in an online posting at our Editors' Blog and explained some of the editorial issues it throws up:
You may also find this ‘HARDtalk’ interview from December 2010 to be of some interest:
Nonetheless, please be assured that your complaint will be added to our audience log, a daily report of audience feedback that's circulated too many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.
The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Kind Regards
Andrew Hannah
BBC Complaints
NB This is sent from an outgoing account only which is not monitored. You cannot reply to this email address but if necessary please contact us via our webform quoting any case number we provided.
Needless to say, I am not impressed.
Peter Walsh
Feb 5, 2011 at 10:41 AM | RETEPHSLAW

Nov 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

Salmond in the soup

"The First Minister told MSPs last month around 18,000 people were employed in the renewables industry but even the trade body that represents wind farm companies put the total at around 11,000.

Instead of publicly admitting the error, he wrote to Holyrood’s administrators asking that they change his answer by altering the official report, a written minute of parliament’s proceedings.

However, he did not simultaneously follow Scottish Parliament guidance that he publicise the correction by telling the MSP whose question prompted his inaccurate answer and the opposition parties."

Nov 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Tim Cullen: The Problem with TSI – Total Solar Irradiance

From Tallbloke - Problems with TSI measurements:-

Nov 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM | Registered CommenterRKS

Tony Hall started the ball rolling with skewing environmental coverage.

So yes, he will feel right at home, and will now be able to finish what he started.

God Bless the BBC

Nov 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

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