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Hi Gortonborn, you are quite right in saying that posters have been boasting about the ease of manipulation. I am a very old bear with no understanding of such machinations, so cannot comment either way. I understand that the poll was manipulated by both sides of the "divide" and I truly find this disappointing.

Commissioning an open poll on such an important matter carries responsibilities. Especially if "The results will be passed to the decision makers at the highest level and we can only hope they will take on board the positive nature of the overwhelming response we have enjoyed so far!"

The people who initiated the poll, commenced by emailing "friends" and asking them to "have your say". (you know the wording of your email). This can only be seen in one light, an attempt to stack the poll in the direction you wanted. There can be no other interpretation. So I have a problem with your final comment "I will let you decide (which is all we wanted our Poll to do)".

Also, an instant flip of the result and leaving it at that position does not put this issue in a good light. If the poll has been manipulated then it should be withdrawn and the numbers taken down. But it is your poll.

However, I am disappointed that the poll was manipulated, It was never my wish to compromise or manipulate the poll I wanted to see the poll finish with a true representation. As one of your commentators has said, there is a lot of feelings on both sides of the "divide" and as business people I am sure you are aware of the need to understand the depth of those feelings.

Maybe you could go again, with registration, with security and with adequate unbiased publicity? Possibly with a comment here, I am sure the Bishop would not mind. If he does I am sure I will soon find out.

Regards

Oct 19, 2010 at 12:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterGreen Sand

I sent this to the PR dept at the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street (GOS) today.

.....I was absolutely appalled to read that GOS has signed up to the 10:10 campaign. Apart from the questionable nature of the idea that CO2 is causing Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, which you surely must know is not accepted by a growing number of people, are you not aware of the recent disastrous publicity campaign undertaken by the doyens of 10: 10, in producing a film which involved graphically blowing up small children who did not agree to reduce their CO2 "footprint"? See below, for example.
http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2010/10/enemys-true-face.html

Were you not aware of this film? If so, how can you ignore it? Is this really the sort of campaign you, of all institutions, would wish to associate yourself with? I am am frankly ashamed of the Hospital for making this decision.

Oct 18, 2010 at 5:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

I just telephoned the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The Committee Clerk told me that Sir Muir Russell and UEA Vice Chancellor Edward Acton would be giving oral evidence on October 27th. The session is scheduled to begin at 09:15.

A press release about this is apparently scheduled to go on the Committee's web pages later this week.

Oct 18, 2010 at 2:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterDouglas J. Keenan

Congratulations for Roger Harrabin....

http://www.bromley.gov.uk/environment/Bromleys+Environment+Awards+2010+-+Roger+Harrabin.htm

Oct 18, 2010 at 2:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Jo Abbess calls William Connolley a 'diamond geezer' in his comments

http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2010/10/the_wikipedia_disaster_area.php

Jo's thoughts

http://www.joabbess.com/2010/10/17/the-stoat-also-rises/

Jo:
Some people have all the energy.

William Connolley’s struggle to keep Wikipedia clean on Climate Change has tired me out – and I only dip into the ongoing saga from time to time :-

http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2010/10/the_wikipedia_disaster_area.php

He must eat oats to have that kind of perpetual momentum :-

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2004/12/william-m-connolley/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Connolley

The spat at Wikipedia over editing of Climate Change-related material has subsided into a kind of uneasy truce.

Seems like the Climate Change sceptic-deniers just won’t let it lie – they’re recycling their accusations of Connolley all over again. WARNING : What follows may contain gross inaccuracies :-

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100059077/professor-hal-lewis-is-not-an-irrelevant-senile-old-fool/
http://www.thegwpf.org/best-of-blogs/1705-lawrence-solomon-global-warming-propagandist-slapped-down.html
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/14/willia-connolley-now-climate-topic-banned-at-wikipedia/
http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=6469&linkbox=true&position=1

Show your support for El Stoat, by commenting here :-

http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2010/10/the_wikipedia_disaster_area.php

Oct 18, 2010 at 2:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

Just in reply to Greensands Information on a Poll we are running over at www.Greenerenergyexpert.co.uk, the Poll has now been closed due to unfair manipulation of the Votes, ie. Multi voters using the fact you did not have to register to vote if you understand a little about browsers - this is the fact of the matter, if (and I am sure you already know) you have read the other mentions of this Poll on the Telegraph blogs etc, you will see other posts boasting of the ease at which this can be acheived - I will let you decide (which is all we wanted our Poll to do) Thanks

Oct 18, 2010 at 1:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterGortonborn

The New Tipping Point

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11563513

Oct 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoss H

Is this the end of the age of insanity?

Green Quangos go and Nuclear power wins outright. Perhaps now we can start planning for a future for our kids.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/businesstruth/energy_and_environment/8068460/Chris-Huhne-to-announce-eight-sites-for-new-generation-nuclear-plants.html

Oct 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Just wondered if anybody can remember how to get re-enabled at the CiF website. A 'close' associate' has been 'disabled' for failing to show sufficient obeisance to the Gods Moderator, Gaia and AGW.

Wonderful how a site dedicated to free comment dislikes it so much when the party line is transgressed.

Oct 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

I hear that overseas aid is one area which the government intends will not be cut. Couldn't they save a lot of money by stopping all the payments which are currently going towards promoting green propaganda in other countries?

Oct 17, 2010 at 9:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

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