James Delingpole has gotten himself in trouble in Australia. On May 3 he wrote this about wind farm advocates:
As a NSW sheep farmer fighting tooth and nail to stop a wind farm development near his beloved home told me the other day in trenchant style: “The wind-farm business is bloody well near a pedophile ring. They’re f . . king our families and knowingly doing so.”
It was right at the end of an article explaining how corrupt and uneconomic windfarms are.
Well some greentard or member of the green taliban complained to the Press Council. Who have said in their report:
Third, it has concluded that the report of the anonymous remarks concerning paedophilia, a very serious and odious crime, were highly offensive. The Council’s principles relate, of course, to whether something is acceptable journalistic practice, not whether it is unlawful. They are breached where, as in this case, the level of offensiveness is so high that it outweighs the very strong public interest in freedom of speech. It was fully justifiable in the public interest to convey the intensity of feeling by some opponents of wind farms but that goal did not require quoting the reference to paedophilia.
Which brings us to his sledge in return in The Telegraph:
Well I stand by every word of the piece – especially the bit about paedophiles. I would concede that the analogy may be somewhat offensive to the paedophile community. Nevertheless, like the anonymous sheep farmer I quoted, I feel that the “level of offensiveness” is entirely justified when applied in the context of perhaps the vilest, greediest, most corrupt, mendacious and wantonly destructive industries currently operating anywhere in the world. If Jimmy Savile were alive today he would definitely be heavily into wind farming.
He then goes on to note the hypocrisy of the ruling:
Which brings me to the second interesting point of comparison. By spooky coincidence, the Australian Press Complaints Commission made its paedophile ruling in the same week that the Australian climate loon Robyn Williams was censured – and immediately exonerated – for likening climate sceptics to paedophiles.
“What if I told you that pedophilia is good for children, or that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, to be encouraged?” Williams said at the top of the show, which was dedicated to discussing attitudes on climate change.
“You’d rightly find it outrageous. But there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths again and again in recent times, distorting the science.”
This, not unreasonably, prompted a complaint from the ABC’s former chairman Maurice Newman, who argued that the broadcaster had been “captured” by a “small group of people” prone to imbalance and “climate change groupthink”.
So it appears that people who belive in global warming, climate change or whatever they are calling it these days can liken climate sceptics to deniers and get away with it, but if you are one of those climate sceptics and you do the same in return then you get a complaints and a Press Council ruling against you…
James Delingpole is right, free speech is dead in Australia, and Australia is so totally gay.