The silliest speech ever

James Delingpole writes about the silliest speech ever:

Oh dear. I’ve just read the speech Ed Davey delivered yesterday at the Met Office and the best thing you could say about it is that was worthy of its host venue: which is to say short on science, shamelessly parti-pris, and completely out of touch with what is going on in the real world.

In the real world, as we know, global warming paused in 1997 and shows little sign of starting up any time soon. If it did it would be good news for almost all of us, for it would make our climate more pleasant, crops would be more abundant and attractive young women would parade themselves in skimpier outfits for longer stretches of the year. But what it increasingly looks like is that the opposite is going to happen. We appear to be entering a period of solar minima – that’s an era of low sun-spot activity – which could, if we’re unlucky, recall the miseries of the Little Ice Age (ice fairs on the Thames; the Year Without A Summer; etc) bringing famine, pestilence and war. 

The UK has just experienced the coldest spring since the 1890s.

So that’s the real world. Now let’s visit the inside of Ed Davey’s head, a most scary fantastical place full of weird imaginings with no bearing whatsoever on reality.

I’ve been scouring his long speech trying to find bits that are actually true. But I haven’t had much luck. The best I can come up with is this:

If there is one thing we Brits know about, it’s weather.

I think Davey threw that one in as a kind of ice-breaker – you know, the bit early on in your speech where you give your audience permission to laugh by showing them you’re a relaxed, normal kind of guy. Indeed – though I wasn’t there – I can well imagine the orgy of pant-wetting consensual mirth this line prompted. Not because it’s funny, you understand, but it’s because a bit like Ben Elton saying “Thatch” at an Eighties alternative comedy stand up gig. Everyone laughs so as to say: “Well aren’t we one big happy family. We all believe in the same thing.”

And Delingpole is only just getting started:

But the rest of Davey’s speech is just drivel. Let’s examine some of the low points. Here he is on the Met Office:

And Britain should be proud of its Met Office and our national excellence in weather and climate science.

Eh? The Met Office is a national laughing stock. Everyone who doesn’t actually work there knows that. If you want to know why it’s a laughing stock read this piece I wrote a few weeks ago. In a nutshell, though the Met Office is OK at short term forecasts, it’s perfectly useless at medium to long term forecasting because its computer models are all biased towards predicting the global warming that isn’t actually happening. So heavily politicised has the Met Office become that instead of fessing up to its errors, it employs a bullying PR machine to try to slap down all criticisms – secure in the knowledge that its little helpers in the left-wing media and at the BBC will report its threadbare defence without bothering to check its accuracy.


Then Davey invokes more tosh – this time the Cook Survey.

As an example, a recent survey of over 12,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers provides a startling picture of the consensus that exists in our scientific community.

97% of the climate experts who expressed an opinion agree that human activity is driving global warming.

Just 3% question man’s contribution.


Yes, but as those of us in the real world know, the Cook Survey was bunkum. That 97 per cent figure was a complete invention. In order to reach it, the survey had wilfully to mispresent the nature of the science papers it was purporting to meta-analyse. It has no scientific credibility whatsoever. Therefore to stand at a lectern and invoke it to support your case is a bit like calling on phlogiston theory to support an argument on combustion, or like referring to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to support the case for a two-state solution in Palestine.

It doesn’t make you look clever or authoritative. (At least not to anyone who has done his homework. Which, mind you, means Davey was on pretty safe ground with his Met Office rent-a-fanclub crowd). It makes you look a dick.

A dick repeating a fraud about fraud.

Ed Davey is a disgrace and an embarrassment – by some way (and it’s not like there’s any shortage of competition) the most damaging and dangerous minister in Cameron’s Coalition of the useless. Why is he not being called account for this farrago of nonsense? Why aren’t the true Conservatives in the Coalition demanding that he be sacked? How can any government which genuinely cares about the state of our economy, our countryside and people’s falling standards of living allow this anti-scientific, green ideological nonsense to hijack the political agenda?


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  • Andy

    The UK narrowly missed out on passing the mandatory 90% decarbonisation bill, which would have resulted in economic suicide

    These guys are certifiably insane

  • Dave Broad

    I have a great deal of respect for the British skeptic community. At a time when the loonies seem to have taken charge.

  • Dave Broad
  • Rodger T

    Winter is coming.

    • Bad__Cat

      Winter is here, and I’m wearing T-shirt & shorts. Thank you Global Warming!