Climate Hustle comes to Brussels


One of the privileges of being a member of the European parliament is that one has the opportunity to be utterly heretical, and to challenge the shibboleths of its right-on, politically-correct attitudes.  And if there is one right-on politically-correct obsession at the heart of the institution, it’s the commitment to the new religion of global warming.  I’ve often remarked that while energy policy-makers in the Commission claim to have a three-legged energy policy prioritising energy security, competitiveness and “sustainability”, all they really care about is “the fight against climate change” and cutting COemissions.

So why did I put “sustainability” in quotes, I hear you ask?  Answer: because the policies falling under the rubric of sustainability are simply unsustainable.  Why are they unsustainable?  Because they conflict with the other two objectives, much vaunted on paper but ignored in reality.  The over-commitment to renewables means that Europe has some of the least competitive energy prices in the world.  And over-reliance on intermittent renewables, coupled with policies to close coal-fired capacity (and in Germany, nuclear capacity as well) is now jeopardising security of supply.

The bitter irony is that energy pricing is driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU altogether, taking their jobs and their investment with them.  And they mainly go to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, thus increasing global CO2 emissions.  The policy fails in its own (highly compromised) terms.

Against this background, I was delighted to welcome Marc Morano  and his colleague Chris Rogers to the Brussels parliament for the very first Belgian screening of their movie “Climate Hustle”  Marc is the main man at Climate Depot, a project of CFACT and is the co-writer and presenter of the film.  And before you ask, no, Marc is not a climate scientist (but of course, neither are most of the IPCC’s “experts” either).  He is in fact an investigative journalist who has devoted much of his career to challenging the claims of the global warming lobby.

The movie was shown to an invited audience in our group meeting room in Brussels to a diverse audience of MEPs, staffers and external visitors.  It was followed by a lively Q&A session, which was not entirely dominated by the sceptic faction.  There were several perceptive but respectful questions from a pro-orthodoxy position.

While the movie covered much ground that I found familiar, I personally found it hugely encouraging – not least the number of interviews with highly qualified climate scientists like, Judith Curry , who started out accepting the scientific “consensus” uncritically, but were prompted to take a closer look by the evident contradictions in the orthodoxy, and switched to a sceptical position – despite the damage that involved for their careers.  They deserve our respect.

Given my own experience as a (fairly) lone voice in the climate debate in the EP, the movie’s affirmation of my own views was hugely encouraging, and I am grateful to Marc Morano and to Climate Depot for coming to Brussels.  They are working on a sequel, and are flying on to Prague to interview inter aliaVaclav Claus – a hero in the climate wars.

A DVD of Climate Hustle is available:

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Heroic failure



You’ll find below the text of my speech for the immigration debate last Thursday at the Cambridge Union Society, alongside such luminaries as Godfrey Bloom, James Delingpole and Alasdair Macleod.  So as the dust settles, you will undoubtedly be asking “Did you win?”.  Dear Reader, we did not.  It was an heroic failure.  Like the Charge of the Light Brigade, we galloped into the very mouths of the cannon, and were roundly decimated.

We were, of course, not surprised.  We were dealing with an audience mainly of students, who will instinctively embrace compassion with no thought for practicalities or consequences.  A cynic might describe it as gesture politics, or virtue signalling.

I had already reminded my co-speakers of Churchill’s dictum: “If you’re not a socialist at twenty, you have no heart.  If you’re still a socialist at thirty, you have no brain”.  And they were mostly around twenty.

On the other side, the best speaker was undoubtedly the Jordanian Ambassador Mazen Homoud and he had a valid point.  Jordan has shouldered an enormous burden in terms of refugees from the Syrian conflict, and while I don’t want to invite those refugees to come to the UK, nonetheless Jordan deserves our sympathy and our financial support.  Indeed a key theme of our argument was that it’s better (better for Britain, better for the refugees, and better for the eventual reconstruction of Syria) if these refugees can remain in the region.

Their second speaker was a young woman called Josie Naughton, who has set up a successful charity directing aid initially to the Calais Jungle, but later to many areas including Greece where refugees are in need of help.  She amazed me by using almost exactly the same words as I’d drafted into my speech: “If you woke up one morning and found a starving child on your doorstep, you’d feed it”.  But of course my speech added “If you found a dozen, you’d do your best and maybe get the neighbours to rally round.  But if you found thousands, you’d call the Army”.  Numbers matter.

Their third speaker was Robert Verkaik , who tried to convince us that the overwhelming majority of German, and British, citizens were enthusiasts for immigration and keen to welcome them with tea and sympathy.  In unscripted additions to my own speech (I was the last speaker) I asked if that was why Angela Merkel’s poll ratings had tumbled out of bed and why the anti-immigration AfD Party was doing so well in Germany. And I told him that when I knocked on thousands of doors during the recent Brexit campaign, by far the biggest issue raised spontaneously by voters was immigration.

Their fourth speaker, Labour MP for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner , was profoundly forgettable, and I shall say no more of him (except that he suggested that “there might be a few European citizens in the audience”, apparently forgetting that until Brexit, Brits remain “European Citizens” whether we like it or not).

Odd, isn’t it, the way you think of the best ideas after the event.  After the debate, I wished I’d included something along these lines:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I suspect that the great majority of you here tonight come from the comfortable middle classes, from leafy suburbs or picturesque rural villages.  If any of you come from a less-well-off background, then as Cambridge students you stand an excellent chance of joining the comfortable middle classes very soon.

 “If you vote tonight to fling open our doors to unlimited numbers of refugees, who will pay the price?  It will not be you, in your leafy suburbs.  You will benefit from cheap au pairs and cheap car-washes.  No.  I’ll tell you who it will be.  It will be the semi-skilled or unskilled British worker hit by wage compression caused by immigration.  It will be the parents unable to get their children into a crowded school – and the children who find that their teachers have to concentrate on English-as-a-foreign-language rather than on teaching British children.  It will be the single mother waiting months and years on the housing list.  It will be the London council-tax payer who finds he’s helping to fund homes for immigrant families in properties that he himself will never be able to afford.  It will be the Old Age Pensioner waiting indefinitely for the hip replacement or the heart by-pass – or even the doctor’s appointment.

 “The price of your moral posturing will be paid not by you, but by your less-well-off fellow citizens.  The phrase “Charity begins at home” may be a cliché, but it is utterly relevant in this context.”




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Cambridge Union Society October 13th: Refugees/Immigration

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Let me say first of all that we on this side of the debate recognise and respect the spirit of compassion which inspires the Motion tonight. We look at the situation in Syria and are appalled. And it is natural that when we see fellow human beings in dire trouble, we want to help.

But of course the issue is numbers. Let me offer you an example. Suppose you wake up one morning and find a starving child on your doorstep. You will feed it. Suppose you find a dozen? You will do your best, and perhaps get the neighbours to rally round. But if you find half a million, you will call the civil authority. Numbers matter.

For the avoidance of doubt, let me clarify the position of my party, UKIP, on immigration. We are not opposed to immigration, and still less are we opposed to immigrants. We recognise the important contribution that immigrants have made, and must continue to make, to our culture and our economy.

But we also recognise the pressures that mass immigration places on social cohesion and social infrastructure – on schools, and hospitals, and housing. As Milton Friedman said: “You can have open borders, or free welfare — but not both”. And we know that those who suffer most from the next wave of immigrants are the last wave of immigrants.

What my Party wants is exactly what most independent countries have – a managed immigration policy which brings in the skills our country needs, and at a level which our economy and our social infrastructure can sustain.

UKIP’s immigration policy, far from being discriminatory, is actually less discriminatory than our current UK/EU immigration policy, which favours Europeans, who are broadly white, and clamps down on non-Europeans, many of whom are non-white. We want a colour-blind policy based solely on numbers and skills. I have often said that I should prefer to admit an Indian dentist, or a Chinese engineer, than an unskilled European.

But most of all, we recognise that we live in a democracy, and I trust that no one in this room has any problem with that. And we are fast reaching the limits of democratic tolerance for mass immigration. Not just in the UK, but across Europe.

In the UK and elsewhere, the liberal establishment has sought to choke off debate on immigration by screaming “racism” from the rooftops whenever the issue is raised. But those of us engaged in day-to-day politics know all too well that immigration is a huge issue on the doorstep. We in my Party claim some credit for bringing the issue into the public square. And now, virtually all UK politicians (except Jeremy Corbyn) recognise the problem.

It is neither wrong, nor racist, in a democracy, for politicians to debate the issues that matter to their voters, and we make no apology for doing so.

We see a similar paradigm-shift across Europe. In Germany, Angela Merkel adopted essentially the policy in this motion – let ’em all come – with disastrous political consequences.

It may well be that the great majority of migrants – refugees and economic migrants – are decent, law-abiding people. Yet there are enough who are not to cause real concern among indigenous populations.

Many of these migrants bring with them cultural attitudes, not least towards women and gays, which are unacceptable in Western society. The offences committed against women in Germany and elsewhere hardly bear repeating.

Some migrants bring with them the feuds and vendettas of their homelands, and expect to pursue them on the streets of European cities. And a few – but a very dangerous few – will be deliberately spreading Jihad, and seeking to commit bombings and outrages in our countries.

As the public see this, as they see the overcrowding and pressure caused by sheer numbers, compassionate democratic consent crumbles away in the face of intractable problems.

I should like briefly to discuss one country – not Germany – which also adopted a policy of universal welcome. Sweden has always prided itself on its generous and liberal attitude towards migrants.

If it was difficult to discuss immigration here in the UK, in Sweden it was practically The Sin against the Holy Ghost. Those who dared put their heads above the parapet, like our colleagues from the Swedish Democrats, was howled down and denied media access.

Yet in 2015, Sweden accepted 30 per cent more migrants pro-rata than Germany.

I recently saw pictures in social media of cars burning in Malmö. So in our Group meeting in Brussels, I expressed my sympathy to Swedish MEP Peter Lundgren for the outrage. I was astonished by his response. “Which outrage?”, he asked. “The riots in Malmö” I replied. “Oh that”, he said. “But it is happening all the time in Sweden”.

The attitudes of acute political correctness survive. Swedish media are reluctant to report riots and offences involving migrants. Swedish police are reluctant to pursue illegals, lest it seem inhumane. The authorities allowed 35,000 so-called “children” to enter Sweden in 2015 with no age checks – though it was widely believed that a significant proportion were young adults seeking to benefit from children’s favourable terms.

In 2015 the Municipality of Malmö received and registered 15,000 unaccompanied minors (or claimed minors) – more than the whole of Germany accepted.

Sweden now has 55 “No Go Zones” where access for the police, the fire and rescue services, and even the postal service is severely curtailed, and some residents seek to impose Sharia law.

Healthcare, dental care, housing and schooling are under huge pressure. Migrants receive healthcare on better terms than citizens, causing great resentment.

But of course the Swedish people are not fools. Despite establishment attempts to keep a lid on the issue, we see the Swedish Democrats leading the opinion polls, while other parties reluctantly scramble to adopt parts of the Swedish Democrats’ programme.

In Germany as in Sweden, we see that an open-door policy lacks democratic consent. It cannot be sustained, whether we want it or not.

Mr. President: it’s not my remit to defend the Conservative government, but I have to say that I think their policy of discouraging mass migration by helping to fund resettlement camps in the Middle East is far preferable to an open-door policy. An open-door policy is simply unsustainable if Mrs. Lumsden in Gasworks Row, and millions of others like her, won’t stand for it. I urge the House to reject the Motion.

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Climate Hustle comes to Brussels


Climate Depot, the US think-tank and advocacy group, has created the highly-acclaimed film “Climate Hustle” which takes apart the case for “catastrophic global warming”.  It exposes the lies, exaggerations and misinterpretations which underlie the new religion of Warmism.

I have arranged a screening of the film in Brussels next week, October 19th, at 15:00.  This event will be open to visitors, but if you’re able to come (and please do), please pre-register at  Please also arrive an hour beforehand, to allow for the parliament’s extensive registration and security procedures.

We have Marc Morano, perhaps the most prominent campaigner against climate alarmism, and a co-author of the film, attending the event.  He will speak and take questions.

If you ever thought that 97% of scientists back Warmism, or that we’re about to cross a catastrophic tipping point, or that the human race will be reduced to a few thousand people scraping an existence at the South Pole, this film will reassure you.

Marc Morano:

Marc Morano, the award-winning host of Climate Hustle, is one of the highest profile voices of climate realism in the world today. He currently serves as executive editor and chief correspondent for CFACT’s award-winning, a news and information service he founded in 2009. He is a frequent guest on radio and television talk in the U.S. and internationally, including CNN, Fox News, the BBC, and Canada’s Sun TV, and has been profiled in the New York Times, Esquire magazine, Rolling Stone, and numerous others. From 1992 to 1996, Morano served as a reporter for the nationally syndicated “Rush Limbaugh, the Television Show.” He next served as an investigative reporter for Cybercast News Service and as a reporter and producer for the nationally syndicated television newsmagazine “American Investigator.” In 2000, his investigative television documentary “Amazon Rainforest: Clear-Cutting the Myths” created an international firestorm. During his tenure as senior advisor, speechwriter, and climate researcher for U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), he managed the communication operations of the GOP side of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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Today programme on Radio 4



Listen to my interview about 32 minutes in:

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Climate deal will accelerate Europe’s relative decline

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Post-Brexit good news report

There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful in our post-Brexit world. Here are just a few:

Britain leads G7 growth forecasts

The Telegraph business section reports that in an an embarrassing u-turn, the International Monetary Fund has said the UK will be the fastest growing major economy this year. It follows earlier predictions that a vote to leave the EU could plunge the country into recession and trigger a stock market crash.

It praised the actions of the Bank of England post-Brexit, for helping to “maintain confidence” in the economy. The IMF now expects the UK economy will grow by 1.8 per cent – that’s above its earlier forecast of 1.7 per cent (which it issued in July) and puts the UK on track to be the fastest growing G7 economy this year.

FTSE close to all-time high

As for the FTSE, well it is now close to an all-time hight. So much for the doom and gloom forecasts.

A report on the Proactive Investors site reveals the FTSE closed  at 7,074, up 91 points (1.3 per cent), having reached the heady heights of 7,122 at one point – above the record closing level of 7,104.

UK manufacturing figures up

Meanwhile the BBC  carries an encouraging story about the the rise in manufacturing levels since the vote. The value of the pound has jumped after a survey indicated the UK’s manufacturing sector rebounded sharply in August.

The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for the sector rose to 53.3 in August from July’s figure of 48.3. A figure above 50 indicates expansion.

The weakening of the pound following the Brexit vote boosted exports, the survey found. Another marked ‘month on month’ recovery to celebrate!

Consumer confidence up

And what of consumers? Well a piece in The Guardian.

The paper reports: “British consumers have recovered some of their swagger after a run of better than expected economic figures calmed nerves following the Brexit vote.

A leading poll of consumers found that a  panic in the aftermath of the EU referendum, causing the biggest fall in confidence for 21 years, was partially reversed in August.

Official figures showing strong high street sales in July and am increase in employment,  coupled with a soaring stock market, helped bolster the outlook for the coming year, according to the GfK consumer confidence index.”

Consumers are saying the outlook for the economy and their personal fiances had improved.

Employment figures up

More good news in the shape of employment figures with this report on The Independent site catching the eye.

The report says that the claimant count declined last month, suggesting the  labour market held up reasonably well in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The claimant count – which measures the numbers in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit – fell by 8,600 in July to 764,000 according to the Office for National Statistics. According to the report, financial analysts in the City of London had expected the count to increase by about 9,500.

Tourism up

 Tourism is up! The Daily Express reports that The Tourism Alliance   revealed an 18 per cent boost in overseas visitors since the Referendum and a 21 per cent boom in ‘staycationers’.  The poll of more than 500 tourism businesses in the UK also found 20 per cent were planning to increase their investment in rural areas and seaside towns after the vote. The Brexit bounce also showed British Airways reporting an 80 per cent increase in UK flight searches on its US website in the aftermath of the referendum.

Deficit down

Something has gone down…the deficit! Forbes reports the deficit has decreased despite the doom forecasters!

Tim Worstall reports: “Britain’s trade gap narrowed last month in further evidence of the economy defying initial gloomy Brexit forecasts. The trade deficit in goods and services fell from £5.6billion in June to £4.5billion in July, driven by a post-Brexit boost in exports.

“And figures published today also revealed that Britain’s construction industry recovered slightly in the month following the referendum result, with output up on the previous month. The brighter picture for UK trade was driven by a jump in exports, lifting £800 million to £43.8 billion.”

Mortgage rates down

Despite what the ‘Remainers’ say, What Mortgage no less reports that monthly gross remortgage lending hit its highest level for eight years in July after being boosted by the UK’s vote for Brexit.

Data shows re-mortgage lending was £7.1billion in July as homeowners rushed to lock in lower mortgage rates post-Brexit and the monthly figure for July is up by more than a quarter (27 per cent) from £5.6billion in June and is the largest amount since October 2008.

Meanwhile Reuters reports house prices are up, (‘Remainers’ sad they would fall. A pattern is emerging it seems.

Okay, the Pound is down.  But many commentators think that’s a blessing in disguise

This is Money says much the same – “…almost all the recovery periods in Britain’s modern economic history have followed a sterling devaluation…the greenback is benefiting from safe haven status, the decision of the other Western democracies to re-capitalise their banking systems (which places all the countries back on an even footing) and the collapse in commodity prices which shows up quickly in the US through a reduced trade deficit…” 


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