On Friday 27th September 2013, I had an opportunity to speak to BBC Radio Derby, in an interview on Climate Change. Before the show, the station phoned and asked if I’d be OK to go up against “an expert”. Naturally I agreed.
I can’t say I expected Al Gore, but it did sound as if they had some serious scientific input (which I would have felt quite confident to deal with). I was all prepared with sound-bites: “Pay 1000 scientists to find evidence of man-made climate change, and they probably will”; “Hiding the hiatus”; “Defending the failure of computer models”; “Spurious precision of their 95% confidence figure”.
It turned out that their “expert” was Lucy Care of the Derby Climate Change Alliance. I recognised the name, as Lucy Care also stood for the Lib Dems in the Derby North Constituency at the last General Election. I remember the campaign well, primarily because of the certainty with which Lucy seemed convinced she was going to win. She ended up being pushed comprehensively into third place.
After our interview had finished, it became apparent that her foresight on climate change was as ill considered as her electoral predictions in 2010.
One of the more astonishing quotes from Lucy came when she was quizzed on the science behind the flawed IPCC Report, which had been published earlier that day. She remarked “as individuals we don’t need to scrutinise that science, other people have done it for us, it’s very clear that they have come to conclusions and it’s a very authoratative report”.
In my recent blog post, outlining the cracks in the IPCC Report, I noted that a significant proportion of the IPCC “experts” were not scientists at all, but green campaigners and eco-activists.
So you’re right Lucy, other people have scrutinised the science for us, and published a report to suit their own preconceptions.
The job of responsible politicians and responsible political parties is to do exactly what Lucy Care discounted, to scrutinise the science for ourselves. Her opinion seems to echo the Lib Dem approach to our membership of the European Union, discounting the mounting evidence on why Britain would be Better Off Out, instead simply choosing to sing along with the Europhile chorus.
Not only are her predictions for the future wrong, but Lucy seems just as misguided about the current climate. “I dont think it matters how much you believe the science or not, we can see it happening around us” Lucy said. But the fact is that global temperatures have been flat for sixteen years.
Clearly Lucy can’t see whats happening around us, a problem shared by the majority of Lib Dems. Perhaps that’s the reason why the number of Lib Dem members has fallen below that of UKIP in recent months. As the membeship of three tired old parties continues to fall, UKIP numbers are growing week by week. Why? Because UKIP is a party who are not afraid to scrutinise the quetionable science of climate change. Who are not afraid to fight against our membership of the European Union. Who are not afraid to talk openly about the need to bring controlled immigration back to our shores. UKIP is a party of common sense.
Next year, I will be out campaigning in the towns and cities of the East Midlands, including Derby, for the European Elections. Our aim is to win those elections, and to put the Liberal Democrats back in their box.
Listen to the full interview below.