Monthly Archives: February 2014

‘Consensus’? What ‘consensus’?

This is the view of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a lobby group, onthe imagined “scientific consensus” that most of the global warming since 1950 was manmade: This, however, is what the published, peer-reviewed science actually shows: Over and over … Continue reading

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James Lovelock: not so daft after all

When James Lovelock published his famous “Gaia” theory in 1979, I thought he was nuts.  He talked about the links between all biological life in the biosphere, and he had a point.  But he seemed to be saying not simply that … Continue reading

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The Great EU Debate: Farage vs. Clegg

When I first heard that Nick Clegg had asked Nigel Farage for a debate on EU issues, I was (as they say) gob-smacked.  Turkeys voting for Christmas.  A Clegg death-wish.  A boy sent to do a man’s job. I’ve debated … Continue reading

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Horror on Romney Marshes

On the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway: The “Winston Churchill” locomotive I remember as a child my parents taking me for holidays on the South Coast, and a key attraction that’s always stuck in my mind was the Romney, Hythe … Continue reading

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Tidal Power?

Not at these prices! I occasionally get e-mails from UKIP members saying “OK, I know why we oppose wind and solar.  But we can’t afford to be against all renewables.  Why don’t we take a strong stand in favour of … Continue reading

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Floods and Foreign Aid

Britain spends nearly £12 billion a year on foreign aid.  By international standards, we are almost grotesquely generous.  We are the second largest aid donor in absolute terms (behind the USA), and the sixth largest in relative terms, at 0.56% … Continue reading

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Weather or Climate?

We need a sense of proportion The floods have achieved one thing: they’ve whipped up a frenzy about climate change.  Some flood victims (for whom we all have enormous sympathy) have been seen with banners calling for “climate action now”.  … Continue reading

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