Appearing on Five Live – on climate change, the Calais crisis and the Labour leadership race


Stephen Nolan

I was recently interviewed on the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio Five Live.

You can hear the piece here (about 39 minutes in).

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58 Responses to Appearing on Five Live – on climate change, the Calais crisis and the Labour leadership race

  1. omanuel says:

    Thank you for being a spokesman for sane science on the BBC, a rare treat!

  2. catalanbrian says:

    What industries have been “driven” out of the EU by Climate change policies?

    • ian wragg says:

      Aluminium production, steel production, chemicals and many more. Some have gone to Poland because they refuse to implement the stupid climate change policies and still have cheap coal fired power stations.
      Go check out the ICI sites at Huddersfield and Cleveland. Now mostly wastelands.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        The response to that dumb cluck runs like this Ian:

        The UK is unlikely to find investors wanting to make simple plastic or textile items in the UK to compete with these prices, at a time of excess capacity in Asia. The UK’s skills lie in finding ways to retail and use the cheaper items. UK manufacturing is impeded by high energy prices, a common EU problem. Ceramics, aluminium, steel, glass, bricks, cement, tiles, petrochemicals and a wide range of other manufactured materials and products have very high energy costs. Even assembly activities these days may well incur energy costs several times the labour cost given the high degree of automation. UK manufacture usually needs to include strong branding, good design,and a high technical content, to be successful.The branding and marketing requirements in turn provide value added opportunities for the business service sector.

        The rest of it by John Redwood recently is here:

        Bountiful Wind Farms and crippled Nuclear projects create alarm…to those who recognise it and don’t take serial government BS for real. And who could trust any politician/leader of the EU involved in the Greek and Calais problems. Thats just a big taster of whats to come.

      • catalanbrian says:

        But the question is did those industries leave the UK because of high energy prices, or was it for some other reason, such as labour cost? And Expat Colin it is not a question of being a “dumb cluck” just because I ask the question, rather than blindly accepting what your anti EU, anti environment anti conservation and very narrow beliefs tell you. I would have thought that the dumb cluck would be the person who accepts everything he is told by a very small and selected group of like minded individuals, rather than by looking at the whole picture.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        Lets try it one time:
        Those in your view that are anti etc are entitled to be just that. Those that are here and elsewhere in UK (circa 4 Million) did not or don’t want to be in a stiff union that is now called the EU. Many voted for a trading arrangement only and that would free up cross border trading. That and only that. So all those who took this further into a union are now responsible for the failures we continually see. There is not much positive about the EU unless of course you are being fed money. Other peoples! Greece will not pay its debt…our children will and grandchildren. And the southern EU states are not far behind…and you know that, if you live there?

        The rest of it to date is about heavy and unnecessary expenditure that is clearly out of control. That is exacerbated by the debt of the states within the EU to which the EU fails to address. The UK has no solution other than borrow and will under present government dumb clucks slowly slip into something similar to an EU southern state. And for some of us living in UK that is a scary prospect. We are simply attempting to stop it along with a good number of MP’s and MEP’s.

        Nobody wants to convert you and you won’t convert us….so please go to a place where you can ask dumb questions that gives you an acceptable answer.

      • catweazle666 says:

        It’s a troll, and a particularly egregious one at that.

        As you progressively destroy its arguments, it will become progressively more and more insulting.

        Best not to feed it.

    • Brin Jenkins says:

      It seems you are still asleep Brian. Keep taking the Soma and be content, at least you will have your last choice of music for 30 mins..

    • Roger Helmer MEP says:

      Ian Wragg is right. Steel, aluminium, chemicals, petroleum refining, glass, cement, coal — how many would you like? Even BMW: see

  3. davidbuckingham says:

    Thank you Roger for some strong sound argument – very exciting to hear the true big picture so articulately expressed – and given airtime on BBC Radio. You also seemed to make a lot of headway with the supposed scientific expert who was very ready to back down and agree with you when slightly pressed. Your incisiveness cruelly amplified the third participant’s empty waffle and cliche – an embarrassing demonstration of what can so often pass for political discussion in the UK.

    • catalanbrian says:

      Repetition of the some old thing does not necessarily make it right, regardless as to how many times you say it.

      • Brin Jenkins says:

        We agree Brian. 40’000 repetitions do not equal one truth (A Huxley I think in his prophetical Brave New World).

        Now can you show us the proof, the detailed mechanism, explain how it works, without repeating the warming mantra. How exactly is the warming due to CO2. Is it refraction, or absorption? Why is the Sun’s energy radiation inwards seemingly greater, than what is radiated outwards?

        Why is it that more plant growth feeding on extra CO2, is not a stablilising negative feed back by locking in carbon? (I feel this is supported by the ice core samples with increased CO2 lagging heating by 80 years)

        Why have National Geographical shrunk the Antarctic Ice in their latest maps? Its still not navigable by ships because the ice is still frozen over.

        These questions need to be explained to doubters, otherwise our agreement to your cause is meaningless. We would still be unable to explain why we had changed our position on CO2.

  4. B Hough says:

    Each of us is entitled to our opinion, i look at the whole picture like this:-
    We were initially told that climate change was a fact though not an act of nature as it has been for thousands of years but our fault.
    Hi Ho a ready market for wind turbines, a gauranteed income for years to come!
    Never mind the facts that I was taught at school about precipitation and how the turbulence on hillsides caused clouds to drop rain.
    They put windfarms at sea to affect the weather and on hillsides to do the same, if this affects local weather conditions then they make us buy more turbines, clever!
    When flooding occurs no mention of these effects or the lack of dredging the rivers in question.
    Never once putting the blame on the destruction of the rain forests which again I was taught were so important to our climate, but of course then again, this in the cause of profit.
    Within the EU we are commited to climate change controls, again involving profits, ie solar panels etc.
    Why is the blame not put were it belongs as Prince Charles did a few years ago but was obviously gagged!

    • ian wragg says:

      Of course you are correct. Paris and Berlin lobbied the EU very hard to get the UK to burn gas for generation in the 1980’s as the Middle East market for gas Turbines and the worldwide markets for nuclear was tailing off.
      The beneficiaries of this was Alsthom and Siemens who sold us shed loads of gas turbines.
      Germany lobbies hard on environmental/waste directives so they can sell EfW plants.
      Now we have them lobbying for wind and solar so as to make a killing.
      The EU is a Franco/German stitch up and run entirely for their benefit.

  5. catalanbrian says:

    I see that the weasel’s new word is “troll”, so it uses that word at every opportunity, just like a new toy. I am far from being a troll. I just am someone who questions things, who prefers to check things out across the broad spectrum, rather than sitting in my own echo chamber of identical thinkers. He who does that is probably the real troll.

  6. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Here’s how you drive investors out of the EU and likely those of your own country. Renewable energy subsidies….SPAIN. Its a constant string of major problems with these EU imbeciles.

  7. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Don’t goto a hotel in Uk right now…surprise, surprise.

    More bills to the EU …I hope?

  8. Brin Jenkins says:

    These people are not asylum seekers or even immigrants. They are settlers intended to displace us from our own land.

    • catalanbrian says:

      For God’s sake! Just read what you wrote again, so that you can realise what a ludicrous remark that is.

      • Brin Jenkins says:

        No, please point out my inaccuracy, this method is actually described in the Old Testament as the way of removing a people from land, acquiring it for the Jewish People. Have you never read it for yourself?

        While we are on with errors and ommissions you have never explained how man made climate change works with Carbon Dioxide, please write this up as well.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        Gods arrived Brin ?

  9. Ex-expat Colin says:

    A friend’s son just got his A level results and wanted to take a gap year.
    He asked for a tour to experience different cultures, Eastern and central European then African and the Middle Eastern regions etc.
    So his dad booked a £7.00 ticket on a National Express bus to London, day return.

    • catalanbrian says:

      That’s what makes London such a good city to live in – the number of different cultures all bringing their own values and traditions.

      • Brin Jenkins says:

        Why have you chosen to live elsewhere Brian?

        Why it OK for others to live with enforced multi-cultural enrichment, but not yourself. Why do you never explain your views when asked, I can explain and justify why I think and feel the way I do, others may disagree and do otherwise but condemnation without an explanation is weak. I might even say typical of an unthinking Bolshevik.

        Incidentally I have lived in a Spanish Flat with local people, I loved it, but was choosing my own environment and not sponging of their State or system. I go there for the Rioja and Flamenco.

      • catalanbrian says:

        Prior to living here I lived in London, and had done so for many years. The reason for living here in Catalunya is very simple. Economics. When I was made redundant at the age of 55 I decided that I could either stay in London and spend my little savings on living in London or I could move permanently to my farm here in Catalunya I chose the latter and I now live very well on a small pension which would not be enough to live on in London. I hasten to add that we also enjoy here a great multicultural experience with representatives from all over the world living here and enjoying life together. I would also like to make it clear that I am not “sponging” off any State, either, and never have done.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        Really? I am a property owner in London, perhaps you would like to elaborate on the number of different values and traditions. Leave Chinese/Indian etc takeaways out of it.

      • catalanbrian says:

        Please explain your question, or rather what you are trying to say.

    • Brin Jenkins says:

      Colin God’s omnipotent. I see God as Energy that existed before the Universe.

  10. Ex-expat Colin says:

    The BBC last night had to show us more of their underwater camera results in the Atlantic…BBC Earth on the run up to the Caribbean getting wacked…as it does. Only by naming the Sun as a timed major agitating device and rattling on about it, they forgot to mention climate change. Or did they forget? Gets a bit tricky about there.

    We were told the corals could die if the Sun got too hot by about 1 deg C. In fact the Atlantic was getting too warm because of the Sun. Didn’t mention depth or what measures it all. Seemed to be a bit of finger in the air/water. Being a self appointed authority, I suppose most would not question it.

    Its unusual for them because the dreaded threat always needs insertion. I think many people went away from that rather confused. But they got to see plenty of dolphins…too often really.

  11. Ex-expat Colin says:

    Is this slightly in excess of Bank or PO raiding:

    And the illegal immigrants are what exactly?

    • catalanbrian says:

      And what has that got to do with illegal immigrants?

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        I posed a question…did you notice?

      • catalanbrian says:

        So did I…did you notice?

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        I did indeed. However, like you I won’t respond with another question. Your behaviour it is, and has been identified before.

        The subject is very important and I note that the TV/Radio rolling/repeating news services have not reported on it.

      • catalanbrian says:

        The point is that you threw this in in the middle of some comments on two topics, illegal immigrants and climate change, so it is reasonable to assume that the point you were trying (and failing) to make was related to illegal immigrants. I cannot see how it is, especially as those charged are David Payne, 42; Jennifer Arthy, 41; John Smale, 58; Christopher Owen, 29, all of Rochester; Harry Shilling, 22, of Swanley; Michael Defraine, 29, of Bexleyheath; and Richard Rye, 24, of Swanley, all British subjects (and presumably by their names white British. So why the question posed by you “And the illegal immigrants are what exactly?” Very confusing, but there again perhaps that may be because you are a bit confused.

  12. Brin Jenkins says:

    Perhaps Brian they are related, our not so benign Government bombs the Hell out of Countries illegal and immorally, and then virtually invites them to settle here as refugees escaping a foul regime? What the situation is regarding the weapons I don’t know, I suppose it may come out at the trial. One headline I saw had suggested it was connected to the swarm coming across the Channel from Calais.

    Without the settlers there would be much less crime, and far more jobs for our own. I can see a growing need for guns as our State has given up on investigating many crime unless its related to gun of racist.

    • Brin Jenkins says:

      My last post was sent before I had finished it. The final bit is wrong and should read “guns or race related.” Guns were not considered illegal until after WW2, We don’t need them if we are protected by our State, unfortunately now we are not.

    • Ex-expat Colin says:

      They are not quite settlers, sounds too nice. They are in invaders in the first instance. They are being given travel papers to travel the Schengen regions unhindered and uninvited. Whats among them the dimwits in the southern EU states don’t know. However, the weaponry is waiting in the Northern countries as we can see. The Brit names are likely the fools related to expat Spain that are left to be apprehended at the high risk delivery point. Certainly Swanley/Bexleyheath and a bit wider has a few of them.

      They’ll have the usual problems that the settled face here in UK due largely to their belief system. While the indigenous continue to enjoy whats left of civilisation they will not be allowed to by their own..

      Not confused, very clear.

  13. catalanbrian says:

    Undoubtedly the headline you saw was in the likes of the Daily Mail or Express and we all know just how much they can be trusted to distort the truth to suit their racist agenda.

    I am horrified by your suggestion that there may be “a growing need for guns”. That is a lunatic suggestion that I am sure that Mr Helmer would not approve of. Perhaps he could let us have his views on this. And by the way insects “swarm”; humans do not. And your use of the term settlers is inaccurate and offensive.

    • catweazle666 says:

      catalanbrian: ” And by the way insects “swarm” humans do not. And your use of the term settlers is inaccurate and offensive.”

      With respect to the events in the Calais “Jungle”, I think perhaps the word “plague” would be both more accurate and more appropriate.

    • Roger Helmer MEP says:

      Cambridge dictionaries online explicitly defines a swarm as “a swarm of people” (in addition to its use for insects). Humans do swarm (as in Calais). We need democratic solutions to the problems of mass (and illegal) immigration — otherwise social unrest may well be a consequence.

  14. Brin Jenkins says:

    Tough. I don’t care who disagrees, its my own view and I talk for no one else.

    • catalanbrian says:

      Your own poisonous and disgusting view.

    • catweazle666 says:

      Brian, I seem to recollect you recently castigated me for abusive commenting.

      So let’s look at your last few posts, shall we?

      August 15, 2015 at 3:57 pm
      What a ridiculous viewpoint!

      August 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm
      Your writing is that of a madman. Everything that you write is offensive and that is its only value.

      August 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm
      I am sorry but you are really not worth bothering about. Your foul viewpoint is just not acceptable to us normal humans

      August 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm
      Your own poisonous and disgusting view.

      Oh dear!

      • ian wragg says:

        I don’t know why you keep feeding the troll. We are being invaded and displaced with the blessing of the government.
        Most people are getting a little pissed off and it won’t end well.
        Cameron is a shyster of the first order as he sees nothing wrong with being invaded by alien cultures.

      • catalanbrian says:

        I don’t dispute any of those statements, which were made in response to racist and abusive postings by a number of people on here. Indeed one might ask whether they really can be considered as people if they think like that.. This is my last posting on this matter.

      • catweazle666 says:

        “Indeed one might ask whether they really can be considered as people if they think like that.”


        There you go again!

        Self-awareness isn’t your strong suit, is it?

    • Ex-expat Colin says:

      You appear to be rather emotive, You seem to be hand wringing extensively over a few words, either that or your’e a true p*ss taker. Semantics about the word “swarm”…who cares? As has been said, it is likely a plague because you have no idea what diseases are heading our way. Apart from that the invaders are likely not resistant to the diseases in Europe…you fool!

      You are also very abusive in use of the language in response to comment. Not that you add much to subject. Where you going after shoving out the “mad” word. Poisonous, lunatic, foul and disgusting have been worn out. You’ve got “septic” and a quick flick round the dictionary could fling up some more?

      If you are around 60 or so I don’t think you’ve learnt much at all. There…I said it without an insult. Try it.

    • Ex-expat Colin says:

      Not sure he is a Troll Ian…not clever enough? A bit elderly I’d say.

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        oh dear…self offensive there!

      • catweazle666 says:

        Are you sure you don’t mean “a bit special“, Colin?

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        My mother had some choice words…London, that goes this way, to which the BBC stopped them singing Gertcha cah son (cow son):

        It’ll be back with the usual abuse and nothing to add.

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