— BBC This Week (@bbcthisweek) June 11, 2015
Well Labour fanboy Richard Biggs, creator of the @cooledmiliband Twitter account, certainly made the most of his one and only time on the telly:
That’s one way of generating headlines…
Well, at least your morning isn’t going as badly as that of BBC journalist Ahmen Khawja, who tweeted then deleted this:
Alas the statement never came.
First Ahmen claimed false alarm, then foul play:
Ah, the old “my phone was left unattended” banter. Proof, were it ever needed, that you can’t trust the BBC.
UPDATE: A different explanation is offered by the BBC Press Office:
To Paris this December for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. In light of that, the BBC are pulling out all the stops in telling us do as the scientists say. Environment Correspondent Helen Briggs has treated readers to an account of how the signing of the Montreal Protocol saved the world by stopping the Ozone hole from expanding.
As luck would have it, one of the scientists who discovered the Ozone hole, believes that there are strong parallels between Montreal and the upcoming Conference in Paris.
”The protocol provides a lesson for the future and we must hope that the coming climate change talks show the same foresight and result in a treaty that will benefit the whole planet”
What better way to soften the ground for Paris then by telling people they would be dying from cancer if they hadn’t listened to the scientists last time…
The BBC’s Science & Environment portal has been directing today’s visitors to a three year old article on a report claiming that farming needs a “climate-smart” revolution. The 2012 article, written by former BBC Environment correspondent Richard Black, gravely told readers that climate change was “forecast to reduce crop yields overall” and only by slashing greenhouse emissions could this catastrophe be stopped.
Three years later the UN is reporting that the world has an over-abundance of wheat supply and year-on-year record crop levels. Perhaps that article is due an update?
The Thick of It’s Steve Hilton was asked by Newsnight about his former No. 10 adviser alter-ego Stewart Pearson:
He thinks it’s funny. Really, really funny…
Climate Week Paris is upon us and the BBC are going into overdrive. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin is leading the charge…
In an article today, Harrabin slavishly turns a comment by Unilever Chief executive Paul Polman into a slobbering 700 word quasi-editorial, unquestioningly repeating Polman’s assertion that Unilever has faced business costs that were €300m-to-€400 million higher than normal due to extreme weather.
Then, in an effort to remain fair and balanced, Harrabin informed readers that other business people don’t share Polman’s views with a classic oil-barons-own-politics smear.
“But for every CEO who makes promises in Paris this week, others will warn against a rush away from CO2. America’s fossil fuel giants, the Koch Brothers, are spending $900 million on political advertising to make their case.”
In fact the Koch’s aren’t spending $900 million on anything – they are part of a group of 300 donors who plan to spend that amount on next years presidential race.. as do the other side.
Here is what the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport thinks about the telly tax:
“I’m not saying I wouldn’t pay the licence fee – I would go on paying the licence fee. It is a poll tax. It’s actually worse than a poll tax because under the poll tax, if you were on a very low income you would get a considerable subsidy. The BBC licence fee, there is no means-tested element whatsoever; it doesn’t matter how poor you are, you pay £145.50 and go to prison if you don’t pay it.”
He continued last year:
“I think most people, almost everybody, accepts that the licence fee as it currently stands need some tweaking to sort out anomalies. People’s viewing habits have changed and it needs to reflect that. That’s a very simple change and I think people see that. You then have the question of whether or not it should remain a flat poll tax, collected through some fairly draconian measures, and whether it should still be criminally enforceable. Government has already announced consultation on decriminalisation. I’ve been looking at other countries and I think there’s quite an attractive option of linking it to a specific household tax – maybe council tax. I think in the longer term we are potentially looking at reducing at least a proportion of the licence fee that is compulsory and offering choice.”
The luvvies will luuuurve that.
Here’s the interview of the day. It was not pretty:
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