BBC Jumps on Guardian’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Bandwagon

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BBC Environment Correspondent Helen Briggs has an explainer article out today on the pros and cons of the campaign to get people to divest from oil and gas companies. The piece could easily have been part of the Guardian’s own fossil fuels divestment coverage launched this month.

The ‘scientific’ viewpoint on divestment is dealt with in one sentence:

Scientific studies show that existing fossil fuel reserves are several times greater than can be burned if the world’s governments are to fulfil their pledge to keep global warming below the limit of 2C regarded as the threshold of dangerous climate change.

Just read Helen’s conclusion and see if you can tell which side of the ‘lets screw over the third world by forcing them to keep cooking over wood stoves’ debate she stands on…

“One view is that the recent drop in oil prices presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for governments to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies and introduce a price on carbon. This generally goes against government thinking and concern over job losses in the oil and gas industry. With the divestment campaign gathering pace – and momentum building for the Paris climate talks in December – there is renewed hope among campaigners. But with environmental policies getting little attention in the UK election, and coal, oil and gas companies continuing to spend billions on exploration, NGOs are already upping their rhetoric in calling for renewed government efforts over climate change.”

Fair and balanced…

New IPSO Director Fits the Stereotype

Press regulator IPSO’s new Director of External Affairs is Niall Duffy, the latest appointment to join the team working under Sir Alan Moses. You might think impartiality would be part of the job description for an independent press regulator, but his Twitter account suggest otherwise:

Duffy doesn’t appear to be a fan of David Cameron either:

Nor the Tories in general:

In fact, he is pretty open about supporting Labour:

Only a humourless cynic would predict our new press-regulating overlords would be stuffed full of Murdoch-bashing lefties, right?

Suzanne Speaks on “So Embarrassing” Gaffe

Suzanne Evans’ Krishnan-Faisal gaffe has made it on to the Daily Politics:

“Can you put some name badges on?” UKIP’s deputy chairman asked Brillo and JoCo…

Suzanne Evans Confuses Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Faisal Islam

If you are a UKIP spokesman doing an interview about your party’s problems with racism, you probably should try not to confuse Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy with Sky News’ inimitable Faisal Islam.

Yet, spectacularly, that is what Suzanne Evans did last night:

Suzanne isn’t even the first ‘Kipper to mix up poor old Krishnan and Faisal. Godfrey Bloom made the exact same mistake back in 2013.

Guido always confuses Jon Snow and Adam Boulton…

UPDATE: In Vine form:

Biased BBC Election Website At It Again

Here’s the BBC election website at the opening of play this morning. It’s a Labour wet dream:

Labour’s lines and policies feature prominently and are completely unquestioned.

The only mention of the Tories links back to an ancient story about a Cameron speech given on 14 April.

As regular readers will be aware, we’ve been here before.

Was that really the only angle they could find?

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

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Find out why Game of Thrones was the cause of some unparliamentary language between the PM and one top Tory in today’s Sun on Sunday column, available to read for free, with no paywall, over on SunNation. Don’t miss out on:

LIBYA

  • Miliband says he now opposes Libya action, but he was in the room when the plans were drawn up

BLACKPOOL

  • Why did this MP claiming to be Blackpool fans’ champion visit their hated owners on Christmas day?

EMILY

  • Oxford-educated investment banker turned ‘Red Princess’ Emily Benn’s day at the races
  • Bad Al Campbell’s faked saintly anger
  • This week Lancashire Labour advertised for nine vacancies on zero hour contracts
  • At last! A celebrity endorsement for the LibDems
  • Is the pressure getting to Ed Davey?
  • Brooks Newmark’s successor as MP for Braintree in new paisley pyjama shock

Read today’s column for free, here

UK Renewable Expert: Climate Change “Undoubtedly” Factor in Migrant Deaths

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Business Green’s James Murray has solved the Med migrant crisis. Sorry Ed, it isn’t the PM who is to blame. No, apparently the capsising boats are a “climate crisis.”

I was reminded of this climate communications debate while watching the news last night with its latest heart-breaking reports from the Mediterranean on the countless hundreds, perhaps thousands, who have died in the past few weeks. For this is what climate crisis looks like… 

there are other macro-trends at play here that are driving thousands of people to risk their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean, of which climate change is undoubtedly one…

Without a rapid and successful global effort to tackle this existential threat the heart-breaking scenes of the past week and the sadness and rancour they unleash will only become more commonplace”

Of course! Forget looking for work or fleeing war-torn failed states, the migrants trying to cross the Med are escaping climate change. Are there no depths to which the scaremongers won’t stoop?

BBC Give Lifetime Achievement Award to Violence-Inciting Islamist Loon

The wild world of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards caused some trouble last night. Now morning has broken, Guido can reveal their new Lifetime Achievement winner isn’t a passenger on the peace train. The Beeb bestowed the honour on Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, who infamously said of Salman Rushdie:

“he must be killed. The Quran makes it clear: If someone defames the prophet, then he must die”

And here he is calling for Rushdie to be burned alive:

Yusuf later insisted he was only joking, don’t let me be misunderstood.

Plug Pulled on Labour Interview, Again!

After Jamie Reed’s death from smugness was saved by the live feed going down, today the plug was pulled on Chris Leslie…[…]

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Lutfur Rahman Roll Call of Shame

As Lutfur Rahman is found guilty of a string of election offences, here is a piece the Guardian published on him last year:

Apparently “there had been a concerted effort by the media and political establishment to smear Rahman”[…]

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Cameraman Taken Down By Labour Press Officer

At least the broadcasters were invited…

UPDATE: 

Informed the cameraman-slaying Labour press officer was an Anna Wright.[…]

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Jamie Reed Bottles Brillo Rematch

Jamie Reed was invited back onto the Daily Politics today to finish yesterday’s clusterf**k NHS interview:

He declined.

In fact, Labour refused to put anyone up to talk about the NHS on today’s programme.

Instead BBC reporter Iain Watson was […]

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