Katabasis strips away the BBCs claim to ‘impartial news’ with surgical precision.
The background to this story is the ever bubbling slurry pit of ‘climate warming’, which has been a happy playground for Libertarian bloggers, commencing with the leaked e-mails from East Anglia University where they first laid bare the paucity of evidence for the international money making scam of Global Warming.
Katabasis has continued in this fine tradition with a smartly entered FOI request that has had astounding success.
In January, the BBCs Apologist-in-Chief for Global Warming, Roger Harrabim, announced to a startled public that the chaos of last winter’s snow and ice, which had caused so many deaths and apparently caught Local Authorities and the Government woefully unprepared, was not a freak of nature, nor a matter of negligence by the Met Office, but, by implication, a matter of cold hearted complacency by the heartless Tories, who had been told by the Met Office to expect just such bitter temperatures.
We, of course – and the local authorities responsible for our safety – had been told of an 80% probability of warmer than average temperatures for November, December, and January in Scotland and a 60-80% probability of the same for Northern Ireland, Wales, and most of England.
He said: “The truth is it [The Met Office] did suspect we were in for an exceptionally cold early winter, and told the Cabinet Office so in October. But we weren’t let in on the secret. The reason? The Met Office no longer publishes its seasonal forecasts because of the ridicule it suffered for predicting a barbecue summer in 2009 – the summer that campers floated around in their tents.”
Those pensioners found frozen solid in their front garden, the scenes of half starved refugees huddled against the cold at Heathrow airport, the two kilometre long lines of frozen travellers queuing round the block at St Pancreas Station, the double dip recession caused by the ‘extreme weather’ – all this was known back in October to be at risk of occurring by those heartless Tories?
Katabasis applied for copies of this secret report, and accompanying e-mails, that the Tories had kept from us.
The email correspondence is enlightening between the Met Office and the government:
Someone at the Cabinet Office wrote to the Met Office to tell them what the official position would be: “The Met Office seasonal outlook for the period November to January is showing no clear signals for the winter”. The Met Office writes back – “That is fine.”
So, as if the “secret” prediction wasn’t awful enough, any claim that the Met Office actually warned the government of an impending harsh winter, and by implication that the government therefore did not act responsibly is a 100% complete and utter lie.
Why would the ‘impartial’ BBC deliberately give us the impression that our discomfort was solely the result of the Lib-Dem coalition ignoring warnings to protect us? Is Roger Harrabim the ‘one bad apple’ in the ‘Clive Goodman’ tradition, or does the fish rot from the head, as the BBC are so fond of telling us regarding culpability for phone hacking that ‘must’ go all the way up to Andy Coulson?
The Libertarian blogosphere has been described as the ‘fifth estate’ holding the ‘fourth estate’ to account; on reading Katabasis’ excellent article, and links to other bloggers pursuing the same matter, I am wondering whether the ‘fourth estate’ is not turning irrevocably into the ‘fifth column’?
Your thoughts on the matter please?