Daily Archives: 22 July 2007

The Great Documentary Swindle

What’s the link between Queen Elizabeth II and sun spots? The production company RDF, according to Tony Juniper:

I was more than a little interested to learn that both ITV and the BBC have decided to suspend the commission of programmes from independent programme-maker RDF Television. I came across this outfit back in 1997, when I was invited to appear in a programme about “the history of the environment movement”.

In good faith I answered questions put to me by the programme maker, Martin Durkin

…I was staggered when Channel 4 commissioned and broadcast another programme from this very same anti-environmentalist film-maker earlier this year (by then working for Wag TV, but the programme was distributed via RDF).

It’s an interesting connection that casts new light on the aforementioned documentary. One wonders why, however, an unflattering edit of a film about an old lady can bring a TV channel on its knees, while a misleading documentary thoroughly discredited by the science continues to spread its poison around the world. I wonder how many reactionary old sods out there are baying for RDF’s blood at the moment for how they treated the queen while simultaneously praising them to the hilt for helping to spread the claim that anthropogenic climate change is a myth?

Incidentally, Durkin’s website is still suggesting that the heat of the Sun is responsible for why the winter is warmer than summer.

BNP plan to run away

Hilarious story in the Observer:

A few miles from the historic southern Croatian town of Knin lie 1,100 hectares of farmland and a couple of abandoned buildings. A tributary from the river Krka runs through the lush countryside nestled close to the sun-drenched Adriatic coast.

It is a tranquil place, one that would make an ideal spot for a campsite or a clutch of holiday homes. But instead the land is destined for a rather more bizarre sort of retreat. It is here that a small cabal, comprising senior members of the British National Party, plans to hole up once, as they expect, the world’s supply of oil runs out, triggering anarchy.

Croatia is welcome to them. Bye Nick!

Tories hit self destruct button. Again.

Excellent analysis of Cameron’s woes in the Sunday Telegraph today.

What I find endlessly fascinating is the Conservative Party’s almost limitless capacity for self-destruction. Even when Campbell was having trouble a couple of months ago, the limit of dissent was a couple of bloggers shooting their mouths off. By contrast, at least 2, possibly 6 MPs have written to the 1922 Committee expressing no confidence in him. The noises off in the media suggest there are a lot more who haven’t (yet) put pen to paper.

With Brown now in place, the big question is, can Cameron do substance as opposed to froth? The answer, it currently would appear, is a resounding no. But if he can’t, can anyone in the Tories do it without having the appeal of Roger Knapman? Is the next General Election going to turn into a retread of the last, with the Tories shoring up their core support in a bid for survival? That may be too much to hope for, but it is clear that the sunshine days are over.

UPDATE: Via Andrew Rawnsley, an excellent quote from Gordon Brown which perfectly sums up Cameron’s piss-poor handling of the Grammar school debacle:

‘It is not leadership to try to have a Clause Four moment and then sack the man who tried to do it for you.’