I’m off on holiday tomorrow. Just somewhere local, but it will be nice to get away and relax for a week. Some walking, some cycling, some relaxing and doing nothing, maybe a bit of eating good food and drinking nice wine; just what you need after a busy year. I don’t plan to do much blogging but I can’t help highlighting a recent article that reports on an interview with Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee for Climate Change.
Their influence is less and less I am happy to say. The facts of science, life and measured views of people like Pope Francis are undermining them. They have become just rude instead of arguing and they are so touchy.
To be fair, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Matt Ridley being actually rude, but he does seem to make a habit of making fairly basic mistakes and then complaining when criticised. For someone with a background in science, he also seems to rather ignore some of the basics of the scientific method.
So, I’m obviously quite pleased to see someone with actual influence criticising these rather typical tactics: make stuff up, get criticised, whine if the tone isn’t absolutely perfect while completely ignoring the substance of the criticism. I note that Andrew Montford has also commented on the article, complaining that they’re smearing Matt Ridley because he doesn’t actually own a coal mine, he only owns land on which there is a coal mine; okay, that makes all the difference! The good thing about Andrew Montford’s article, though, is that it nicely illustrates the point that Lord Deben is making.