In case people don’t know, Andrew Montford runs a blog (largely inactive now) called Bishop Hill and is currently the Deputy Director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). I’ve written about him and the GWPF on a number of occasions. In fact, one of my most read posts is about a previous occasion when the BBC invited him onto a show to provide some kind of balance.
The problem is that he has virtually no relevant expertise and simply spouts what many would call denialist talking points. There are many cases where it would be appropriate to provide some kind of balance. However, if the only way to do so is to invite someone who clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about, and who has authored a report suggesting that school children are being brainwashed, then that’s the kind of balance that – in my view – should be avoided. The BBC doesn’t have to provide a platform just because someone has a view; that’s what blogs are for.