Meet the New Boss: Bye-Bye Beddington – Hello Sir Mark Walport

Posted: March 25, 2013 by tallbloke in government, Politics

Some seat shuffling is imminent as Sir John Beddington finishes his time as the Government’s chief scientific advisor. Not a moment too soon, this alarmist buffoon has had his day. Next up, Sir Mark Walport, fresh from the world of BIG MEDECINE. He is finishing a 10 year stint as director of the Wellcome Trust, where he controlled BIG BUDGETS for medical research. This BBC page has a short interview


  1. A C Osborn says:

    This guy is another died in the wool CAGW fanatic, unless he was just toeing the party line when he said in 2009 that, “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not only essential to help tackle climate change, it is also an important way to improve public health”.
    Also from the this
    “This is also the man who, in July 2011 was adding to his voice to the complaints that the BBC was giving “too much weight to fringe views on issues such as climate change”.”

  2. tallbloke says:

    Thanks ACO. Didn’t have time to research at work.

  3. tallbloke says:

    Dellers is on good form. Has his tail up wiinning the political category in the Bloggies I should think:

    Sir John Beddington, the government’s retiring Chief Scientist has been doing the media rounds today, telling anyone who’ll listen how “Climate Change” is still a serious problem about which we should all worry greatly.

    Has he looked out of the window recently?

    Looking out of my window just now, I noticed that the Northamptonshire landscape was completely blanketed in Dr David Viner. Just like it was yesterday. And the day before that, when we rescued two orphaned lambs from the frozen fields. Which isn’t something you normally expect in March, is it?

    I’m sure I know what Beddington would say in reply to this. “Weather is not climate.” No, indeed. But it’s an argument which would surely carry a lot more weight if Beddington and his alarmist brethren hadn’t spent most of the Nineties and Noughties citing the hot summers and mild winters as evidence of man-made global warming. Later, as we know, they amended their scare-phrase to the more inclusive “climate change”. Then, growing more desperate as global mean temperatures stubbornly refused to rise with the alacrity their dodgy computer models predicted they would, they even had a stab at popularising “global climate disruption” and “global weirding”. Had these caught on (which they didn’t, really) it would have been a brilliant coup because what it would have meant is that whenever the weather did anything weird anywhere in the world (which weather does, by the way, all the time) the alarmist movement would have scored another propaganda victory.

    Actually, though, if you’ll look at the facts – something that the Warmists appear increasingly loath to do – what you’ll realise is that our winters ARE getting colder. That there has been no statistically significant warming since January 1997. That the CAGW hypothesis is looking increasingly threadbare. And that, therefore, the billions if not trillions that Britain and the other Western industrialised economies have spent “combatting climate change” have very likely been utterly wasted.

    This is what I find so puzzling about Beddington’s media circus antics today. If I were in his shoes, if I’d been involved in promulgating a disgraceful scam whereby the global depression was prolonged and deepened, where thousands of people died in artificially induced fuel poverty, where some of the world’s most beautiful scenery had been ravaged with wind turbines and solar panels and I had then been found out by events, the very last thing I’d be doing was traipsing round the BBC studios crowing about my achievements. What I’d actually be doing is retiring to my study with a bottle of whisky and my trusty service pistol, there to do the only proper and decent thing a chap should do when he has brought shame on himself and caused untold suffering to millions.

  4. oldbrew says:

    TB: then there’s all the farmland sacrificed to biofuels, increasing the unit cost of worldwide food production. All in the name of reducing a gas that is essential to plant life and harmless to humans.

  5. tallbloke says:

    Oldbrew: The whole issue of farm subsidy will need to be addressed sooner or later. Who benefits from the subsidized crop? Why is the western world starving the third world with such vanities? Big questions. Someone knows the answers.

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