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Booker on the BBC’s Early Spring Lie

April 29, 2018

Booker has his regular blackthorn winter report this week, but has a dig at that woefully misleading BBC programme, Costing the Earth:



After we outsourced our weather to the Sahara for those few days of unusual warmth, vivid splashes of white along our Somerset hedgerows last week coincided with that familiar chill known to countryfolk as the “blackthorn winter”. Along with this year’s wonderful shows of primroses and dog violets, these signs of spring have all come at what, from many decades of observation, I think of as their “normal” time, with blackthorn usually flowering in the last 10 days of April.

This might come as a surprise to anyone who heard a recent edition of that drearily climate-change obsessed programme Costing The Earth on BBC Radio 4, which assured us that springs are now coming an average of “26 days” earlier than they did 10 years ago. Its young presenter told us that she had certainly noticed this herself, and babbled on about the (non- existent) increase in “extreme weather events”, and how this had led to the increasing rarity of certain butterflies, such as the pearl-bordered fritillary, which I have seen in tragic decline over 50 years, for reasons that have nothing to do with global warming.

Certainly there have been dramatic fluctuations, as in one year when “may blossom” on hawthorns, normally out in late May, appeared in mid-April. But fortunately Paul Homewood, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, has been able to produce proper scientific evidence to tell us what has really been happening to our springs. His graphs, based on the Central England Temperature record, show that, since around 1990, despite those fluctuations, spring temperatures have averaged out to show no rising or falling trend at all.

This claim that springs are now arriving a month early is just what Costing the Earth always is: the BBC’s usual climate change hogwash.

  1. Charles Wardrop, permalink
    April 29, 2018 9:50 pm

    According to its Charter obligations, the BBC should not have any (independent) agenda but, since I believe, it advertises for staff solely or mainly in left-liberal, i.e., left wing, media, its agenda is “rich” in corresponding opinions. Since its governing bodies evidently do not discipline such bias, government intervention of some kind would be logical. The licence fee is likely the Corporation’s Achilles Heel.

    • Old Englander permalink
      April 30, 2018 8:50 am

      The BBC’s “governing bodies” aren’t interested in disciplining violations of the Charter because they are packed with the same kind of groupthink themselves. Their view just IS perfectly balanced already, can’t you understand? The only thing to be done is abolish the licence fee and privatise them. But WITHOUT being allowed to keep the British in the BBC brand, which is way too valuable. No, they don’t represent the country any more.

    • Chris Lynch permalink
      April 30, 2018 11:39 pm

      Spot on Charles – I think the expression de jour is “echo chamber”.

  2. April 29, 2018 9:56 pm

    The BBC were “at it” on BBC R4 Gardener’s Question Time today

    Other people “at it” noticed today 4 x 49.99MW batteries applied for in Wiltshire

    Nearly 200 across the land if all councils have the same level of applications…. looks a bit crook from here

    • April 29, 2018 9:59 pm

      oops … forgot to ask – what’s so special about 49.99?

      • April 29, 2018 10:29 pm

        I notice the url returned is dynamic – doesn’t persist

        A Wiltshire search with 49.99 entered as a keyword finds them…. there’s some 10MW ones as well…. has the subsidy regime changed? – it all looks pretty fishy.

      • April 30, 2018 5:52 am

        Anything 50MW and above is a national infrastructure development which is not determined by the local planning authority but by the Government following advice from the National Infrastructure Commission. It is the Government’s way of forcing through unwanted development against the wishes of local people and against the policies of a Local Plan.

      • April 30, 2018 6:02 am

        I should have added that it is quicker and usually easier to get a 49.9MW facility approved by a local authority because local authority planners and councillors are generally totally ignorant of anything technological and are easily duped into thinking how good and green such facilities are in that they help the development of “low carbon and renewable energy facilities” (which is far from the truth). The use of sweeteners (brown envelopes anyone?) also helps.

      • April 30, 2018 11:54 am

        Philiip – thank you for that info – so it looks like staying .01MW under the threshold is a pressure tactic on the local authority.

        It is I think worth noting that in addition … <a href=";Swindon council are themselves progressing at a “50MW” battery scheme – with Councillors on the board of the operating company….

        It’s not difficult to construe it as a form of peculation.

    • April 30, 2018 11:57 am


      Swindon Municipal Battery Company Link

    • April 30, 2018 3:09 pm

      49.999MW for how long. Surely these things should be quantified in MWh?

      • April 30, 2018 6:42 pm

        Dave: You think there is any logic in Government policy?

      • April 30, 2018 8:31 pm

        @davepnunn correct … but “they” simply abuse language on a routine basis it’s either deliberate or stupid – neither reflects well on the spouters (or the reporters of same…)

        That said – even most dullards would pull a face if one described a car’s range as 50 miles per gallon. Windmills have the power of 1000 homes and batteries charge by magic.

  3. April 30, 2018 4:41 am

    Reblogged this on Wolsten.

  4. Bitter@twisted permalink
    April 30, 2018 7:12 am

    The Biased Bull$hit Cartel are taking their time with my complaint on precisely this subject, citing “volume of work”.
    Everyone on this blog should send in a complaint, based on Paul’s data.
    Keep the bu99ers busy!

  5. April 30, 2018 11:17 am

    In 2015 while in England for the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, I spent an afternoon in Kew Gardens. I AM a botanist. I did the Xstrata Treetop Walkway–a boring walk through 2 species. However, there were little brass plaques along the fence to inform. One was a brass tree branch with buds and stated: “Buds are bursting weeks earlier because of global warming.”

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 30, 2018 12:45 pm

      They certainly are not weeks earlier this year which makes the whole story a complete lie.

      • Up2snuff permalink
        April 30, 2018 3:33 pm

        The buds appeared many weeks early in London for two or three years in the late-1990s, then winter reverted to more ‘normal’ conditions in subsequent years.

      • May 1, 2018 11:46 am

        When I saw that ridiculous plaque, I wanted to hurl myself off the walkway. These were put at the perfect height to be read by gullible kids. And, if you are going to do a treetop walkway, at least have more species than horse chestnut and maple.

        We have had a back-and-forth spring here: warm and then cold, and ….. Things have been coming out and budding erratically. Now, we seem to have settled into the warm cycle. It is a bit different from the “usual” spring, but nothing that has not happened before. If plants were that delicate, we would not have any given the sometimes rapid fluctuation in climates of the past.

  6. Stonyground permalink
    April 30, 2018 11:26 am

    One of the related links on this post leads to a scathing critique of the BBC’s coverage of the climate issue dating from 2016. This was submitted as a complaint to the BBC and signed by several sceptical scientists. I have not been aware of there being any consequences for the BBC resulting from this. Am I to believe that they were simply able to brush this comprehensive list of complaints off in the same manner that they have always done?

  7. April 30, 2018 7:57 pm

    Once more we’ve had the usual BS from the BBC today about Thwaite’s glacier melting. We’re all going to drown by next week (or, as they sheepishly added, ‘in the next few centuries’) – according to those infallible computer models. So 100 scientists get lots of (our) money to study the glacier for years and years.

  8. Jack Broughton permalink
    May 1, 2018 8:09 am

    I’ve just switched off radio 4 (Today) after two unchallenged claims of climate change damage, both via John Humphreys: my radio is now quite battered.
    The first article was about plants imported from Europe carrying damaging bugs and genes: all very good and sensible until the lady claimed that climate change was involved for some unknown reason, completely without challenge!
    The second was about the great barrier reef, again all sensible until the “scientist” claimed that the cause was climate change. So far as I am aware there is no proven evidence of any climate change in that region, so how can it cause damage?

    Continuing repetition of the Big Lie is a powerful weapon in controlling public opinion.

  9. swan101 permalink
    May 2, 2018 12:58 pm

    Reblogged this on UPPER SONACHAN WIND FARM.

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