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Booker & The School Kids Strike

March 24, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Short and to the point!


Christopher Booker


Whatever we may think in general about the BBC’s absurdly skewed coverage of all matters relating to energy and climate change, there has been something peculiarly distasteful about its relentless promotion of the “school strikes” and the “children’s crusade” against global warming.

From endless sound-bite interviews, it was clear that the children knew virtually nothing about either the science or politics of climate change. Their faces may be contorted with self-righteous anger, but their heads are merely stuffed with a few little “the end of the world is nigh” slogans, presumably fed to them by the same teachers who urged them to go on these marches where youngsters chanted obscenities against Theresa May, and the Communist hammer-and-sickle flag fluttered above the crowd.

School students protest climate change   

Their faces may be contorted with self-righteous anger, but their heads are merely stuffed with a few little “the end of the world is nigh” slogans Credit:  Guy Smallman/Getty

Oddest of all has been their central battle cry that it is time for our politicians to wake up to the reality of the global “climate emergency” and to “start taking action”. They seem oblivious to the fact that, under the Climate Change Act, our Government boasts it is “leading the world” in eliminating reliance on fossil fuels, and that subsidies for the intermittent “renewable energy” sources intended to replace them will be equivalent over the next five years to £2,500 for every household in the land.

By the time most of these children have grown up – as cooking or heating with gas, or buying anything but electric cars, dependent on those same intermittent “renewables”, are being phased out – they can expect major power blackouts to be a regular feature of their daily lives.

The main reason, lost in their bubble of babyish groupthink, that they and their teachers are not aware of any of this is that it has never been explained to them by the BBC.

  1. Curious George permalink
    March 24, 2019 6:16 pm

    We are witnessing a birth of Climate Janissaries.

  2. Charles Wardrop permalink
    March 24, 2019 6:29 pm

    BBC has now reversed its character since WW2 years, into a disgrace.
    It should be broken up, but political parties rely on it to pedal propaganda, so nothing will happen to it.
    Very sad.

    • jack broughton permalink
      March 24, 2019 9:27 pm

      ITV is identical (or possibly worse), it is clear that Big Brother is controlling both as well as most published outlets: but who is Big Brother and why?

      • A C Osborn permalink
        March 25, 2019 12:17 pm

        Globalists, One world order, UN Agenda 21, 2030 and Sustainability.

  3. HotScot permalink
    March 24, 2019 6:44 pm

    Stupid children. They thrash and wail to increase the cost of living, then complain when they can’t afford a mortgage.

    Welcome to the real world, brats!

    However, there is one thing we must remember about these protests. There an awful lot more children not taking part in them than those that are.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      March 24, 2019 8:10 pm

      The same in South Australia where the ABC (BBC-lite) was happy to highlight the (possibly) 800 school students on strike, but didn’t mention the 140,000 who didn’t take part.
      You would think in the home of the State-wide blackout that reality might intrude.

  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 24, 2019 8:12 pm

    Isn’t it strange that the (left) ptb think that mature individuals, qualified to vote, did not understand what was involved in voting either Leave or Remain in the 2016 Ref yet, they think the ‘kids’ are capable of determining the incredibly complex nature of climate change (aka: MM Global Warming).
    I doubt many schoolchildren could identify anyone on the front bench of either political party let alone the scientists involved in CC – or their hypotheses.

  5. johnbillscott permalink
    March 24, 2019 8:38 pm

    What the UK needs is a good power outage to cause the people to think about continuity of power supplies. A few days without heat, TV, Smart phone, EV’s sitting in the drive way, no petrol supply because no electricity – no pumps so not car once you run out, no refrigerator, freezer off and contents spoiled, stores closed -no lights and no cash registers, no credit no debit – better have some cash in small bills, no traffic lights, to name a few. Few things do not depend on electricity and even the green blobies do not know the impact of loss of power. Renewables are all intermittent and a robust national grid is essential and the existing grid simply not be able power all EV’s electric heat – if gas is banned. Think of Dickens era because that is what to expect, but, we have no coal fires, candle makers, horse transport and etc.

    Public outrage will occur and the silly politicos will not have any answers for why they thought a de-carbonised life was such a good idea.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      March 27, 2019 4:16 pm

      For an example of a ‘powerless’ society, they need only look to South Africa over the last month. The only reason we have no ‘load shedding’ (better known in other lands as ‘rolling blackouts’) at the moment is that the power utility imported a few shiploads of diesel in order to keep the open cycle gas turbine generators running. After all, there’s an election in a month’s time!
      Now, just imagine that any organisation that needs to do business during the normal working day NEEDS to have their own generator. Add to that that after a few ‘sheddings’, the batteries in the cell towers run flat – so no communication while in the dark. Add then the dark traffic lights, with resultant traffic jams, and you have a scenario approaching national business failure.

  6. March 24, 2019 9:58 pm

    Each generation attempts to brainwash the next; but fortunately is not often successful.

  7. matthew dalby permalink
    March 24, 2019 10:55 pm

    If teachers have tried to brainwash kids into believing we’re facing a climate emergency then they have done a pretty crap job based on how many kids took part in the strike. The BBC said it was thousands, which makes me pretty sure it was less than 10,000, otherwise the BBC would have said at least 10,000 kids took part. I reckon there are between 4.5 and 5 million teenagers in Britain, therefore 1% would be at least 45,000, so less than 10,000 is 0.2% of teenagers bunking off school when given the chance. This should be compared with the number of people on the Brexit march yesterday. Whether or not you agree with them these were people who feel strongly enough about an issue to give up their free time and often spend a lot of money getting to London for the day. The BBC reported a figure of 1 million people attending. Even if this is way too high, the actual numbers must have been close to 750,000, which is at least 1% of the population who gave up their free time to protest about something they care about. This shows just what the 0.2% of kids who bunked school are, a pathetically small and irrelevant minority.

  8. Will Davis permalink
    March 24, 2019 11:24 pm

    The BBC promoting scientific rubbish, teachers endorsing these ridiculous claims, it is hardly surprising that these children are misinformed. Some lessons tracking the global satilite temperatures, available on a monthly basis, which show very little or no corrilation between temperatures and CO2 since 1998 could help them understand the complexities of the world climate. Unfortunately their teachers do not appear to check the climate change data but instead are happy to reiterate climate idiology promoted by the BBC. The Mongolia report on the news tonight was another bout of GW propaganda. Smog has nothing to do with CO2 induced climate change, except on the BBC.
    BBC directors have allowed this once reveared corporation to fall into the swamp of the lowest of the low media broadcasters. Shame on them!

  9. Malcolm Bell permalink
    March 25, 2019 7:47 am

    Has anyone been prosecuted for allowing these children to be outbof school? Parents, headteachers or staff?

    We should be enquiring more into what our children are being taught. The educational establishment seems to be promoting a new religion of of anti-industry anti-capitalism in all its forms. No wonder we are short of Engineers.

  10. Ian Wilson permalink
    March 25, 2019 8:22 am

    Apropos Malcolm Bell’s comment, Claire Perry together with the Bishop of Truro and other members of the General Synod might usefully be prosecuted for inciting truancy

  11. Gerry, England permalink
    March 25, 2019 1:55 pm

    The saddest thing is that Richard North commented that this column was the great man’s penultimate one. Have the ultra brexit morons at the Telegraph finally forced him out having given his column space to prize tosser Hannan and relegated him to the supplement. They even censured his column one week by not putting it online.

  12. Max Sawyer permalink
    March 25, 2019 3:02 pm

    A Friday off school spent racketing around with your mates with no disciplinary action to follow. What’s not to like?

  13. A man of no rank permalink
    March 25, 2019 5:47 pm

    Teachers do not write the UK’s school curriculum. Blaming them for the scant knowledge of youngsters does not help. Allow this ex-teacher to suggest a better way forward.
    Employ someone to find out and challenge the sources of disinformation. Start on the GOV.UK advisory sites, followed by all the content in Key Stages 1 to 4 and then in each A level subject. A massive amount of work is involved I know – but I see no other way.
    In a ‘Climate Change Explained’ government document of July 2018 there is a lot of material which Paul would challenge in minutes. Melting ice, sea level rises, warming/acidic oceans etc. They claim that the ‘sun makes a much smaller contribution to climate change than CO2’ (6,000oC vs 0.04% comes to mind!)
    Unless all this information can be collated, taken to the courts to correct the curriculum, nothing will change. And the litter droppers will keep taking Friday off.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      March 26, 2019 1:21 pm

      Now if only we sceptics were actually funded by Big Oil. Sadly, my BP and Shell income is not sufficient to give up the day job to fight alarmist nonsense.

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