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Greenpeace and the annexing of BBC news–Conservative Woman

January 29, 2020

By Paul Homewood


Former BBC news producer David Keighley has the low down on the latest example of the BBC’s green campaign agenda:


THE BBC runs – at our expense – probably the largest and best-resourced newsroom in the world.

So how is it using its journalistic muscle? Its latest ruse is to go into partnership with . . . Greenpeace.

The target of this initiative – evidenced here – seems to be to interfere with the operations of the government agency UK Export Finance (UKEF), which helps facilitate financial support from banks and other sources for British companies which win contracts overseas.

UKEF is already heavily hamstrung by green ideology. For example it is supporting unprofitable solar power but will not touch coal, the electricity generated from which has helped halve poverty in India within a decade.

For Greenpeace, though, such restrictions are obviously not good enough, and now it is trying to stop any investment in any project that generates ‘carbon’.

Enter the BBC. Its programme Newsnight has combined with Greenpeace Unearthed in a ‘special investigation’. 

Full article here.


I have often referred to the UKEF before, which is often incorrectly referred to as “subsidising” fossil fuels.

Its job is twofold:

1) To provide credit insurance to UK companies who export.

2) Provide finance at commercial rates to overseas businesses or governments, who buy UK goods and services.

The explicit purpose is perfectly clear – to support British businesses abroad, who would almost certainly lose out on export sales otherwise.

And as the BBC report states, many other countries are backing the very projects being discussed here. If the UK pulled the plug, there would quickly be many other countries ready to step in.

In short, the UKEF is doing nothing illegal or immoral. So what right does the BBC have to interfere with their operation, which brings huge benefits to the UK?

  1. saparonia permalink
    January 29, 2020 10:15 am

    According to the Guardian, Greenpeace are included with Neo-Nazis on a UK terrorism list
    Funnily, I just read this comment from a reader of armstrong economics blog :
    “First, after the French Revolution, the idea was Marxism . which led to Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Neocons and so many totalitarians. Today, Marxism is sort of worn down a bit, and suspected, so the new necessary idea is environmentalism, in celebration of which; the hoi polloi will vote themselves into chains”

    • Bob of Bonsall permalink
      January 29, 2020 3:30 pm

      It’s not a “Terrorism” list, it’s a list of organisations that take an extreme viewpoint on a range of subjects.

  2. Terry Breverton permalink
    January 29, 2020 10:27 am

    BBC’s Winter watch is now a children’s guide to climate crap, four presenters moaning about the state of the planet, with no snow on the Cairngorms. With luck they’ll get snowed in.

    • Phillip Bratby permalink
      January 29, 2020 11:09 am

      I gave up watching that programme years ago when it went all PC, with its emphasis on diversity and its climate change propaganda. The BBC should be sold off and left to survive without taxpayers funding.

      • The Man at the Back permalink
        January 29, 2020 11:28 am


      • Bertie permalink
        January 29, 2020 2:05 pm

        Whilst I totally agree with the sentiment, that would leave me with no alternative to channels full of adverts, which I cannot abide. Nothing live then – all have to be recorded.

      • Tony Jackson permalink
        January 29, 2020 2:51 pm

        Looking forward to becoming legally licence free in a month or two when my current free licence expires.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      January 29, 2020 1:19 pm

      I read about some poor woman who took 6 hours to get from Dumfries to Glasgow, yeaterday, much of it waiting for snowploughs. Skiing in the Trossachs, if not in the Cairngorms.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        January 29, 2020 1:59 pm

        She is probably lucky the snowploughs are not battery powered yet.

  3. Mack permalink
    January 29, 2020 10:51 am

    Conservative Home have had quite a few sceptical articles lately and Guido Fawkes blog always likes to pile in to the greenies and doomsday merchants. All we need now are some so called ‘conservative’ government ministers, who are known to view these sites, to actually take on board the messages contained within these articles and come to sites like these where the net zero insanity is laid bare in all it’s depressing glory. They might actually learn something.

  4. jack broughton permalink
    January 29, 2020 11:17 am

    I had not realised that ECGD had morphed into UKEF: which shows how useless it is to small businesses. My company exports to about 50 countries, many of which are amongst the “least desirable” countries in the world: several blacked by the US (or is it CIA). We never used ECGD in over 40 years as it was both too expensive and tied to bureaucrats; i.e. a quango for the in-crowd .

    The BBC has a lot to answer for as the article by David Keighley illustrates well: will they ever be held to account for the massive damage that they have caused to the UK by their repeated disingenuous reporting and lobbying????

    • The Man at the Back permalink
      January 29, 2020 11:32 am

      “Will they ever be held to account for the massive damage that they have caused to the UK by their repeated disingenuous reporting and lobbying????”

      Well Jack, one would hope so, but I am not holding my breath.

  5. January 29, 2020 11:47 am

    I will be interested to see what January 31, 2020 and following brings to the situation. Likely some real changes. Perhaps a return to reality?

  6. dennisambler permalink
    January 29, 2020 11:53 am

    Check out John Redwood today: “Mrs Merkel and climate change”

    • January 29, 2020 4:46 pm

      Redwood believes in magical greenhouse gases. He has no clue, sorry to say.

  7. mjr permalink
    January 29, 2020 12:33 pm

    Ah,, Greenpeace… that noble organisation set up for the benefit of mankind?
    No . the organisation responsible for the deaths of thousands of children and adults in poorer countries due to their continual, vocal and energetic campaigning against Golden Rice.
    Where are the French secret service when you really need them?
    But then campaigning against any use of fossil fuels in the third world to remediate the lack of electricity and thousands of deaths due to inhaling of fumes from cooking fires made from animal dung. is expected from them. People do not matter.
    I look forward to seeing the next Greenpeace chugger in the street and giving them a good kick where the sun don’t shine

  8. January 29, 2020 12:39 pm

    Greenpeace started as a genuine environmentalist organisation: ecologist Dr. Patrick Moore was among the co-founders, and they did valuable work saving whales & seals etc.
    Unfortunately, when the Berlin Wall came down, Greenpeace was invaded by a bunch of Neo-Marxist extremists who forced Dr. Moore out.

    Greenpeace should now be viewed as an anti-humanist extremist organisation, dedicated to depopulation on a vast scale, de-industrialisation back to a non-existent feudal paradise of Lords & serfs, & a world totalitarian govt. Their partnership with the BBC is a step toward totalitarianism in the West.

    Instructive books are climatologist Dr. Tim Ball’s 2016 handbook for the layman:
    Human Caused Global Warming The Biggest Deception In History.
    In only 121 pages all is revealed: the science & scandals, the politics & profiteers.
    Names are named, & the motives I outlined above.

    Also instructive is Nuclear PhD engineer Robert Zubrin’s 2013 book: Merchants Of Despair.
    The depopulation tactics of the NWO are outlined: about 100,000,000 people have met the awful death of malaria since the June 1972 “banning” of DDT by the US EPA, mostly women & children in the 3rd world. A true holocaust. Zubrin also shows how safe & clean nuclear power has been demonised by the fake news MSM & buried under mountains of govt bureaucracy.

    The plotters reveal themselves:
    Click on Quotes.
    John Doran.

  9. It doesn't add up... permalink
    January 29, 2020 1:21 pm

    The Telegraph tells us today “Lord Hall has previously defended the BBC against accusations of impartiality.”

    Describes the mindset perfectly.

    • Bertie permalink
      January 29, 2020 2:10 pm

      Hahaha! (Good sub-editing).

  10. Joe Public permalink
    January 29, 2020 2:41 pm

    It’s not all doom & gloom:

    “BBC News to close 450 posts as part of £80m savings drive”

  11. Derek W Wood permalink
    January 29, 2020 2:42 pm

    I stopped paying the liense fee years ago, when it became evident(to me, at least) that the BBC is pushing its own, right-on, PC agenda. Stop paying, and let it die.

  12. Mike Stoddart permalink
    January 29, 2020 4:33 pm

    “The Listening Project” Radio 4 at 10.55 am today, Wednesday 29 Jan, surely takes the biscuit.

    • mjr permalink
      January 29, 2020 5:05 pm

      a retired teacher and a retired social worker with idle time and very nice civil service pensions…… it figures ! pure propaganda… and promoting sedition. and talking such self reinforcing b*ll*cks . given the format of the programme can we expect a couple of sceptics on the show to have a conversation..for balance of course,,,,, Paul .. let us know when you and Bennie get an invite

    • January 29, 2020 11:50 pm

      “all the worlds scientists say” meme again!!!

      for gods sake think for yourself.

  13. January 29, 2020 6:22 pm

    Further to our discussion on Attenborough’s BS
    I have identified a massive bias towards “do something” rather than “continue as normal”

    Basically making up problems enables bodies to ask for “more money”
    I noticed that on Monday some dramatic claims were appearing on media about air pollution deaths by a researcher that that internet had literally never heard of before.
    The report was put out by an org called “Centre For Cities”
    a key line is

    “Centre for cities report calls for the UK Government to Triple the size of the Clean Air Fund, which currently is £220 million for the period 2018/19 to 2020/21 to help cities introduce policies to improve air quality “

  14. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 31, 2020 6:29 pm

    In the absence of a topical post may I wish you, Paul, and all commenters, a Happy Neu Year. (As in, No EU). 🙂

  15. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 31, 2020 6:32 pm

    BTW, Esther Rantzen’s letter in today’s DT is a scream.

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