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Claire Perry Gets The Boot!

February 2, 2020

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dennis Ambler



It would appear that the BBC and the Guardian get their act together!


Just a few days ago, Matt McGrath was praising Claire Perry to the skies:



If the Glasgow climate conference fails to deliver, it could mark the end of the global approach to tackling the problem.

COP26 in November will see around 200 world leaders meet to agree a new, long term deal on rising temperatures.

But according to Claire O’Neill, the president of COP26, the UK has "one shot" at making it a success.

She told a BBC documentary that if Glasgow fails, people will question the whole UN approach.

COP26 marks a critical moment for the UN in the long running effort to find a global solution to climate change.

As part of the Paris climate deal, agreed in 2015, countries are meant to update their carbon cutting plans by the end of this year.

So far, 114 say they have done this, or are in the process of doing so this year.

Another 120 countries have now told the UN that they have either agreed on plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 or are working towards that goal.

While this represents some progress, a key part of the Glasgow meeting will be trying to push countries to go even further.

In December, there was widespread dismay after countries failed to agree on more ambitious steps at the Madrid conference of the parties known as COP25.

The messy compromise in the Spanish capital has also left a raft of complex issues unresolved, including the use of carbon markets, plus the question of compensation for loss and damage suffered by poorer nations from storms and rising sea levels.

Underpinning the lack of progress in Madrid was the huge gap between big emitters such as Brazil, Australia, India, China and US and an alliance of countries wanting to go much faster including the European Union, small island states and vulnerable nations.

Former UK minister Claire O’Neill has been tasked with presiding over COP26 and delivering an agreement acceptable to all.

Widely seen as knowledgeable and authoritative, Ms O’Neill says that Glasgow is the best, and perhaps last chance to make progress under the long drawn out UN process.

"I think we have one shot," she said, speaking to the BBC at the end of the Madrid conference in December.

"I think if we don’t have a successful outcome next year people will legitimately look at us and say ‘what are you doing, is there a better way?’

"I think we have this amazing opportunity to get the world together to talk about ambition but crucially to deliver it, and I guess I am really determined to do that."


Unfortunately he forgot to check his script first with his chums at the Guardian, who published this four days later:


Claire O’Neill, the former UK energy minister who was to lead the UN climate talks this year in Glasgow, has been removed from the post.

Her sacking comes as Boris Johnson prepares to launch the UK’s strategy for hosting November’s crunch climate talks, known as COP26.

O’Neill, under her Twitter handle of @COP26President, wrote on Friday evening: “Very sad that the role I was offered by Boris Johnson last year has now been rescinded as Whitehall ‘can’t cope’ with an indy COP unit. A shame we haven’t had one climate cabinet meeting since we formed. Wishing the COP team every blessing in the climate recovery emergency.”

The dramatic last-minute change of plan follows murmurings over the past month that O’Neill, known under her previous married name of Perry when she was a minister, lacked the gravitas for one of the most important jobs in international politics this year.

A source in the COP26 unit said: “Claire has seriously underperformed, including at Davos and on a recent ministerial visit to India. She had said ‘the Paris agreement is dead’ in key meetings to the surprise of everyone.

“She didn’t seem to get that this is a diplomatic job. The senior team of officials in the unit couldn’t work with her and her erratic behaviour and poor performance has spooked key stakeholders in the UK and internationally. She had to go. The PM now needs to show he is taking this seriously by appointing a heavy-hitting minister.”


Obviously telling everybody that the Paris so-called Agreement has been a waste of time is rather like telling the Emperor he has no clothes!

But poor deluded Matt McGrath still seems to think that the rest of the world gives a toss about any of this nonsense.

  1. Kevin Lohse permalink
    February 2, 2020 10:34 pm

    Owen Patterson’s the man for the job. Watching Greenie heads explode will add to the gaiety of the occasion.

    • Adamsson permalink
      February 3, 2020 10:16 am

      James Dellingpoll would seem an ideal candidate

      • Robert Jones permalink
        February 3, 2020 10:46 am

        Delingpole is a star writer but Owen Patterson has more gravitas and a good track record for sensible ways to move the debate onto safe ground.

  2. martinbrumby permalink
    February 2, 2020 10:37 pm

    McGrath seems to think there are 114+120=234 countries (& USA) in the UN.

    I hope he checked his £100,000 brown envelope from the Ruinable Energy Mafia more carefully than that.

  3. martinbrumby permalink
    February 2, 2020 10:42 pm

    There isn’t any Government Minister I”d trust within 100 miles of Glasgow COP26

    Lord Lawson might be OK?
    Mike Kelly?

  4. Immune to propganda permalink
    February 2, 2020 10:44 pm

    I think the funniest and most ridiculous thing of all is that the warmists think we can control the climate. As if we have a thermostat in our hands which can alter temperatures. It’s the most imbecilic thing I have ever encountered and yet these loony tunes are deadly serious.

    Skeptics need to think how can we attack the UN where all this Marxist nonsense and the smacking ban on children came from. How do we stop these evil Marxist eco control freaks?

  5. Jackington permalink
    February 2, 2020 10:45 pm

    But Claire has said the Paris Accord is dead, so she can’t be all bad.

  6. February 2, 2020 11:00 pm

    The story of King Canute and the tide is an apocryphal anecdote illustrating the piety or humility of King Canute the Great, recorded in the 12th century by Henry of Huntingdon.

    In the story, Canute demonstrates to his flattering courtiers that he has no control over the elements (the incoming tide) ….

  7. Roger Cole permalink
    February 2, 2020 11:27 pm

    Unfortunately it looks as if she was fired to make room for someone even worse!

  8. February 2, 2020 11:39 pm

    “If the Glasgow climate conference fails to deliver, it could mark the end of the global approach to tackling the problem.”

    We hope so….but….
    not until they’ve had COP50 !

  9. trevor collins permalink
    February 2, 2020 11:54 pm

    greetings from New Zealand………since my ‘retirement in 1989, I have been following the ups and downs of all ‘things climate’…… warming/climate change/climate control/, now
    its climate EMERGENCY……..we are doomed in 2020? 2030?? 2050?? regards, from Trevor Collins, (87 in August, 2020), I wonder what the ‘climate will be 2030??).

  10. February 3, 2020 1:37 am

    “But according to Claire O’Neill, the president of COP26, the UK has “one shot” at making it a success.”

    The UK is the venue of the COP meeting not and norhing more. The organization holding the meeting is the United Nations, an ill defined entity that has lost its way and that has been captured by self serving bureaucrats trying to find legitimacy and $$$budget$$$ in its novel self defined role as global environmental manager.

    • jack broughton permalink
      February 3, 2020 3:21 pm

      Interesting thought that it will just increase tourism to Glasgow. However, I suspect that the UK will carry the costs, which is why Chile backed-out?

  11. Graeme No.3 permalink
    February 3, 2020 1:51 am

    I notice Australia is mentioned as a ‘big emitter’ (as is Brazil) but not Iran, Russia, Korea, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia nor Germany which emit more. Does the list depend on the level of compliance with the agenda?

    • martinbrumby permalink
      February 3, 2020 6:04 am

      But they reckon there are enough greenie Quislings in Australia for their bullying to get traction.
      Just like in the UK.

      Whereas this tactic wouldn’t work for five minutes in Iran, Russia, Saudi etc. Not least because those countries stand (with China) to benefit most from the UK and Oz cutting their own throats.

    • Rowland P permalink
      February 3, 2020 10:00 am

      Some of the Aussie press and their public broadcaster, ABC, are calling for a complete ban on climate realises and even to having them prosecuted for “denying” that us humans are causing catastrophic climate change (not).

    • dennisambler permalink
      February 3, 2020 3:17 pm

      Australia produced 1.18% of global emissions, 420 million tonnes, in 2018. China produced 28%, 10.3 Billion tonnes, over 28 million tonnes PER DAY. If Australia closed down tomorrow, China would replace their emissions in just 15 days.

    • OldCynic permalink
      February 3, 2020 8:44 pm

      The rationale for declaring Oz a big emitter is that Oz is the world’s largest exporters of LNG and one of the world’s largest exporters of coal (nearly 400 million tons, which when burned releases 1.1 billion tons of CO2) Therefore Australia is exporting emissions. Therefore Australia is the world’s greatest emitter per head of population…… etc.

      The double counting of emissions – attributing it to both the country that exported the energy AND the country that eventually burned it – are ignored. A child of five could see through it, so the proponents just scream louder that Australia is a huge emitter and drown out the sound of those trying to introduce common sense

  12. martinbrumby permalink
    February 3, 2020 6:09 am

    What’s the betting that we will get Michael Gove as COP26 President?

    • George Lawson permalink
      February 3, 2020 9:56 am

      It will be a catastrophe if Michael Gove gets it. He has already done enormous damage to the car industry through his call for all diesel vehicles to be taken off the roads by 2040, and his ridiculous and impossible directive that all vehicles should be electrically powered by 2050. In addition, he gave his uncritical support of the Government’s Committee on Climate Change, whose Chairman, Lord Deben, was found to be taking up to £600,000 from suppliers benefitting from his committee’s recommendations.

    • dennisambler permalink
      February 3, 2020 3:19 pm

      WWF will be pushing for it:

  13. February 3, 2020 6:23 am

    “… big emitters such as Brazil, Australia, India, China and US …”.
    Australia accounts for only ~1% of global human CO2 emissions; it’s jolly decent of Matt to mention us along with the big guys but we could do better.

    Time-lapse animated video of global carbon dioxide emissions due to fossil fuel burning, gas flaring and cement production 1751 – 2008.

  14. February 3, 2020 7:08 am

    I’m sure that Boris will be able to find somebody to match Claire Perry for incompetence and lack of scientific understanding. There are thousands to chose from.

  15. GeoffB permalink
    February 3, 2020 7:47 am

    Matt Ridley would be a good choice….

    • Stev permalink
      February 3, 2020 9:37 am

      Rab C Nesbit or Jamie would be good for the Scots Green image.

  16. Ian Wilson permalink
    February 3, 2020 7:49 am

    Like Roger Cole and Phillip Bratby I fear we might end up with someone even worse, but the quote “widely seen as knowledgeable and authoritative” did at least make me smile.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      February 3, 2020 2:03 pm

      Yes, I thought that was an interesting way of describing somebody who would lose out to two lengths of timber.

  17. Mack permalink
    February 3, 2020 8:34 am

    O/T slightly, but check out the BBC news today with a report that the ouija scientists at the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh & the Met Office are now predicting that ‘hotter, drier summers’ will be the new norm in Scotland. Oh, how I laughed at that one. Having just endured the soggiest summer in years, from a decade of soggy summers, I can hardly recall any outstandingly hot weather for any sustained period in my lifetime. We had a few hot days in June 2018 and the Spring of 2012 was quite toasty for us but, for the most part our summers have been monotonously coolish and damp in recent years with just the odd cluster of warm days to break up the monotony. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary is going on with the Scottish climate I can assure you.

    • Tony Budd permalink
      February 3, 2020 9:01 am

      Actually 1976 had what we remember as being the hottest Scottish summer: we actually came across a totally-empty reservoir while driving through the Highlands trying to cool ourselves down in the car. Nothing like as long a period of hot dry weather there since then – and we’ve been there every summer since 1991. Not much of an upward trend then!

      • Steve permalink
        February 3, 2020 9:34 am

        Maybe the Scottish Tourist Board had a hand in this.

    • Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
      February 3, 2020 11:18 am

      Ditto, agree. This climber can observe UK Lake District is cooler and damper now than it was in the 80s and 90s, I can tell from the photographs and what we wear now as against then. In 2015 winter ended in June. In 2019 we had the coldest November for a long time. The Newton Rigg weather records show no warming or drying out over a very long time frame.
      Warming would be paradise for a climber, but it ain’t happening except in the minds of cultists.

      • john cooknell permalink
        February 3, 2020 1:44 pm

        According to my taxi driver who conveyed me from Glasgow Airport a Scottish winter is 18 months long, I hope all those attending COP 26 have been told to bring a coat.

        November in Glasgow is always pleasant, it can be nearly dark all day.

  18. Coeur de Lion permalink
    February 3, 2020 9:30 am

    If I was a minister I’d duck and weave not to get landed with this job. Bound to fail. Perhaps Boris has someone lined up whom he dislikes or he is a secret rationalist and will appoint an incompetent. I do hope COP26 gets lots of TV coverage – slews of mad-looking foreigners stumbling through the snow, raving sub-committee chairpersons, free meal collection sites, endless fun.

  19. tonyb permalink
    February 3, 2020 9:45 am

    “lacked the gravitas for one of the most important jobs in international politics this year.”

    Looking back over the last 20 years as the EU has sucked the need for decision making from our politicians, can anyone tell me how many over this period has had ‘gravitas’?

  20. Ray Sanders permalink
    February 3, 2020 10:27 am

    Remember COP15 in Copenhagen 2009? I recall Kate Silverton on the BBC main news reporting on all the European cold temperatures and ill effects. And then with a smirk on her face went on to discuss the record hot year and events at COP15!
    No doubt if it is minus 10 in Glasgow for COP25 they will blames it on climate “chaos”!

  21. Ian Cook permalink
    February 3, 2020 10:55 am

    Obviously, Boris is not the whole package we hoped for (and the country needs), what with HS2 and Green crepe, so I doubt he will do the best thing all round and tell the International Hot Air Convention that he will be sending nobody at all. They can just have their expensive and pointless chat among themselves.

  22. Dave Ward permalink
    February 3, 2020 11:04 am

    “Widely seen as knowledgeable and authoritative”

    You must be having a laugh! As for suing the government, she would (most likely) have been given the boot anyway:

    And am I the only one who wonders why the sudden use of “O’Neill” ? When I first heard this, I thought it might be someone else.

  23. It doesn't add up... permalink
    February 3, 2020 11:16 am

    I can’t see the whole story at the moment, but perhaps Boris was doing Corbyn’s bidding?

    Lib Dems wanted her out too.

    According to the Grauniad leading contenders to take over are Michael Gove, Zac Goldsmith and Andrea Leadsom. Former Conservative leaders William Hague and Michael Howard have also been suggested as possible candidates.

    Dooming Gove to failure might be smart politics by Boris.

    • tonyb permalink
      February 3, 2020 11:35 am

      Bearing in mind she is a strident green activist I don’t understand why the various climate fanatics in the various parties would want to get her out. Motivations anyone?

  24. Roger B permalink
    February 3, 2020 12:47 pm

    I am not sure how to bring this to Paul’s attention, but he has been mentioned in despatches 🙂

    Best regards


    • Dave Ward permalink
      February 3, 2020 2:12 pm

      “Last year, Wikipedia downgraded Breitbart as an unreliable source for facts”

      Pot, Kettle, Black…

      As for Bob Ward moaning about foreign money influencing UK policy – he’s the paid lapdog of Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo, a Boston-based asset management firm. GMO has more than US$118 billion in assets under management as of March 2015 No conflict there, I suppose!

  25. MrGrimNasty permalink
    February 3, 2020 1:30 pm

    Only kicked out so Boris could personally parade his green wokeness?

  26. Vernon E permalink
    February 3, 2020 3:00 pm

    She was useless – good riddance. But I have lost all confidence in Boris – very disappointing. So far WRONG about Huawae: why upset out allies. WRONG about HS2: nobody will be able to afford to travel on it. WRONG about tech taxes: should introduce a non-discriminatory turnover tax for all foreign companies trading here. WRONG about extending student loans, the non-repayments will make the sub-prime crisis look like a piggy bank raid. WRONG about the absurd climate change panel. How much more?

  27. HotScot permalink
    February 4, 2020 7:51 am

    Did I miss something. Dis Claire Perry get the boot as well as Claire O’Neill?

    • HotScot permalink
      February 4, 2020 7:52 am


  28. Bollyumph permalink
    February 4, 2020 8:16 am

    So is anyone organising an anti protest at COP26? Something must be done before they deconstruct, piece by piece, the civilisation we’ve built.

  29. HotScot permalink
    February 4, 2020 9:09 am

    Sorry, just realised it’s Clair Perry O’neill. Why the f**k these lunatic feminists can’t stick with one name, presumably in this case, her married name, is beyond me.

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