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Harrabin’s Political Activism Exposed

October 29, 2020
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By Paul Homewood


h/t Cheshire Red


Now the media commentator, Mallen Baker, has weighed in with this damning deconstruction of that latest piece by Harrabin, which I looked at the other day.

I have been reporting for years about how Roger Harabin’s promotion of the green agenda has abused his position at the BBC. One of his well worn tricks is to invite comments from his tight knit group of eco-activists, and then dress them up as fact.


His conclusions neatly sum everything up:

“Public policy activism masquerading as science.

Pushing a position, while pretending to be reporting expert evidence”


  1. October 29, 2020 11:12 am

    It gets harder by the day to accept that the Beeb actually pays Horridbin for his endless, unevidenced and biased garbage. Perhaps the new bloke in charge might read their Charter. Then again, probably not.

    • Jeff Todd permalink
      October 29, 2020 5:41 pm

      The BBC pension fund was invested in green rubbish by its actuary. When the green bubble bursts, the pension fund is bankrupt;

  2. jack broughton permalink
    October 29, 2020 11:14 am

    Only a decade ago I was a Radio 4 addict, I used to travel quite a lot and Radio 4 was my normal station. It has now been taken over by lobby groups and activists who are more concerned with hammering their ideology than giving information. Even Woman’s Hour used to give a good, balanced view, it is now feminist drivel. The BBC needs a total drainage programme, beginning with Horrorbin!

    • Pancho Plail permalink
      October 29, 2020 11:43 am

      The decline in radio 4 coincided with my retirement (8 years ago). Does retirement turn a person into a cynical old sceptich or did something happen to R4? I had hoped it would keep me informed and entertained through my retirement, but now I have to make do with on-line forums and Planet Rock.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      October 29, 2020 11:54 am

      I gave up on BBC radio apart from Ken Bruce and Wogan before his retirement about 15 years ago, perhaps more. The trigger was listening to reports on government policy, be they Blair/Brown or Cameron and the only people asked to comment were either Labour MPs or activists.

  3. October 29, 2020 11:18 am

    It isn’t just this guy or just the BBC.
    It is the norm.
    All of climate science and all of climate change reporting.
    It’s all advocacy.

    The only role of science is that the claim to science is part of the advocacy.

    Pls see

    • leitmotif permalink
      October 29, 2020 12:10 pm

      Sky UK is the worst offender.

      • October 29, 2020 12:59 pm

        Thank you for that information. Down here in Thailand we have the Bangkok Post. They try hard but I am sure they won’t measure up.

      • Rowland P permalink
        October 29, 2020 3:02 pm

        Sky Australia is the direct opposite!

    • Ariane permalink
      October 29, 2020 6:49 pm

      chaamjamal, as usual, absolutely correct and it’s dreadful.

  4. A Man of No Rank permalink
    October 29, 2020 11:26 am

    This deconstruction of Harrabin is a good analysis.
    But has Baker, and everyone else, now assumed that man-made CO2 controls our Climate?
    Does the sun not get a mention any more?

    • October 29, 2020 1:54 pm

      He admits he fully accepts the IPCC version, and he has a background as a green activist, so he is actually coming at this from Harrabin’s side, which makes his assessment even more damning

    • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
      October 29, 2020 3:29 pm

      For most people, yes, it has become an axiom** “that man-made CO2 controls our Climate>.”

      Do not resist or a reeducation camp is in your future. {Poe’s Law}

      _ _ _ _
      ** ‘that which commends itself as evident.’ [Wiki]

      • Natchealth permalink
        October 29, 2020 5:29 pm

        Amend ‘manmade CO2’ to “Horidbin”

  5. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 29, 2020 12:06 pm

    Triggered by Charles Moore in the Spectator who resented the same Harrabin piece just after eight on Radio 4 on Tuesday 13 Oct, Complained (again) that he catalogued present weather as exceptional, said ‘that’s caused by one degree‘, then “if we go on as we are it will be three degrees”. Asked BBC to find out what his sources were and let me know. NASA shows global wildfires declining globally. So either he’s lying or he’s incompetent.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      October 29, 2020 12:16 pm

      Both, I dare say.

  6. David permalink
    October 29, 2020 12:15 pm

    The problem with the BBC is that most of its output is campaigning for ideas from Climate change activists, BAME people, Unskilled people, Disabled people, Homosexuals, Lesbians, Communists and academics with apolitical agenda. All these groups although entitled to representation are only a small proportion of the potential R4 audience.

    • Ariane permalink
      October 29, 2020 7:47 pm

      David, it is the age of identity politics, political correctness and of activism to ensure one’s identity is given respect (after years of disrespect) and for everybody to behave respectfully to others (after years of being openly rude, racist, bullying etc.) For many on this blog, activism may be frustrating as it certainly is in the case of ‘environmentalism’ and the idiotic idea that it can ‘save the planet.’ But just because it’s frustrating should not mean its potency is ignored. In a previous post, I commented at the top that Paul was wrong to say ‘The public have never been given a say over climate policies.’ Someone asked me to give citations which I did, from the Internet, links, numbers, campaign names and other details proving that pre-CC Act of 2008 there was a groundswell of public opinion in favour of a CC Act. Unfortunately, the Commentator then said I am ‘fond of quoting numbers…’ Truth to tell, such respsonses quite possibly indicate a huge frustration and irritation (anger, even) with the power of activism and altruism both of which were quite misguided in the case of the public support in the months leading up to the CC Acts of 2008 and 2009. But it does not help to ignore the power of activism because it is only activism which will bring about the repeal of climate legislation including Theresa May’s dreadful leaving present of Zero Carbon. The Conservative Party is primarily interested in staying in power and it will do whatever the voters (the public) want, so voters (particularly in the Red Wall) have to realize how dreadful UK ‘climate legislation’ is. Then they have to alert their MPs. Then the repeal of the legislation, like Brexit, will happen.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        October 29, 2020 10:22 pm

        Ariane. Very clever. I am the ‘someone’ you (mis)quoted in your comment above.
        I, with another, asked you for citations for your claim there was a groundswell of support for the CCA. In return, you produced a load of dead URL links but claimed they showed the numbers supporting the Act. I said you merely showed that your friends at FoE were in favour. It was hardly a valid poll.
        In passing, I don’t recall you commenting here before but I’d appreciate it that if you’re going to (mis)quote me (in a later thread!) have the decency to reference me.
        Finally, your earlier comment seemed to be in favour of CCA yet your later comments seem to be against the CC orthodoxy.

      • Ariane permalink
        October 30, 2020 8:17 am

        I have never claimed to produce the results of a ‘valid poll’ proving there was a groundswell of opinion favouring the CC Acts. Sorry some of the links were dead but that’s hardly my fault! My point, however, is quite valid even without ‘a valid poll’ or numbers (which now you seem to think ARE important.) It wasn’t just FoE and FoES but very many organisations, charities and churches with their members, the people using their outlets and making donations etc. – who, frustratingly were in support of limiting CO2 emissions. Even the Conservative Party had its own draft Bill. In my ignorance, I supported the 2009 CCA. Within a few months of studying the history of the whole anti-CO2 campaign, however, I realized how wrong I’d been. I expect there’ll be many others out there like that. The point, surely, is not to wrangle over whether we have ‘valid’ numbers but to accept the basic premise that many people did support the legislation that would destroy industry and put up utility prices, and to recognize that people can change their minds when they understand how they’ve been hoodwinked by people far more powerful and better-funded.

    • martincreggguinan permalink
      October 29, 2020 11:00 pm

      David, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp., which costs us taxpayers one billion dollars a year) is EXACTLY the same as you describe.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    October 29, 2020 12:28 pm

    Mallen Baker also likes to ‘debunk’ Tony Heller and YouTube/Google like to recommend his videos to Heller viewers.

    I think this critique of Harrabin’s article is more driven by a worry that Harrabin/BBC bias might undermine the climate change/energy revolution project in some way.

    Aside: ‘expert’ Jess Ralston of ECIU = Richard Black ex-BBC climate correspondent!

  8. Charles permalink
    October 29, 2020 2:39 pm

    Don’t just de-criminilise – DEFUND.

  9. Patsy Lacey permalink
    October 29, 2020 2:55 pm

    Quote from Ben Lawrence in “The Arts Agenda” D. Telegraph about BBC Sound
    “…recently I have wanted to rip my ears off at the umpteenth time I’ve heard a promotion for new climate change podcast What Planet Are We On? Marketed to death, I fear not due to genuine ecological concerns but because guests on the show included David Attenborough and human sedative Lily Cole.”
    love the description of Lily!

  10. Gerry, England permalink
    October 29, 2020 3:04 pm

    Will anyone have a stomach strong enough to watch the BBC2 series on our energy generation. 20 to 30 years ago I would have it as a programme to watch but not now as I fully expect bullshit from start to finish.

    • October 29, 2020 11:07 pm

      I have recorded it and may watch it another day. I hope Paul will do one his brilliant analyses of its content.

  11. John Cullen permalink
    October 29, 2020 3:38 pm

    Nineteen days ago, on 10th October, I wrote to the BBC’s new DG to complain about their climate activism. I mentioned Harrabin explicitly and backed up my complaint with links to some of our host’s work and with a link to Booker’s GWPF report on the BBC’s bias.

    I have not yet received the rather curt dismissal that has usually served as reply to my complaints. However, these are early days – there is plenty of time for my complaint to be dismissed again. Unless, that is, the worm is beginning to turn … just a little.

    John Cullen.

  12. Jason permalink
    October 29, 2020 6:03 pm

    All the BBC’s “environment correspondents” (or in Harrabin’s case, “analyst” ) have been doing this for YEARS. One of the many great scandals of our age.

  13. Buchan lad permalink
    October 29, 2020 6:43 pm

    Mallen Baker nails it brilliantly . No wonder BBC is on the skids with its activism .
    Rod Liddle ( ex BBC ) also v good . Ever wondered why Andrew Neil and Clarkson were dispose of ? Matt Mgrath ( Horrogoblin sidekick ) is often even more biased .

  14. Ben Vorlich permalink
    October 29, 2020 10:07 pm

    He might like to report on this.

    Who are science’s frequent flyers? Climate researchers
    Survey finds climate scholars take more flights on average per year — but make greater effort to offset their emissions.

  15. Adam Gallon permalink
    October 30, 2020 10:56 am

    On the subject of renewables & levies.
    “Ofgem said Renewables Obligation (RO) fees are owed by Nabuh Energy, Robin Hood Energy and Symbio Energy, with all three unable to provide adequate assurances that they will make the payments by a final deadline on October 31.”

  16. Richard Grove permalink
    October 31, 2020 9:07 pm

    Roger Harrabin is well known on this side of the pond. He is prone to conflate stories to suit his agenda. He has a history of outrageous proposals , worse than ER and uses his BBC position to misinform. Only my opinion.


  17. John Cullen permalink
    November 5, 2020 10:59 am

    I have now received the anticipated reply (see my comment above on 29th October) from the BBC’s Audience Services department. It advises me that it cannot help me as, according to their Complaints Framework, complaints have to be made within 30 working days of the broadcast/publication date.

    Since I was complaining about years of activism masquerading as impartial reporting, the BBC said it could not help me. Thus it seems that the Beeb has a statute of limitations which protects their long-term propaganda campaigns from complaint or criticism. How cool is that?


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