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November 9, 2020



For those who were unable to watch the Yes Prime Minister clip yesterday, the You Tube link is below:

I’m not sure if will make any difference, but!

  1. November 9, 2020 10:00 am

    I think humor, irony is the best way to get a message across especially when dealing with absurdity. I notice Douglas Murray uses it frequently to very good effect. Still, from my own experience when challenging a patently flawed concept (for example the current paradigm for North Sea Graben development based on a combination of Atlantic Spreading and Alpine push). Usually all I get is a blank stare. It does avoid the anger which invariably comes when people are on the defensive but I just keep hoping for the day when I see the lights go on in someones eyes when they grasp the enormity of the point I am making.

  2. Tim Leeney permalink
    November 9, 2020 10:26 am

    Paul, I am forwarding this clip widely, but have been asked about its origins: was it made by the BBC (surely not)? Brilliant, but it would be good to know where who made it and when.

    • November 9, 2020 11:51 am

      Although the original series was BBC, I believe the new series is UK TV Gold

  3. John Westover permalink
    November 9, 2020 10:57 am

    Thought you could watch this on Thursday, instead of risking the Tavern.

    Seems it is not on till December!


  4. Tim Spence permalink
    November 9, 2020 4:11 pm

    Not in Spain, ‘cannot be shown for copyright reasons’

  5. Broadlands permalink
    November 9, 2020 4:12 pm

    Still unable to see it. Can’t seem to find it elsewhere.

    • OldCynic permalink
      November 12, 2020 6:09 am


      May I suggest you buy a Virtual Private Network (VPN) application. I’ve got mine from ProtonMail – primarily for the security functionality — but it has the happy side-effect that if you connect to a security node in the UK you can watch everything that is intended to be restricted to people with UK internet addresses, regardless of where in the world you happen to be.

      It’s DEAD EASY to use. Just download it and it will install itself. Then there is a nice user interface in which you say what country you want to connect to. Protonmail is not the only supplier of VPN software; there are plenty out there.

  6. A Man of No Rank permalink
    November 9, 2020 4:17 pm

    Clip available on YouTube here in the UK. Great comedy and enjoyable acting by the Prime Minister.
    Wrote to my local MP (nice bloke) a couple of months back to protest about Caroline Lucas’s badly written Early Day Motion on keeping Temp rises below 1.5oC. The reply was true Yes Prime Minister material – boasting about “the UK being the FIRST of the G7 countries to legislate to achieve net zero emmisions by 2050”.
    Talk about turning a defeat into a victory!
    Obviously, with the help of Paul’s non stop facts and figures, I could reply asking how they aim to keep 160 Megatonnes of cardice at -80oC, an amount that grows each year, suggested we should not be bragging about winning the race to the bottom, China eternally grateful and man made CO2 nowt to do with Climate Change. Not expecting a reply.

  7. A Man of No Rank permalink
    November 9, 2020 4:20 pm

    Sorry Cardice at -80 degrees C.

  8. Mack permalink
    November 9, 2020 5:53 pm

    Interestingly, the original clip posted on You Tube was several minutes longer and contained the civil servant’s forensic destruction of global warming theory before doing the about turn illustrated in the above clip. About a year ago, that section of the clip suddenly disappeared from You Tube. Funny that. It was almost as if the activist moderators at YT wanted to limit the fallout from a very witty evisceration of one of their pet projects. Surely not?

    • El Toro permalink
      November 9, 2020 7:13 pm

      Perhaps this is the bit that’s missing?

  9. Gamecock permalink
    November 10, 2020 12:17 am
  10. jack broughton permalink
    November 10, 2020 10:39 am

    A SNP quango called Home Energy Scotland has announced that ”Homeowners will be able to apply for 75% cashback up to the value of £7,500 towards the cost of a renewable heating system and a further 40% cashback up to £6,000 for energy efficiency measures”. By this they obviously mean heat pumps etc to use the so-called renewable electricity that Scotland produces in great excess sometimes or none at others. This is green self-justification gone mad: they are glibly spending UK money that should be used for poverty reduction, health improvement etc on vanity projects.

    They have obviously not looked at the CoP of Heat Pumps in Scottish winters …. Oops…… I forgot that these will of course be very mild in future so the heat pumps will work better and the people won’t freeze.

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