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Guardian Scum Strike Again

December 31, 2020

By Paul Homewood


Is there a more pathetic rag in the world than the Guardian?



When lockdown began, climate scientists were horrified at the unfolding tragedy, but also intrigued to observe what they called an “inadvertent experiment” on a global scale. To what extent, they asked, would the Earth system respond to the steepest slowdown in human activity since the second world war?

Environmental activists put the question more succinctly: how much would it help to save the planet?

Almost one year on from the first reported Covid case, the short answer is: not enough. In fact, experts say the pandemic may have made some environmental problems worse, though there is still a narrow window of opportunity for something good to come from something bad if governments use their economic stimulus packages to promote a green recovery.

During the northern hemisphere spring, when restrictions were at their strictest, the human footprint softened to a level not seen in decades. Flights halved, road traffic in the UK fell by more than 70%. Industrial emissions in China, the world’s biggest source of carbon, were down about 18% between early February and mid-March – a cut of 250m tonnes. Car use in the United States declined by 40%. So light was humankind’s touch on the Earth that seismologists were able to detect lower vibrations from “cultural noise” than before the pandemic.

British Airways planes parked on the tarmac at Glasgow Airport in March 2020.

British Airways planes parked on the tarmac at Glasgow Airport in March 2020. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA


The respite was too short to reverse decades of destruction, but it did provide a glimpse of what the world might feel like without fossil fuels and with more space for nature.

Wildlife did not have time to reclaim lost territory but it had scope for exploration. Alongside apocalyptic images of deserted roads, the internet briefly buzzed with heartwarming clips of sheep in a deserted playground in Monmouthshire, Wales, coyotes on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, wild boar snuffling through the streets of Barcelona, and deer grazing not far from the White House in Washington DC. Wildflowers flourished on roadsides because verges were cut less frequently.

In the global south, the picture was more mixed. Rhino poaching declined in Tanzania due to disruption of supply chains and restrictions on cross-border movements, but bushmeat hunting, illegal firewood collection and incursions into protected areas increased in India, Nepal and Kenya because local communities lost tourist income and sought other ways to care for their families.


How on earth could anybody normal welcome a year which has seen millions of deaths , global economic dislocation and third world poverty, all as a result of the Wuhan virus? Which according to this nobhead, Jonathan Watts, did not last long enough to have a “real” effect.


Evidently this utter prat would prefer it if even more workers had lost their jobs, whole populations locked up for years on end, and millions more die, just so that a few wildflowers can grown by the roadside.

I’m not sure who are more depraved – idiots like Watts who write this drivel, or the sad, pathetic rabble who read it.

  1. ianprsy permalink
    December 31, 2020 10:46 pm

    The Left can’t be helped. Happy New Year, Paul.

  2. GeoffB permalink
    December 31, 2020 10:55 pm

    I am sure all the sons and daughters that lost their parents/grandparents due to covid as well as losing their jobs or their businesses, not seeing their families for months and all the self isolating oldies (like me) are so proud that we saved some butterflies and insects by our sacrifices. If we keep it up the polar bears and walrus may live and the barrier reef may recover. Jonathan is a ray of sunshine in our lives.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 1, 2021 1:30 pm

      And the irony is that there are more polar bears then ever, walrus are doing just fine – unless they encounter the many polar bears or are scared off a cliff by a Netflix drone – and there is nothing wrong with the Great Barrier Reef that honest, accurate and competent science can’t resolve.

  3. Neil Mahony permalink
    December 31, 2020 11:16 pm

    The L.A. Times is just as bad if not worse.

  4. markl permalink
    December 31, 2020 11:32 pm

    Never let a crisis go to waste.

  5. Steve Dawes permalink
    December 31, 2020 11:57 pm

    At least the promoters of Brexit (Telegraph, Daily Mail, Express and Sun) will do the climate a bigger favour by shutting a lot of our industry and transport down

    • David Calder permalink
      January 1, 2021 12:06 pm

      What ARE you on dude?

  6. yonason permalink
    January 1, 2021 12:08 am

    But if we can’t trust the “experts,” who then can we trust? //s//

    H/T. – John Ray

  7. January 1, 2021 2:04 am

    Yet another question here is why the rate of rise in atmos co2 did not respond to the slowdown.

  8. Howard Pymble permalink
    January 1, 2021 2:45 am

    Paul: your ask “I’m not sure who are more depraved – idiots like Watts who write this drivel, or the sad, pathetic rabble who read it.”

    The answer to your question is contained in the tenet of the thoroughly debauched: “What does depravity matter if we are all depraved together.”

    The warped and vile writing of this driveller is matched in its entirety by the blinkered and degenerate thinking of the readers of this putrid publication.

    • David Calder permalink
      January 1, 2021 12:08 pm

      We need to take the fight to them… The ‘red wall’ and ‘fly over states’ did start making some noise but on this issue we have zero impact without a ‘face’….

  9. January 1, 2021 2:54 am

    The Guardian is one of the politically correct mouthpieces for the new world order

    • January 1, 2021 3:09 am

      In league with the sadly lost BBC, now the minorities obsessed fashionable derangement adopting B(LM)BC.

      Those on the left are deadly serious, about ridged ideological conformance so much so that they absolutely do not care who gets hurt in the process……those right of centre portrayed by the left as uncaring, are in reality too busy dealing with and adapting to problems.

      The whole energy of the left is focussed on gaining then keeping and consolidating power with an ever present hunger for more, increase power by any means and it is the magic trick of all time that no one sees them for what they are.

      • Ariane permalink
        January 1, 2021 10:16 am

        PMFB, …the left…’no one sees them for what they are: which is, as Lenin said, ‘Left Wing Communists’ suffering from ‘an Infantile Disorder.’ Some folk need to examine the similarities between extreme right fascism and extreme left communism. And some folk need to remember that communism is about workers taking control of the means of production; not about having sheep in playgrounds.

  10. mjr permalink
    January 1, 2021 7:02 am

    Paul. Friday 06.45 BBC breakfast doing their annual weatherworld summary of 2020 . Doom and gloom . hottest this. wettest that….climate change… carbon emissions… the usual hyperbole. Worth a watch on catchup and a critical eye.

    • January 1, 2021 7:09 am

      I switched it off (to protect my sanity and the TV) after the introductory false statements and the propaganda.

      Happy New Year to Paul and all his followers.

  11. mjr permalink
    January 1, 2021 7:48 am

    paul . also just seen todays BBC feature
    that well respected and qualified climate expert Justin Rowlatt with “Why 2021 could be turning point for tackling climate change”
    with such gems as
    “The most important announcement on climate change last year came completely out of the blue. At the UN General Assembly in September, the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, announced that China aimed to go carbon neutral by 2060.
    Environmentalists were stunned” Yes Justin.. China is a world leader in this with vague promises.
    “Renewables are now the cheapest energy ever” – just dont read the small print
    “Covid changes everything – build back better”… no comment

    etc etc. Needs proper forensic analysis as it is all bullsh*t”

  12. Coeur de Lion permalink
    January 1, 2021 9:14 am

    I don’t suppose Guardian hacks get paid very much these days but a lot more than a Bangladeshi farmer. OK the hack produces harmful cr&p like this because he’s never been outside the M25 beltway, but what about the Editor and presumably some sort of oversight board? Are they equalling ill-educated or do they have an agenda and shares in windmills?

  13. January 1, 2021 9:18 am

    Note for climate obsessives: medical PPE products and hand sanitizers rely on petrochemicals.

  14. A C Osborn permalink
    January 1, 2021 9:19 am

    Here’s wishing you all health, wealth and happiness in 2021.

    I think Paul was a bit upset by that article and rightly so.

    • January 1, 2021 4:34 pm

      Yes, Paul has written some eloquent prose about the Guardian. It doesn’t seem appropriate to wish for a happy new year but I do hope all the readers of this excellent blog stay alive, well, solvent and sane. E

  15. January 1, 2021 9:48 am

    My heart sank when I heard the trailer for the BBC’s latest daily drivel next week, to be avoided at all costs – 39 Ways to Save the Planet .

  16. MrGrimNasty permalink
    January 1, 2021 9:59 am

    BBC New Year’s Day climate propaganda.

    “Dancing On Thin Ice With Torvill & Dean”

    Supposedly about their wish to find and skate on natural ice in a spectacular place – TV schedule already mentions their struggle in Alaska’s hottest year on record (was it really?).

    More doom/melt than skate/dance I suspect.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      January 1, 2021 7:04 pm

      My mistake – I’m so used to it I just assumed!

      It’s ITV this time.

  17. ThinkingScientist permalink
    January 1, 2021 10:08 am

    Sheep in Wales are wildlife? What a prat.

  18. Harry Davidson permalink
    January 1, 2021 10:57 am

    It is a sound rule of thumb with the media, that if an article doesn’t allow comments BTL then it is almost certainly bollocks. Sadly, with the Graun these days comments provide no assurance as they are just thousands of paraphrases of “I hate the ‘effin’ Toreezs”. The contributors worth reading have all given up.

    Their egregious deceitful twisting of facts is so bad now, the lack balance so complete, that it has ceased to be worth reading. The editor has been charged with getting in subscriptions to keep the thing afloat, and the left don’t do discussion, debate or argument, except when people agree with every word they say. So she doesn’t allow anything that is not right on the party line, or they lose subscriptions.

    I thought it was pretty bad under Rusbridger; it has now sunk without trace.

    • GeoffB permalink
      January 1, 2021 12:04 pm

      I used to comment on the guardian climate change articles, I once called them “green loonies” the comment was removed in a few minutes, so I put it on again with some more comments about censorship, it was removed very quickly, since then I am blocked from all comments on any topic.

    • ianprsy permalink
      January 1, 2021 12:17 pm

      The style and culture of the Guardian can be summed up in its cartoons. Whilst the more mainstream or right wing publications host cartoons that may be cutting or sarcastic, they’re generally funny. In contrast, those in the Guardian are universally vicious and nasty. There are some very angry people working there.

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        January 2, 2021 4:09 pm

        I could not agree more. Frankly Graun cartoons are just disgusting crap and their “authors” probably need psychiatric help..

  19. January 1, 2021 11:33 am

    The second world war slowed human activity? Really?
    Sheep crapping in playgrounds and wild boar snuffling through the streets are good things?
    The left lost its way when it was captured by these self-hating middle class fools.
    Happy new year to all. Your life matters.

    • Ariane permalink
      January 1, 2021 2:11 pm

      The ‘left’ has most certainly lost its way. Not enough hard work for too much food and ease. Decadent? Certainly lots of little grey cells lost.

  20. MrGrimNasty permalink
    January 1, 2021 11:46 am

    Met Office has crunched the DEC. mean Central England Temperature.

    The anomaly was ~+0.3C cf 1961-1990, approx. 110th warmest out of 362 years.

    This was the coldest actual (not relative to normal) month for almost 2 years (since Jan 2019), if you have had the heating turned up that’s why.

    As anticipated, the FINAL YEAR MEAN CET ended up as the THIRD warmest with ~+1.25C anomaly, 2014 remained the warmest at +1.44C.

    Although it was a warm year, in my opinion, it does not alter the fact that although the mean CET appears to have shifted up a notch since the 1980s, it hasn’t really warmed since. It’s still looks more like a natural climate cycle/regime shift or data discontinuity/contamination than steady global warming.

  21. January 1, 2021 1:41 pm

    Why has the drop in carbon emissions due to the lockdowns not shown up in the Mauna Loa Observatory output? Asking for a friend.

  22. January 1, 2021 2:50 pm

    The sad thing is that the relentless drip, drip of AGW propaganda over the years has made people think it is the absolute truth. The majority of people don’t think for themselves, they accept without question what they are told by alleged experts. Even when they are told and can see the evidence for themselves that something is wrong, they cling to the idea that it i right. A high ranking Nazi ( can’t remember his name) famously said that if you could convince somebody that something was a fact and they believed it for three or more weeks, they would not change their views even if they were shown compelling evidence to the contrary!

    • Ariane permalink
      January 1, 2021 5:50 pm

      andrewmharding, exactly. It’s the money fuelling the propaganda; the very rich against whoever threatens them. Now, who made the Nazis feel threatened? Fascism been increasing again?

  23. Gamecock permalink
    January 1, 2021 5:08 pm

    Look at these graphs:

    Note no significant change in rate of increase in rise of atmospheric CO2, in spite of ‘the steepest slowdown in human activity since the second world war.’

    They have their experiment. The results are in: The increase in atmospheric CO2 is NOT human caused. The grand assertion of Climate Change has been falsified.

  24. Peter permalink
    January 1, 2021 7:47 pm

    I accept the Keeling curve as evidence of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration. Alarmists would like us to believe that its slope is entirely due to increasing anthropogenic emissions. Alternatively, it could be due to ocean outgassing, for example as a result of the planet warming from the Little Ice Age. (Co2 is less soluble in warming oceans). The slope could be due to a combination of both.

    When the emissions reduced significantly due to Covid and the Keeling curve did not change the alarmists told us that the reduction was too small to register, even though the smaller increases apparently caused the slope in the first place. Then it was reported that the CO2 had carried on increasing, despite the significant reduction in emissions.So the Keeling curve shows small increases in anthropogenic CO2 but does not show large decreases. How does that work?

    All of this suggests to me that the keeling curve measures mainly the dominant natural changes in atmospheric CO2 and man made changes are too insignificant to register. CO2 is increasing due to warmer oceans in the past. This seems to be in agreement with the many peer reviewed papers discussed by Pierre Goselin over at NoTricksZone which suggest that most places were warmer a few hundred years ago.

    • Coeur de Lion permalink
      January 2, 2021 5:16 pm

      If you look very closely you’ll see that ‘Paris’ from 2015 to 2020 has had a marked effect on the rate of increase of CO2. Oops, sorry. Up about 2ppm p.a.

  25. Patrick Healy permalink
    January 1, 2021 8:20 pm

    “The sad pathetic rabble who dead it” oh come come Paul. I know the BBC is beyond redemption but that is not a very charitable way to talk about them.
    A happier New Year to you and yours.

  26. Patrick Healy permalink
    January 1, 2021 8:22 pm

    Or even read it – its getting late

  27. stevejay permalink
    January 2, 2021 12:34 pm

    It’s time the Guardian started to ‘up sticks’ and move to China, or perhaps North Korea, where its doom laden comrades would be better appreciated. As a newspaper it’s no longer fit for purpose, UNLESS, this latest lockdown leads to another shortage of toilet paper!

  28. EyeSee permalink
    January 4, 2021 8:38 am

    The EU loved a crisis, as it invariably led to them taking more power. Global Warming uses anything and nothing to seize more power. So, the illogical and frankly bizarre, unheralded lockdown to prevent disease method, suddenly adopted everywhere, shouldn’t really shock us.

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